Middlesex County Upgrade for rail drawbridge [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]NJ Transit OKs $4.7M improvement project [/FONT]Home News Tribune Online 04/13/06 STAFF REPORT The Morgan Drawbridge, which straddles the Cheesequake Creek at the Sayreville and Old Bridge border, is getting a makeover. The NJ Transit board of directors yesterday approved a $4.7 million construction contract to restore the North Jersey Coast Line structure. The contract award to Kiska Construction Inc. of Long Island City, N.Y., includes rehabilitation of the mechanism for opening and closing the bridge, as well as other structural and mechanical improvements. Built in 1912, Morgan Drawbridge carries a total of 74 passenger trains each weekday, according to NJ Transit. "This project will improve service reliability for our North Jersey Coast Line customers by ensuring safe and dependable operation of the Morgan Drawbridge," NJ Transit Executive Director George D. Warrington said in a news release. "We want to ensure that the drawbridge continues to operate reliably for another 94 years." NJ Transit plans to minimize customer impact during the construction period by working during off-peak and weekend hours whenever possible. Construction work is expected to begin this spring with a projected completion by the summer of 2007. Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O'Brien said the project is one of a few being funded by the state Transportation Trust Fund. O'Brien said transportation improvements are important to this bedroom community. "Years ago we had 5,000 people working in Sayreville," said O'Brien of the borough's major industrial plants, including DuPont, Hercules and National Lead. "Now it's about 300." NJ Transit is the third largest transit system in the country. http://cmsimg.thnt.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=B5&Date=20060413&Category=NEWS0102&ArtNo=604130353&Ref=AR&Profile=1001&MaxW=300 HOME NEWS TRIBUNE/2006 The Morgan Drawbridge is getting a $4.7 million makeover. NJ Transit plans to minimize customer impact during the construction period by working during off-peak and weekend hours whenever possible. Construction work is expected to begin this spring with a projected completion by the summer of 2007. .