A project to replace an Egg Harbor Township bridge closed since sustaining damage during Tropical Storm Irene last August will be put out to bid within a month, a county official says.

Atlantic County Planning Director Joe Maher said the county has received the last state Department of Transportation permits it had been waiting on before construction could begin on the Somers Point-Mays Landing Road bridge over English Creek.

“All permits are now in hand. We’re just waiting while the legal department finishes up the bid specs,” he said.

Maher said financing has already been secured for the estimated $4.5 million construction cost. Once work begins, he said, the bridge should be completed in about a year and a half.

The design itself will be similar to the previous bridge, although officials have said the new bridge will sit higher off the water.

The bridge is one of the last major thoroughfares still closed after last year’s destructive storm. Wetland mitigation requirements and a long permitting process through both the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have contributed to those delays.

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