The New Jersey Department of Transportation began on February 11 to replace the structurally deficient Route 36 Highlands Bridge that connects Sea Bright and Atlantic Highlands over the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth County. The $124.5-million state-funded construction project will replace the existing Route 36 Highlands bridge, which was built in 1932 and has reached the end of its service life. The existing Route 36 Highlands Bridge has been rated the worst movable bridge in New Jersey. NJDOT will begin to build a new fixed-span bridge over the Shrewsbury River, adjacent to the existing bridge. Upon completion of that structure in summer 2009, traffic will be shifted to the new structure, and the existing bridge will be demolished. Subsequently, NJDOT will build the north half of the new bridge. NJDOT is scheduled to complete construction in December 2010. The new bridge will provide a 65-foot vertical clearance over the Shrewsbury River channel and will carry two 12-foot lanes of traffic in each direction, with a median barrier.