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The Humble Bridges of Holmdel Township

A look at how we get from here to there in beautiful Holmdel township.

On Thursday, that impressive bridge we take from Route 36 to the pleasures of the Monmouth shore was renamed the ‘Captain Joseph Azzolina Memorial Bridge’ for the late Assemblyman, businessman and Navy veteran. There was a nice ceremony.

On May 17, the photogenic Oceanic Bridge linking Locust Point in Middletown to Rumson's downtown reopened after months of repair to lots of hoopla.

But here in Holmdel, there are lots of very nice bridges too. They just don't get a lot of fanfare.

Over the past year or so, I've been pausing on my rounds around town to snap photos of them. Modest, practical and necessary bridges that just quietly beg to be noticed.

Many of the outdoorsy folks will recognize them. But there is one in the mix I think will be a stumper. Let's see who can solve the riddles in the captions and name them all.

And did I forget one? Upload your own photo of your favorite Holmdel bridge!

Michael Nikolis May 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
In February of this year, the Holmdel Environmental Commission (HEC) applied for a grant from the NJ DEP to connect the bridge at TD Bank to the Mahoras Greenway Trails. This grant requires matching funds or services to be completed. Many Thanks to the Township Committee and administration who agreed to help make this possible. Prior to the construction of TD Bank and the new traffic light at Commons Way, access to the trails was along Laurel Avenue. This area is designated a wetlands, so we must be mindful and attentive when planning to make the connection. Assuming the state DEP approves the grant, linking the foot bridge to the established trails will hopefully happen sooner than later. The goal is to make more people conscious of our beautiful trails, natural open spaces, various fauna, unique flying feathered creatures, (there's a Great Horned Owl that has claimed residency back there) and educate people what it means to protect our precious watershed.

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