Views will still be present from new Highlands bridge

I n the debate over replacing the Highlands-Sea Bright bridge, I haven’t seen any discussion (I might just have missed it) about a fixed span being more energy-efficient than a drawbridge. I think NJ DOT says they prefer fixed spans for their lower operation and maintenance costs. But it seems to me that a big consideration should be the savings in energy (and time) when the long lines of idling cars and boats waiting for the drawbridge are eliminated. I agree the present bridge and views of Twin Lights, etc., are beautiful. But there will still be views – coming over a higher fixed-span bridge should provide some spectacular ones. I love going over the Shark River/Route 35 fixed span – no more waiting for a drawbridge, and still some beautiful scenery to see.

Bob Reid Sea Bright