FRAN AND JACK DREW- GLIMMER GLASS BRIDGE

THE GLIMMER GLASS BRIDGE IN MANASQUAN WAS OPENED 120 YEARS AGO IN 1898 AND IS ON THE NATIONAL AND NJ HISTORIC REGISTERS.  THE DREWS HAVE LED THE EFFORT TO SAVE THE BRIDGE.  IT WAS BASED ON THE FRENCH DESIGN OF A ROLLING COUNTERWEIGHT AND IS THE ONLY ONE IN NJ.  THE DREWS HAVE PUSHED FOR SAVING THE BRIDGE FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE, SLOWER SPEED THAN NEW BRIDGES WHICH REDUCES ACCIDENTS AND LOWER COST TO REPAIR THAN BUILD A NEW BRIDGE.  COST OF A NEW BRIDGE COULD BE $20M VERSUS HALF THAT TO FURTHER REPAIR GLIMMER GLASS (ALREADY SPENT $6.5 M IN LAST 4 YEARS FOR REPAIRS).