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Hopewell Twp. Bridge Project to Start Aug. 20

Route 546 span to be replaced

TRENTON—The Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will start the replacement of the bridge on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road (County Route 546) over Woolsey Brook in Hopewell Township on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Officially known as Bridge #216.6, the structure is located between Scotch Road and Bear Tavern Road. This project is to be completed in 93 calendar days, weather permitting.

During construction, the bridge will be closed to all traffic on a 24/7 basis. The contractor installed advance notification signs on July 19. Westbound motorists on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road will be directed to use Scotch Road, Interstate 295 and NJ Route 29. Eastbound motorists will be directed to use NJ Route 29, Interstate 295 and Scotch Road. Detour signs will also be posted for local traffic only on Jacobs Creek Road and Bear Tavern Road, and access for residents will be provided up to the bridge. 

The existing bridge carrying Washington Crossing-Pennington Road over Woolsey Brook is a single-span structure with concrete-encased steel beams simply supported on full-height abutments built on spread footings. The bridge is considered structurally deficient due to the poor condition of the superstructure and substructure. The current sufficiency rating is 29.1 on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best.

The replacement structure will be a precast concrete culvert on concrete footings, concrete wing walls, concrete bridge deck, concrete bridge approach slabs, concrete pedestals, concrete bridge pylons and 4-bar open steel bridge railings. Roadway work includes hot mix asphalt paving, new striping, new guiderail and approach guiderail systems, excavation, top-soiling, seeding and new traffic signals.

The proposed cross-section at the bridge will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes, one 6- foot and one 8-foot shoulder to accommodate future bicycle lanes. A 5-foot sidewalk will be provided on the south side. A new upgraded traffic signal will replace the existing temporary signal.

Midlantic Construction LLC of Barnegat was the successful low bidder at $1,764,408.71.The contract was awarded on June 27, 2019.

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