FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2008

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742

 

UNION COUNTY TO REPLACE SPRINGFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE IN CRANFORD

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today an Inter-Local Service Agreement with the Township of Cranford which will result in the replacement of the Springfield Avenue Bridge. The County owned bridge, which stretches across the Rahway River has been deemed structurally deficient.

“With this agreement in place Union County continues to show its commitment to shared services with local municipalities,” said Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski. “Our Department of Engineering and Public Works has been hard at work to see this project through, and their efforts will result in a brand new bridge in place by early 2009.”

The new bridge will be built within the same footprint of the existing structure and will be designed and constructed by the County. The township will grant a construction easement on Green Acres property owned by the township in order for the work to be done. The township owns and operates a sanitary sewer line under the bridge which must be relocated.

As part of the agreement the County of Union will be responsible for all the bridge work and inspection related to the relocation of the sanitary sewer lines. The Township of Cranford will reimburse the County an estimated $9,500 for design costs and $100,000 for construction of the new sewer lines. The County will spend $233,000 in design costs.

Bids for the construction phase of this project will be advertised in the second half of 2008. Construction is expected to take six to eight months.