FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia
Communications Director
908-527-4419

 

COUNTY EMBARKS ON BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECTS---
MONROE STREET BRIDGE IN RAHWAY AND SPRINGFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE
IN CRANFORD

 

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today two bridge replacement projects will begin later this summer in Rahway and Cranford. Both projects will replace structures built in the early 1900s.

“In order to keep traffic flowing for both our residents and everyday travelers we need a reliable infrastructure,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Using available state funding to help defray the expense for local taxpayers we are able to replace these aging bridges with modern structures.”

The bridges to be replaced and the work included are as follows:

MONROE STREET BRIDGE, RAHWAY

• Construction starts in late summer and ends in winter of 2010 (15 months).

• A detour will remain in place until the project is completed. The detour will be posted on the County website. The detour will direct traffic to Elizabeth Ave. and E. Milton Ave. Local traffic will be rerouted Bridge St. and Clarkson Pl.

• Contract of $2.9 million awarded to Rencor, Inc. of Somerville, NJ. This project will be funded entirely by state NJ DOT funds.

• The proposed structure will consist of two spans with a total length of approximately 110’ and a total width of 60’. The superstructure will consist of rolled steel stringers supporting an 8-1/2” thick reinforced concrete deck slab and 10’-2” wide sidewalks along stone faced concrete bridge parapets with wrought iron railings. The substructure consists of concrete abutments, wing walls and a center pier supported on spread footings. Approximately 60 linear feet of approach roadway will be milled and resurfaced and 115 linear feet of roadway reconstructed.

• The average daily traffic is approximately 4,400 vehicles. The existing bridge was constructed in 1919 and is rated as structurally deficient. The existing structure is a three span structure consisting of 31’-4” spans with an overall length of 110’-0”. It provides a 36’ roadway width and a 10’-8” wide sidewalk along each side for an overall width of 60’.

SPRINGFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE, CRANFORD

• Construction starts in late summer 2009 and ends in late summer 2010 (approximately 1 year).

• A detour will remain in place until the project is completed. The detour will be posted on the County website. The detour will direct traffic to other county roads in the area. Detour roads will include Kenilworth Boulevard, Michigan Ave/Faitoute Ave., and Westfield Ave. /North Avenue. Local traffic will be detoured on to Orange Avenue.

• Contract awarded to Marbro, Inc. of Montclair, NJ for $2,281,117. This project will be funded by NJDOT State Aid.

• This project will completely replace the existing bridge which is adjacent to the Cranford Canoe Club at Orange Avenue. The bridge crosses the Rahway River. The new bridge will have reinforced concrete footings, walls, deck and sidewalks. The sidewalk parapet walls will be finished with stone masonry and will have an ornamental metal railing, which is the same as the bridge 2 blocks north on Springfield Avenue. The abutments and wing walls will also have a stone masonry finish. Steel support beams will be used.

• The average daily traffic is approximately 17,000 vehicles. The old bridge was constructed in 1916 and is rated as being functionally obsolete.

To keep track of current or scheduled projects around Union County you can check out the county website, http://www.ucnj.org/traffic/roadconstructionupdate.html. Along with the work schedules you can also find alternate routes so you can plan your trip with minimal delays.