The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently approved an engineering services contract for a planned repaving and repair project on the approach roadways and overpasses for the agency’s New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge.
The primary focus of the project involves paving of the Commission’s portions of Route 202 that lead to and from the toll bridge as well as the associated on/off ramps to Route 32 in Pennsylvania and Route 29 in New Jersey.
Work also is expected to be performed on the approach bridges that carry Route 202 over the two state highways at both ends of the bridge. This will involve masonry work and joint sealing at the Route 32 overpass and repainting of steel and bearing replacements at the Route 29 overpass.
Engineering services for the project – including preliminary, final and post-design work – will be provided by Cherry, Weber & Associates of Phillipsburg, N.J. for a not-to-exceed fee of $646,328.38.
Besides the design work, the contract calls for Cherry, Weber & Associates to make an evaluation of the drainage systems at the Commission’s toll bridge facility and recommend ways to address the scouring that is visible on the infield to the Route 202 entry ramp off Route 32.
Construction activities are not expected to begin until late this year and carry over into 2013. Contracts for the work will need to be awarded at a later date once designs are completed.
The New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge opened in 1971, the sixth of the agency’s seven toll bridges. While named for the cross-river commercial centers of New Hope and Lambertville, the bridge actually links Solebury with Delaware Township, N.J. The bridge is capable of carrying all legal loads.
Additional Commission facilities at the location include an administration building, a four-lane toll plaza handling cash and E-ZPass collections, 968 feet of Route 202 on the bridge’s New Jersey approach and over 4,500 feet of roadway on the Pennsylvania side.