The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission last month awarded a construction contract for a planned repaving and repair project on the approach roadways, overpasses and ramps that carry traffic to and from the agency’s New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge.
Officially listed as the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge PA & NJ Approach Roadways Repaving and NJ Route 29 Overpass Bearing Seat and Bridge Painting Project, the undertaking includes the following major construction elements:
- Rehabilitation, repair and repaving of Route 202 approach roadway segment leading to and from the toll bridge in New Jersey and Pennsylvania;
- Rehabilitation, repair and repaving of associated on/off ramps to PA Route 32 and NJ Route 29;
- Repointing, joint sealing and concrete repairs to the overpass that carries Route 202 across Route 32/River Road in Pennsylvania;
- Extensive repairs on the approach bridge that carries Route 202 across Route 29 in New Jersey, including repair of deteriorated concrete, blast cleaning and repainting of structural steel members, deck joint work, and replacement of 16 bearings – the structural steel devices that transfer the bridge’s deck load to the masonry abutments below.
The construction also includes an improvement of the grading and drainage systems at the ramp infield area of the Route 202 and River Road interchange on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge.
A precise schedule for the work has not been established yet, but construction activities are expected to begin in middle of spring. The Commission’s goal is to complete the various work elements by late fall.
The construction contract was awarded to the firm of James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pa. in the amount of $6,683,640.40. James D. Morrissey, Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder. A detailed project webpage may be accessed from the projects sub-head at www.drjtbc.com or directly at www.drjtbc.org/route202approaches.
It explains why the multi-faceted project is needed, outlines the major construction components, and provides photographs and a map of the project area.