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Mercer County reopens Cherry Valley Road bridge ahead of schedule

Post Date:01/17/2019 3:39 PM
TRENTON—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the bi-county bridge carrying Cherry Valley Road over a Branch of Bedens Brook at the Princeton-Montgomery border was reopened to the motoring public this afternoon, Jan. 17, on budget and ahead of schedule. This is the second county bridge project in less than a month to open ahead of the planned completion date.

The Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure had announced the full replacement of the bridge in August, and the Notice to Proceed was issued Oct. 22, 2018, with a 90-calendar-day completion.

Officially known as Bridge No. 350.3 on Cherry Valley Road, the structure traverses a Branch of Bedens Brook located in the Municipality of Princeton (Mercer County) and Montgomery Township (Somerset County).

The original bridge was a single span, reinforced concrete slab on concrete/masonry abutments. The structure was considered structurally deficient due to poor condition of the substructure and superstructure.

The replacement bridge consists of a prefabricated, three-sided concrete culvert supported on spread footings. The structure supports a 46-foot-wide cartway and a 5-foot-wide sidewalk along the north side. The cross section at the bridge consists of two 12-foot travel lanes, one 12-foot and one 5-foot shoulder, and four-rail bridge railings.

Underground Utilities Corp. of Linden was the successful low bidder at $550,274.
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