Apr-28-10 Mercer County Reopens Basin Road Bridge
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
LAWRENCE, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that Basin Road Bridge, which had been closed for construction, has reopened to traffic 19 days ahead of schedule. The bridge carries Basin Road over Assunpink Creek in Lawrence at the border of Hamilton Township.
“We are always pleased when one of our projects is completed ahead of schedule, and we thank the residents and businesses in this area of Mercer County for their patience during the bridge’s closure,” Hughes said.
The structure is located approximately a half-mile south of the intersection of Basin Road and Baker’s Basin Road.
The original structure was a temporary single span Steel Truss Bridge stretching 65 feet constructed in 1983. The structure was rated “structurally deficient and functionally obsolete” and had a sufficiency rating of 53 out of 100. The former load capacity was 20 tons gross weight.
The new bridge is a 69-foot-long single span, Pony truss bridge, carrying two 11-foot-wide lanes and two 4-foot-wide shoulders. In addition, as part of the project the County replaced two culverts on the Hamilton Township side.
E. Sambol Corporation of Toms River was the successful low bidder for the total amount of $1,224,444.20. The reconstruction of the Basin Road Bridge commenced on October 19, 2009 and the project was expected to last 210 calendar days. The project was completed 19 days ahead of schedule.