NJDOT employees recognized by
State Historical Preservation Organization
(Trenton) - State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere today honored five NJDOT employees who received accolades from the State Historical Preservation Organization (SHPO) for their work on the Federal Street Bridge project in the City of Camden. Each year, the SHPO awards ten various groups or individuals for efforts made to preserve historical sights and landmarks throughout the State.
The employees, Mike Kaskebar, Nick Caiazza, David Mudge, David Barbalace, and Janet Fittipaldi, were recognized by the SHPO at an evening ceremony of the 13th Annual Preservation Awards on May 8 for their commitment and sensitivity to preserving the historical significance of the bridge and its surrounding environment.
"The project result is an excellent example of the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our department staff," said Lettiere. "Forging a strong partnership with the SHPO allowed them to complete their goal of restoring the safety of the bridge, while also maintaining the historical integrity. These individuals are well deserving of this honor."
Although the bridge is owned by Camden County, the NJDOT was brought in to restore the structure and prevent further deterioration, while also taking every step to maintain its unique character. The department worked closely with the SHPO throughout the entire restoration process.
The Federal Street Bridge is a Strauss Overhead (drawbridge) bridge that incorporates Beau Art concrete detailing to achieve its unique appearance. The bridge is one of only six like it remaining in the State and has been a fixture in Camden since it was erected in 1906. The bridge is a connecting piece of Admiral Wilson Boulevard that runs over the Cooper River. In recent years, the deterioration of the bridge became not only an eyesore, but also a safety concern.
The bridge restoration is an example of Governor McGreevey's "Fix It First" commitment to rebuild and restore existing structures and roadways instead of constructing new ones.