announces completion of Route 35 Victory Bridge and Victory
(Newark)- New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack
Lettiere today announced the completion of the Route 35 Victory
Bridge reconstruction and Victory Circle traffic management project
in Perth Amboy and Sayreville, Middlesex County. The $162.5
million project was funded by federal and New Jersey Transportation
Trust Fund (TTF) monies.
"The new Victory Bridge is a fitting monument to the veterans
of World War I," said Lettiere. "The reconstruction of
the bridge and elimination of the circle is the culmination of
years of hard work and cooperation by federal, state and local
officials to increase safety and improve traffic flow."
Route 35 Victory Bridge provides a vital highway link over the
Raritan River in Middlesex County. Its traffic volume currently
exceeds 20,000 vehicles per day and is projected to exceed 25,000
vehicles per day by 2015.
combined 350,000 cars travel over the Raritan River each day via
the Parkway, Route 35 and Route 9.
new Victory Bridge will prove to be an important boost to Middlesex
County's regional economy, significantly alleviating road congestion
and improving road safety," said Senator Jon Corzine. "New
Jersey's transportation infrastructure has always been key to
our state's economic health, keeping our commuters moving and
our economy growing. Rebuilding the bridge was an investment in
original Route 35 Victory Bridge was built in 1926, connecting
the municipalities of Perth Amboy City and Sayreville Borough
in Middlesex County. The 360-foot structure was t he
longest swing span bridge in New Jersey at the time it was built.
original bridge was commemorated to World War I veterans of New
Jersey. The new bridge has been rededicated to the World War I
veterans of New Jersey.
new Victory Bridge means an easier trip for 20,000 motorists every
day," said Senator Frank Lautenberg. "NJDOT has done a great job
on this project, and I will continue to work with them to make
our roads and bridges safer and more efficient."
new southbound bridge was completed in the summer of 2004. All
Route 35 traffic was diverted from the old Victory Bridge structure
to the new southbound structure. This allowed for the subsequent
demolition of the old span structure and construction of the new
northbound twin bridge.
northbound bridge was completed in April 2005. The approaching
roadways, bridge railings, barriers, and bridge monuments for
the northbound structure were completed in time to open the northbound
bridge to traffic on September 2, 2005.
new Victory Bridge and Victory Circle will ease traffic congestion
throughout the area," said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski,
Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. "The new
bridge will help not only the people stuck in traffic, but the
environment, the economy and the quality of life in both Sayreville
and Perth Amboy."
new Victory Bridge will help relieve traffic congestion and create
safer driving conditions. It provides significantly more space
for motorists than the original structure, which contained four
9.5-foot travel lanes and lacked shoulders. Each new span contains
two 12-foot traffic lanes, a 10-foot bicycle lane and a three-foot
completion of the Victory Bridge marks a milestone for central
Jersey," said Assemblyman Joseph Vas. "The Victory Bridge will
help ease the congestion of traffic through one of our busiest
areas in the city and improve the region."
simultaneously completed the
Route 9 and 35 Victory Circle traffic management project in Sayreville.
The project improves traffic flow by eliminating the Route
9 and Route 35 Victory Circle and providing a grade-separated
interchange between Route 9 and Route 35. Route 9 now flows
over an extension of Route 35/Chevalier Avenue. NJDOT replaced
the traffic circle with a modified diamond interchange featuring
three traffic signals. The project eliminates an existing bottleneck
by widening Route 9 to three lanes in both directions.
State of New Jersey is investing more than $500 million to improve
traffic congestion and upgrade the transportation infrastructure
in eastern Middlesex County. In addition to the elimination of
the Route 35/Route 9 Victory Circle in Sayreville and the reconstruction
of the Victory Bridge, NJDOT is constructing a new Parkway Driscoll
Bridge and a new Route 9 Edison Bridge and redesigning the New
Jersey Turnpike Interchange 12 in Carteret.
Victory Bridge reconstruction project garnered numerous design
awards, including the New
Jersey Concrete Association 2005 Grand Award, the American Segmental
Bridge Institute 2005 Bridge Award of Excellence, the Precast/Prestressed
Concrete Institute 2005 Best Bridge with Spans 135'+, the New
York Construction News Bridge Construction 2005 Merit Award
and Roads & Bridges magazine Top 10 Bridges of 2003 award.