NJDOT announces emergency replacement of Route 9 Potters Creek Bridge in Berkeley
(Trenton)--Commissioner Kris Kolluri today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) starting August 15 will replace the Route 9 Potters Creek culvert in Berkeley Township, Ocean County, which was damaged by severe flooding in October 2006. NJDOT plans to open the new bridge to traffic in March 2008.
“NJDOT’s emergency replacement of the Route 9 Potters Creek culvert will permanently stabilize this vital artery and prevent future flooding while minimizing construction impacts on motorists and area residents,” said Commissioner Kolluri.
The new structure will carry one lane of traffic in each direction. It is designed to meet 100-year flood requirements and will include wetland restoration that will improve wildlife habitat. The new bridge will cost approximately $3.1 million dollars.
NJDOT will construct a bypass roadway in lieu of a detour route in order to mitigate construction impacts upon local businesses, motorists and residents. The bypass will allow the existing travel lane configuration of Route 9 to be shifted onto the temporary bypass roadway, maintaining all lanes of traffic.
Variable message sign (VMS) boards will be installed to inform motorists regarding any traffic pattern changes during night-time work. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website, www.njcommuter.com, for project updates.