NJDOT to reconstruct Route 31 bridge over Shabbecong Creek
in Washington Borough
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced a project to reconstruct the Route 31 bridge in both directions over the Shabbecong Creek in Washington Borough, Warren County.
The $1.4 million federally-funded project will replace the existing, structurally deficient bridge superstructure and resurface the bridge approaches. The existing bridge was built in 1935 and is located immediately to the south of Route 31 intersection with Route 57.
On Friday, November 4, NJDOT’s contractor, Konkus Corporation, is scheduled to set up the new construction zone on the southbound side of the bridge. To accommodate that work, NJDOT will close the southbound side of the bridge with two-way traffic shifted onto the northbound travel lanes. Route 31 will be reduced from two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane, which will be maintained during peak period hours. This stage of construction is anticipated to last approximately six months, at which time traffic will be shifted onto the newly rehabilitated southbound bridge and work will begin on the northbound side.
Periodic single-lane closures will be necessary on the bridge with alternating traffic patterns in place during overnight and off-peak hours.
Approximately 15,000 vehicles use this bridge every day to cross the Shabbecong Creek. NJDOT has coordinated with Washington Borough officials throughout the design process. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2012.
Variable message signs will notify motorists of upcoming traffic pattern changes. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website real-time travel information.