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Frequently Asked Questions

What's going on now?
NJDOT began construction on the first half of the new high level fixed bridge across the Raritan River west of the existing bridge in February 2003. This half was opened to traffic on June 8, 2004. Subsequently, the old Victory Bridge was demolished and the new northbound parallel bridge was constructed in its place. This new northbound bridge opened to traffic on September 2, 2005. The contractor completed the project in December 2005.

NOTE: At the same time, the Route 9/Route 35 Victory Circle was eliminated and replaced. It is completed.

How will motorists be impacted during construction?
The project is complete and there will be no more construction related traffic interruptions.

What about pedestrians?
There is a sidewalk across the entire project on the southbound bridge that ties into sidewalks in Sayreville and Perth Amboy. Also, pedestrians may use NJ TRANSIT bus service as a way to cross the bridge: #815 and #817.

Where did the public get information about changing traffic patterns?
These were provided on variable message signs, radio traffic reports and njcommuter.com.

Why was the work done?
The existing movable Route 35 Victory Bridge was aging and deteriorated. The new high-level fixed bridge will eliminate traffic delays caused by opening the aging swing span bridge to marine vessels.

What was the cost of the new bridge?
The new bridge cost $109 million.

Who was the contractor?
The contractor was George Harms Construction Company of Howell.

Who is the resident engineer?
The NJDOT resident engineer was Garrett Hoffman.

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