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Route 183 Bridge over NJ Transit and Netcong Circle Replacement Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is this work necessary?
A: The original Route 183 Bridge over New Jersey Transit (NJT) was built in 1900 and later reconstructed in 1930. Based on bridge inspections, it has been determined to be in poor condition and structurally deficient, with substandard vertical and lateral clearance over the railroad tracks. The existing Netcong Circle, which is located close to this bridge and involves the intersection of Route 183 with Route 46, will be affected by the bridge photos of railroad tracks below bridgereplacement. It will be eliminated as part of this project, and be replaced by a signalized intersection. The proposed bridge will be a single span structure with increased lateral clearance to accommodate a potential second set of tracks, and additional vertical clearance to allow for future potential electrification of the railroad.
Q. What is the schedule?
A: The project is currently in final design, with bid documents to be submitted in May 2010. It is anticipated that construction will begin November 2010 and be completed by July 2012.

How much will the project cost?


Estimated construction cost is $21.4 million, which will be federally funded.

Q. What affect will the project have on livability?
A: Netcong is a well established community with passenger train service provided by NJT. A railroad station located near the Route 46/Main Street intersection is only about 600 feet west of the project limits. It has been designated a Transit Village, with accommodations for pedestrians and cyclists with safe and accessible facilities within 1/4 mile of the train station. As part of the project, sidewalks will be constructed along both sides of Routes 46 and 183. This will improve accessibility and mobility for pedestrians, and reduce local vehicular traffic and emissions. The new traffic signal at Routes 183/46 will include pedestrian push button, phases and indications with delineated crosswalks. Wheelchair ramps will be provided for sidewalk transitions at all intersections and depressed driveways.
Q. Will there be any safety-related improvements?
A: Crash data indicates that Route 183 through the Netcong Circle has an accident rate over four times greater than the statewide average. Existing poor geometric features, combined with operational and safety issues, will be improved under the proposed project. The "High Point to Cape May Bicycle Touring Route" passes through Netcong and follows Route 183 through the project limits. The project will enhance bicycle safety by providing 8 foot wide shoulders along all outside lanes of both Routes 183 and 46.
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