WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A small county bridge is planned to be replaced and another one will be repaired in Washington Township.
The replacement of a small county bridge on busy Schooley’s Mountain Road, over the Musconetcong River, in Washington Township, is planned for late this year or early in 2019.
The bridge, which is located between Newburgh Road and Hastings Road near the Warren County border, was built in 1920 and widened in 1937.
The existing structure length is just 15-feet-long by 37-feet wide, so small that many motorists might not realize they are going over a tiny bridge. It carries about 2,500 vehicles daily.
The bridge is a single span, steel-stringer structure, widened with a reinforced concrete slab and has asphalt pavement. The superstructure is exhibiting severe spalling, or cracking and breaking off fragments, due to water seepage.
The proposed bridge replacement will consist of a three-sided box culvert on footings, with concrete walls. It will feature painted four-bar metal bridge railings, with stone-faced pylons and approach guide rails. All exterior surfaces will be covered with stone facing.
Construction on this federally funded project, estimated at $543,000, will occur in late summer 2018 or spring 2019. A detour will be installed during construction.
A second small bridge is earmarked for repairs that should start this spring. The lightly traveled Black River Bridge, located near Pickle Road, is just 12-feet long and 21-feet wide, and carries an average of 245 vehicles each day.
Due to deterioration caused by water seepage, some stones are falling from the underside of the arch at the fascia location.
The Morris County Bridge Department has placed water-filled barriers along the fascia to keep traffic off that portion of the bridge on a temporary basis.
Proposed repairs are under design. Repair work is anticipated to start in the spring.
In addition to the placement of barriers on the narrow bridge, the county installed signs in each direction to alert motorists that they are now facing a single lane.
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