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Replacement of Berkshire Valley Road Bridge in Jefferson Township delayed

Project Near Longwood Lake Shut Down Until Spring

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Work has been stopped on the replacement of a Morris County-owned bridge on Berkshire Valley Road near Longwood Lake in Jefferson Township.

The project, which began last week, will not resume until the spring because of delays in construction of a culvert and the relocation of an existing gas main at the site. The culvert construction and gas line relocation are key aspects of the $835,000 project.

Morris County plans to replace the existing span and both roadway approaches. The current structure was built in 1970 and supports an estimated 9,300 vehicles daily over a 36-foot-wide, two-lane roadway, leading north and south.

The bridge, which spans a 60-inch reinforced concrete culvert pipe carrying a tributary leading to Longwood Lake, currently has defects that include cracking and small breaks in the approaching roadway, as well as settlements and some collision damage to the existing guide rails.

The new bridge structure will be comprised of a precast rigid frame culvert with precast wing, and it will be supported by a precast foundation.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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