WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Replacement of a small county bridge on busy Schooley’s Mountain Road, over the Musconetcong River in Washington Township will begin on Monday, March 9.
The project will require the closure of Schooley’s Mountain Road between Route 57 in Hackettstown and Newburgh Road in Washington Township for about one month. A signed detour will utilize Route 57 and Newburgh Road.
The project contractor is Colonelli Brothers of Hackensack. The firm won the bid contract at a price of $774,720.
The county 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.