MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Whitehead Road in Morris Township will be closed to through traffic for four months beginning Monday, Oct. 26, as work starts on replacing a bridge over the Whippany River.
The Morris County-owned bridge, which was built in 1928 and widened in 1977, is a single-span, steel-beam structure with asphalt-filled corrugated decking founded on stone masonry abutments. The deck and steel beams have severe corrosion and the abutment has deteriorating masonry, prompting the need for its replacement.
Whitehead Road, a largely rustic street leading to a couple of suburban developments in the heart of the township’s Washington Valley section, connects Mendham Road (Route 24) to Washington Valley Road. The existing bridge length is 25 feet, with a deck width of 21 feet. The replacement structure will be 25-feet-by-26-feet, and consist of a precast concrete rigid frame founded on cast-in-place concrete footings and pedestal.
The new structure will also include cast-in-place wing walls along with stone-facing, steel bridge railing, approach guiderail and asphalt wearing surface.
The $700,000 project should take about four months to complete. The contractor for the project is CMS Construction, Inc. of Plainfield, NJ.