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Middle Valley Bridge Project Far From Done

Engineer says at least another month—if weather is perfect.

If weather conditions are perfect, the Middle Valley Road Bridge could be complete in a month, according to an engineering consultant working on the project.

But perfect conditions have been hard to come by since the project began in September, as Hurricane Sandy and several snowfalls of measurable accumulation hit Washington Township in the fall and winter.

Paul Weber of Cherry & Weber Engineering said one major aspect of the bridge's construction remains, which is the pouring of cement that will overlay the steel structure.

"With these cold temperatures it's been hard to pour and work with concrete," Weber said. "That part of the project will take about two weeks to dry and finish. Then we'll overlay it with pavement."

In a May 2012 presentation to the Washington Township Committee, engineers projected the work would take approximately six months, with worst case scenario lasting eight months.

, the road may be passable before inclement weather strikes the region during winter months.

Of course, Caruso couldn't forecast a hurricane and several snowfalls before the end of 2012, and that timetable was obviously not reached.

The project, which has been years in the making, has removed the old bridge structure–which was supposed to be temporary to begin with–and replacing it with a two-lane roadway.

Motorists who use the road have had to detour, and depending on which direction a driver is headed, has had to loop up to 10.8 miles around the construction. 

The project was originally scheduled to begin in April of 2012, then in July, but didn't kick off until September.

"Building bridges in the winter certainly isn't ideal," Weber said. "It slows down the entire process."

Has the Middle Valley Bridge replacement project impacted you negatively? Tell us in the comments!

Thomas Lotito February 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM
No, you drive by and it's dead silence, the contractors are wintering in Florida.
Bill Leavens February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Yes. It is widely rumored that the bridge will be open to the public inJuly. 2015.
Moses Lonn February 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM
The bridge IS being built by a private contractor. An incompetent one. But the rules say that the low bidder gets the job. All in all, it never should have been done this way, but there was gubamint money available to do it and with that gubamint money comes rule, regs and specifications. Perhaps you would prefer a private company to build a privately owned bridge there and collect tolls? That's the way many of Florida's highways work and if you're a tourist from out of state, it sucks.
Trish Dochtermann February 27, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Bill, I hope you were being sarcastic & humorous with your comment. If it isn't done until July 2015, there may be many former homeowners housed at Greystone. This is getting very trying on my nerves & my gas bill. Hurry up & get it done guys, I'm tired of having to drive an extra 40 minutes every day to get to & from home to anywhere.
Bill Leavens February 27, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Yep, Trish. Typical cynicism. But this construction company is very, very lame. And it has been an ugly experience for all of us.

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