A major bridge reconstruction project will force a detour around the eastern end of Middle Valley Road until November of this year, according to Morris County Engineer Roslyn Khurdan.
The bridge at the end of the county road is being completely replaced, Khurdan said, and approximately 100 feet of pavement on both sides of the bridge will be milled and paved as well.
The federally funded project comes at a cost of $1.7 million, Khurdan said. The contractor on the project is Konkus Corporation of Somerset County..
A member from the company was at the site on Saturday, March 31 clearing trees in preparation of the project, Khurdan said.
The bridge, which was installed more than 15 years ago, was a temporary structure, Khurdan said. The life expectancy of a temporary structure is between eight and 10 years, Khurdan said.
Once the submitted contractor’s agreement clears approval, Khurdan said, the work is expected to begin the third week of April or first week of May. A detour plan has been submitted to and approved by the Washington Township Police, and will be in effect throughout the duration of the project.