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Newburgh Bridge Replacement Gets Start Date, Road to Close Until 2015

Morris County announces long-awaited project will begin in mid-June.

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

That’s what the Morris County Department of Engineering will be doing in June, with a newly scheduled date to replace the Newburgh Road Bridge set for Monday, June 15.

The project, which has been bumped numerous times over the course of several years, will do away with the current bridge to make room for a wider path allowing a full lane of travel in each direction and a sidewalk over the Musconetcong River. The bridge connects Washington and Mansfield Townships as well as Morris and Warren Counties.

Originally scheduled to begin this month, the Department of Environmental Protection but the brakes on the project, according to the Morris County Department of Engineering, due to the aquatic life in the river. Any construction at that time would have posed a threat to the wildlife in that area.

It is expected the impact on aquatic life will be significantly reduced come June, the county said.

In September 2013 construction on a gas line along Newburgh Road began, and was completed in mid-November, setting the stage for the bridge replacement to begin. With the prep work now complete, June 15 will be the actual start date for work on the structure.

The project is expected to last six to eight months, and will keep Newburgh Road closed to through traffic during that time.

The current structure was built in 1908 and has been deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Plans to replace the bridge have been in the works for more than a decade.

The bridge is currently slightly more than 20-feet wide, and the new structure will be a total of 50-feet wide – 41-feet of which will be used for roadway.

Detours will take motorists heading north on Schooley’s Mountain Road to Hackettstown or Mansfield down to the light at the intersection of Rt. 57 and Rt. 182, where drivers will need to make a left hand turn to reach their original destination. 

Drivers can also use alternate routes like Kings Highway and Stephensburg Road, off of Pleasant Grove, to reach Mansfield Township.  

Robert Durana April 10, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Well, I think the sidewalk will be used, I always see folks walking or jogging along Newburgh Rd. But I agree with everything else .... I hope they put one of those temporary traffic lights up at the corner of Newburgh and Schooley's Mt Rd. And I hope they change the timing of the light down at Rt 57 cuz the green arrow for left turns only last 3 seconds. The traffic will back up for a mile or more during rush hour.
Chuck Ruff April 11, 2014 at 07:54 AM
I'm curious.... since this bridge spans two separate towns and two separate counties, who pays for this work? Washington Twp? Mansfield Twp? Morris County? Warren County? Or does it all come out of state and federal funds?
Lugnuts April 11, 2014 at 09:12 AM
FYI....."It is expected the impact on aquatic life will be significantly reduced come June, the county said." Code for "The project will not start in June!" I government at its best!!!!
Paul Richartz April 11, 2014 at 09:26 AM
This is hilarious! At this rate it would take 200 years to fix the Pulaski Skyway! Morris County Engineers and the Feds...perfect together.
Lugnuts April 11, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Hey...Kathleen Sebelius is available....she could be put in charge and it will get completed in no time and below budget....

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