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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes was joined by Hopewell Township Mayor Vanessa Sandom, Mercer County Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio and the County's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure as the County today cut a ribbon to re-open the Pennington-Hopewell Road Bridge.

"I'm extremely pleased to open this bridge again for use a full month ahead of schedule," said Hughes. "Our Department of Transportation works diligently on every project to ensure the job gets done right and to minimize the inconvenience to the residents."

The bridge carries Pennington-Hopewell Road over Stony Brook in Hopewell Township. The bridge was originally constructed in 1928 and stretched 97 feet, but a routine July 2005 inspection found it to be "structurally deficient" with a 26.6 sufficiency rating out of 100.

The new, steel girder bridge is a single span of 100 feet and includes two 12-foot-wide lanes, two 8-foot-wide shoulders, and one 6-foot-wide sidewalk.

The project was completed by Rencor Inc. of Somerville, N.J. for a low bid of $2,948,270. The bridge was closed for reconstruction on Jan. 10, 2007 and was completed Oct. 26, one month ahead of schedule.