TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes was joined today by Ewing Township Mayor Jack Ball, township council members, and township residents as the County cut a ribbon to reopen the new Green Lane Bridge.
“I’m pleased to be joined by Mayor Ball and our partners in Ewing Township as we open this new, modern bridge,” said Hughes. “This is an important transportation improvement here in Ewing, and my administration along with the freeholder board will continue to identify and replace aging, insufficient bridges throughout the County for the benefit of all our residents.”
Hughes also thanked Ewing residents in the immediate area of the bridge for their patience and cooperation during construction, and noted the bridge was completed three and a half weeks ahead of schedule.
Mayor Jack Ball added, “I would like to thank Mercer County for bringing this project to fruition, and it’s wonderful to see a new bridge here on this frequently traveled roadway.”
Also attending the ceremony were Ewing Township Council Vice President Joe Murphy and Councilmen Bert Steinmann, Don Cox, and Les Summiel and state Assemblyman Reed Gusciora.
The bridge is located on Green Lane in Ewing Township where the road crosses the Shabakunk Creek approximately one-quarter mile west of the intersection of Green Lane and Ewingville Road. The original structure was a 26-foot-long bridge constructed in 1956. The bridge was rated “structurally deficient,” had a sufficiency rating of 17 out of 100, and a load capacity of 15 tons.
The new bridge is a precast rigid frame bridge carrying two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two 6-foot-wide shoulders and two 6-foot-wide sidewalks. There is no weight limit on the new bridge.
The repair work began July 6 and was completed nearly one month ahead of schedule. Konkus Corporation was successful low bidder at $537,263.85. The contract was awarded in May 2009.