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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County’s reconstruction of Rosedale Road Bridge in Princeton has been recognized with two different awards by separate professional organizations for its outstanding design and construction.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recently joined together to give its top engineering award to the Rosedale Road Bridge.

An award ceremony took place on Thursday, March 18 at Rutgers University, where Rosedale Road Bridge was granted the 2009 Award for Engineering Excellence by the ACEC. The annual awards program highlights and pays recognition to the best engineering and land surveying projects across New Jersey. County Executive Brian M. Hughes accepted the award March 22nd before the Princeton Township Council.

“We are incredibly pleased to be recognized and honored for the reconstruction of Rosedale Road Bridge,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “We’ve constructed a modern, safe structure that will accommodate traffic volume today and in the future, and we accept these honors with gratitude.” 

And in May, co-sponsors of the 47th Annual Concrete Awards Dinner, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute and the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association, will recognize Rosedale Road Bridge with its highest honor, the Grand Award, which is given to the top project in the state of New Jersey. The awards ceremony, held at the New Brunswick Hyatt, brings together approximately 500 members of the concrete industry throughout New Jersey to recognize and highlight exceptional projects completed throughout the year.

The Rosedale Road Bridge has gone through a great transformation since its construction in 1937. Once deemed “structurally deficient”  with a former load capacity of 6 tons gross weight, the new Rosedale Road Bridge is comprised of pre-stressed concrete beams and carries two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two 6-foot-wide shoulders and two varying width sidewalks and unlimited loading capacity. The new bridge replicates the previous structure including stone faced parapets and walls and original capstones to preserve its historic integrity.

The bridge was re-opened in November of 2009 after roughly four and half months of construction. Mercer County’s administration, transportation, and engineering Departments worked closely with Princeton Township and township police and emergency services to ensure public safety was managed while the project was underway.