LtoR:Princeton Twp Committee member Liz Lempert;Princeton Twp construction administrator Robert Killian;Princeton Twp committee member Lance Liverman;Montgomery Twp engineer Gail Smith,Princeton Twp engineer Robert Kiser,County Executive Brian HughesFull size photo

LtoR:Princeton Twp Committee member Liz Lempert;Princeton Twp construction administrator Robert Killian;Princeton Twp committee member Lance Liverman;Montgomery Twp engineer Gail Smith,Princeton Twp engineer Robert Kiser,County Executive Brian Hughes

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TRENTON, N.J.
- To celebrate the eagerly awaited reopening of Cherry Valley Road Bridge, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes was joined today by officials from Princeton Township, Montgomery Township and Somerset County for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Cherry Valley Road Bridge borders Mercer and Somerset counties and cuts through both Princeton and Montgomery townships.

“’Ahead of schedule’ and ‘on budget’ are the phrases every area resident wants to hear when we complete a project of this magnitude,” Hughes said. “I want to thank our friends in Princeton Township and Montgomery Township for their input toward this regional project, and Konkus Corporation for building a modern, safe structure that fits the setting well and will accommodate the region’s growing population for generations to come.”

Mercer County had cost sharing agreements with the two townships. Under the interlocal agreement, Mercer’s share was $423,895.17; Princeton’s share was $251,091.72; and Montgomery’s portion was $251,091.72 for a combined total of $926,078.61.

Officially known as Bridge #361.1 on Cherry Valley Road, the structure is located 1.4 miles east of the intersection of Great Road and Cherry Valley Road and approximately 1 mile west of Route 206 and Cherry Valley Road intersection. The bridge crosses a tributary to Beden’s Brook.

The original structure was a 60-foot by 38-foot elliptical reinforced concrete culvert constructed in 1971. The structure was deemed “functionally obsolete” due to safety concerns at the location known as “Jefferson Curve.”

The new bridge is an 18-foot-long and 68-foot-wide precast reinforced concrete, three-sided culvert that carries two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two 6-foot, 5-inch-wide shoulders and one 6-foot-wide sidewalk. Cherry Valley Road at the location was realigned to provide safe passage for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Konkus Corporation of Branchburg, NJ was successful low bidder at $926,078.60. The contract was awarded on August 12, 2010. The original contract duration of the project was 120 days but was completed in only 72 days.

In addition to Hughes, other officials in attendance included Princeton Township Committee members Liz Lempert and Lance Liverman; Montgomery Township Engineer Gail Smith and Assistant Engineer Hong Darchi;  Princeton Township construction administrator Robert Killian; Princeton Township engineer Robert Kiser; and officials from Somerset County.