P.O. Box 600
Contact: Steve Schapiro
RELEASE: March 4, 2016
Repairs to bridges along I-78 in Warren, Hunterdon
and Somerset counties to begin next week
Forty-one bridges will receive preventive maintenance
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the start of a preventative bridge maintenance project that will make repairs to 41 bridges along stretches of I-78 in Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
To help extend the service life of these bridges, NJDOT will be performing different levels of bridge maintenance work at each location including deck patching, curb repair, expansion joint reconstruction, header reconstruction, sidewalk repair, deck crack repairs, cleaning of drainage systems, power washing, and application of a corrosion inhibitor.
Work will initially begin below each structure, including repairs to abutment walls and piers, epoxy waterproofing, and lubrication of bearings. In the spring, work will switch onto the other areas of the bridges, as weather permits.
NJDOT’s contractor, Power Concrete Co., Inc., is scheduled to begin bridge work Monday, March 7 on Tunnel Road under I-78 in Bethlehem, Hunterdon County. Bridge work will move eastward along I-78, through the towns of Union, Clinton, Readington, and Tewksbury in Hunterdon County, and terminate in Bedminster in Somerset County. Work also will occur on the bridges located westward from Bethlehem along I-78 in Bloomsbury in Hunterdon County, as well as in Franklin and Greenwich in Warren County. Some of the structures carry I-78 over local roads, while some carry local roads over I-78.
Work on Monday through Friday will be restricted to off-peak hours, mid-morning to mid-afternoon, or overnight hours. All lanes will be maintained on I-78 during peak period commuting hours and on weekends. Work will not take place on more than two bridges concurrently. Temporary lane closures may require flag men and alternating traffic on local roads that provide only one travel lane in each direction.
The nearly $2.2 million federally-funded project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.