TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes was joined today by Princeton Township Mayor Bernard P. Miller and more than 30 neighbors of Rosedale Road Bridge in Princeton Township to cut the ribbon and officially reopen the new bridge to traffic.
Hughes thanked Princeton Township for its cooperation, and praised the nearby Johnson Park Elementary School community for its patience during the rebuild, which took about 4 and half months to complete. “We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of this project,” Hughes said. “We’ve constructed a modern, safe structure that will accommodate traffic volume today and in the future, and we’ve created an aesthetically and architecturally pleasing bridge that blends beautifully in this bucolic setting.”
Officially known as Bridge #330.5 on County Route 604, the structure is located 1.75 miles east of the intersection of Carter Road and Rosedale Road and approximately 1 mile west of Elm Road and Rosedale Road intersection. The bridge crosses the Stony Brook.
The original structure was a single 70-foot-long bridge constructed in 1937. The structure was rated “structurally deficient” and had a sufficiency rating of 50.3 out of 100. The former load capacity was 6 tons gross weight.
The new bridge is a prestressed concrete beam bridge carrying two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two 6-foot-wide shoulders and two varying width sidewalks. The new bridge replicates the existing structure including the stone-faced walls and capstone. The cap stones from the original Rosedale Road Bridge were saved, cleaned, and placed onto the new bridge to preserve its historic integrity.
Interstate Contracting & Excavating, LLC of Newark, NJ, who also was in attendance at the ribbon cutting, was successful low bidder at $1,794,207.64. Township Mayor Miller thanked the company for its “great work” in getting the bridge completed sooner than the target date. The contract was awarded on May 14, 2009. Work began July 6, 2009 and was completed in fewer than the 135 calendar days allotted for the project.