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TRENTON, N.J. - The bridge carrying Rabbit Hill Road over Big Bear Brook in West Windsor will be closed for reconstruction beginning in September, with construction expected to be completed by late December of this year or early January of next year.

The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved plans for reconstruction of the Rabbit Hill bridge at their board meeting Aug. 18.  Mercer County estimates that the project will take approximately 120 days.

The existing bridge was built in 1963, and has been deemed Structurally Deficient, with a Sufficiency Rating of 29.5 out of 100. Typically, lower Sufficiency Ratings reflect deteriorated conditions of the structural components.

The work to be performed includes the demolition and removal of the existing bridge and construction of a new bridge in the same alignment.  The overall length of the new structure will be approximately 35 feet, 7 inches, and the proposed structure will have two, 12-foot-wide lanes, two 6-foot-wide shoulders and a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on one side.  The out to out parapet is nearly 45 feet.

During construction, the detour route will be:  Rabbit Hill Road to Route 571 (Princeton-Hightstown Road), Route 571 to Southfield Road, Southfield Road to Cranbury Neck Road, and Cranbury Neck Road to Rabbit Hill Road.

The cost of the project will be $1,288,050.60, and the winning bidder was Colonnelli Brothers Construction. The reconstruction will be funded through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation Division of Local Aid and Economic Development.