Executive Brian Hughes, center, is joined by DOT workers, from left, Paul Krueger, Wayne Shultz and Mike Estok; Director Aaron T. Watson; and engineer Basit "Sunny" Muzaffar at the opening of the Pennington-Harbourton Road Bridge.Full size photo

Executive Brian Hughes, center, is joined by DOT workers, from left, Paul Krueger, Wayne Shultz and Mike Estok; Director Aaron T. Watson; and engineer Basit "Sunny" Muzaffar at the opening of the Pennington-Harbourton Road Bridge.

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TRENTON, N.J.
— Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and officials from the County Department of Transportation today officially opened the new bridge on Pennington-Harbourton Road to traffic in Hopewell Township where the road crosses the Jacobs Creek. The bridge sustained heavy damage as a result of Hurricane Irene on August 27-28, 2011, and was subsequently closed to traffic.

The project was slated to take 90 days, but Mercer DOT was able to complete the work in significantly less time by utilizing in-house workers. The work was completed in only 52 days. Additionally, because the design was undertaken by County bridge engineers, the project saved more than a half-million dollars for county taxpayers. Design and construction of the bridge was $178,000. The savings in design fees was $135,000 and savings in construction costs were $430,000.

Several bridges in the northern section of Mercer County were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene. In Princeton Township, Rosedale Road Bridge, which was washed out and underwent emergency repairs by county crews, was reopened in two days. In Hopewell Township, six bridges had sustained damage, and three of the six will be repaired by county crews. “In addition to the more than half-million dollars saved by the county on the Pennington-Harbourton project, by performing repairs in-house on at least three of the other damaged bridges, we expect to save more than $1 million,” said Hughes.

Those bridges are: Pennington-Harbourton Road; River Drive, Woosamansa Road (2 bridges); Route 518 East of Route 31 (being replaced by contractor for Hunterdon County); and Bayberry Road.

Officially known as Bridge #214.12 on Pennington-Harbourton Road, the structure is located 0.8 miles east of the intersection of Bear Tavern Road and Pennington-Harbourton Road. The original structure was 21’ long reinforced concrete slab-bridge constructed in 1948.

The new bridge consists of reinforced concrete deck, steel beams supported on a cast-in-place reinforced concrete abutments and footings. Wing walls were constructed of cast-in-place reinforced concrete supported on cast-in-place reinforced concrete footings.  The structure supports two (2) 12-foot wide travel lanes, two (2) 2-foot wide shoulders, and parapets on both sides of the bridge to provide safe passage for vehicles and cyclists.