Route 206 bridge over Black River reconstruction completed in Chester
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials announced that Route 206 has been restored to the normal traffic pattern on the newly reconstructed bridge over the Black River in Chester Township, Morris County.
NJDOT’s contractor, Konkus Corporation, has removed the temporary traffic pattern shift that had been in place, and restored the Route 206 northbound and southbound travel-lanes back in their original configuration on the bridge. The bridge was replaced in stages to allow for Route 206 to remain open to traffic in each direction as the bridge was reconstructed.
The $1.3 million federally-funded project has replaced the old structurally deficient Route 206 bridge superstructure, repaired the bridge abutments and repaved and restriped the roadway approaches in each direction. The use of pre-cast concrete bridge components enabled NJDOT to significantly shorten the construction schedule and minimize impacts to traffic.
With the completion of the bridge reconstruction, the restriction on heavy and wide-load trucks traveling over the bridge has been removed. All marine has been restored along the Black River between the boat launch from Pleasant Hill Road and Route 206, as well.
The project began construction in August 2010 and cleanup and other minor operations will continue into the spring, with little impact to motorists.
Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information.