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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill

RELEASE: August 16, 2005


NJDOT's Lettiere announces first HYPERBUILD project to begin on the Route 1 Olden Avenue Bridge
connector in Trenton

Project will save the state 22 months and $2.25 million
in time and savings


(Ewing) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere held a press briefing today at Department Headquarters to unveil the Department's plans for the upcoming HYPERBUILD project to replace the existing superstructure and three bridge decks on the Route 1 Freeway Olden Avenue connector and at Mulberry Street in Trenton.


This project will be the first of its kind in New Jersey and will serve as a demonstration of the HYPERBUILD initiative in action. The HYPERBUILD initiative is designed to shave years off of road construction projects and save hundreds of millions of dollars in construction, design, and road user costs. At the programs announcement in March, Commissioner Lettiere selected 14 projects to serve as the initial HYPERBUILD projects, and the Route 1 Olden Avenue Bridge project will be the first to go to construction.

The HYPERBUILD program offers a unique set of advantages by saving taxpayer money and state resources, and allowing for the completion of much-needed construction without the ordinary hassle to commuters and motorists that often accompanies road projects," Lettiere said. "HYPERBUILD projects will be as noteworthy for their efficiency as for their near-invisibility."  

A project of this magnitude would typically have taken the Department approximately 2 years to design as a traditional deck replacement and bridge rehabilitation project. However, applying the HYPERBUILD initiative to construction will allow for the replacement of all three bridge decks and superstructure beams with almost no inconvenience to workday motorists as the bridges will be replaced over three weekend periods over a three month span. This will save more than 22 months while providing a more efficient construction scenario that will reduce motorist impacts by 9 months.  


The new bridge decks will be made off site at a factory and installed by the contractor, Neshaminy Construction, over three weekends. The tentative date to replace the Route 1 Olden Avenue Bridge is the weekend of August 26 th 2005, Route 1 southbound Mulberry Street is to be replaced on the weekend of September 23, 2005 and northbound is scheduled to be replaced on the weekend of October 14, 2005.   


A readily available and convenient detour route will be used during weekends. Site preparation work will be done before installation of the prefabricated bridge decks.

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