Friday, November 20th, 2015

A contractor has been hired by Morris County to do emergency repairs to the North Main Street bridge over the Rockaway River in Wharton.

Cracks in road on North Main Street bridge in Wharton

Cracks in road on North Main Street bridge in Wharton

Underside deterioration of the bridge

Underside deterioration of the bridge

The bridge deck and its underside has significant loss of concrete, or spalling.

The asphalt over the deck is cracked and deteriorated and potholes are developing.

 

 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s consultant recently inspected the bridge and recommended that priority repairs be done to fix all of the deterioration to the bridge deck.

Morris County has authorized this work to be done on an emergency basis. Sparwick Contracting, based in Lafayette, was hired to perform the work, which is now underway.

The contractor is removing the unsound concrete, replacing the damaged steel reinforcement and pouring a new concrete deck. A waterproofing membrane will be placed on top of the concrete prior to final pavement.

It is expected to take three weeks to complete the repairs.

Alternating truck traffic on North Main Street is being maintained with a temporary traffic signal, while all cars are being detoured.