Monday, October 24th, 2016

BRIDGE AT CHESTER TOWNSHIP – RANDOLPH BORDER TO BE CLOSED FOR TWO MONTHS 

The 96-year-old Ironia Road Bridge, which crosses the Burnett Brook at the border of Chester and Randolph townships, will be closed starting Wednesday, Oct. 24, for an expected two-month bridge replacement project.

Ironia Road Bridge

Ironia Road Bridge

The tiny bridge, which is only 12 feet long, is located between South Road and Dover-Chester Road. Detours will be set up to re-direct motorists and cyclists during the project.

“We ask motorists and cyclists who use the bridge for patience during this project, and to understand it must be replaced for safety reasons,’’ said Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro, who is the county governing board’s liaison on road and bridge projects.

John Cesaro

John Cesaro

The Ironia Road Bridge was built in 1920 and rehabilitated in 1990. It is a single span steel stringer structure with stone masonry substructures, and is 23-feet wide. The average daily traffic is approximately 200 vehicles.

It must be replaced because the steel stringers are rusted and deteriorating, and there also is undermining of the bridge foundations.

Rusted Underside of Bridge

Rusted Underside of Bridge

The new structure will be a pre-cast 3-sided frame bridge with concrete substructures and stone facing. The roadway’s curb-to-curb width will be 26 feet, making it slightly wider than the current span.

The bridge will be closed for 60 days and a 3 mile detour will be installed on South Road to Dover-Chester Road to Ironia Road. Construction is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

The contractor for the project is Ron-Jon Construction of Butler. The contract award amount is $316,000 and is 100 percent funded by Morris County.