Posted Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Morris County Board of Freeholders and the county’s Department of Planning & Public Works advise motorists that the Union School House Road Bridge in Mendham Township will be closed on Monday, Sept. 8 while the structure is replaced.

It is expected the bridge, over the North Branch of the Raritan River, will be closed for a one year period, however the contractor anticipates a nine-month construction schedule.

The project includes the complete removal and disposal of the existing bridge and its foundations. The new bridge will be a truss, similar to the Mosle Road Bridge in the township, on cast-in-place reinforced concrete substructures/foundations with a reinforced tinted concrete deck and stone faced wing walls.

Union School House Road approaching the bridge will be paved and guide rails will be installed.

The $1.3 million project is being funded by the Federal Highway Administration with New Jersey Department of Transportation Local Aid oversight.

Since the bridge is in Mendham Township’s historic district, the project will be monitored by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office as well as an archaeologist.

During the closure, a detour will be in place from Union School House Road to Pleasant Valley Road to Hilltop Road to West Main Street to Roxiticus Road- then to Mosle Road.

Police traffic control will be implemented for the first week of the bridge closure.