Posted Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

New Jersey Department of Transportation today re-opened the rehabilitated Prospect Street Bridge in Dover, ending an 18-month closure due to safety issues.

The reopened Prospect Street bridge

The reopened Prospect Street bridge

The bridge, which runs over the NJ Transit Morristown Line rail tracks in Dover, was reopened at 10:30 a.m. today by NJDOT’s contractor Kyle Conti Construction after completing final work on the bridge deck.

The Prospect Street bridge was closed to traffic on Nov. 25, 2014 prior to an expected snow storm. The closure occurred due to concern about the condition of the bridge deck and additional damage that could have resulted from snowplows.

After the storm, NJDOT thoroughly inspected the bridge and determined that the condition of the bridge required it to remain closed with a detour in place, until permanent repairs could be completed.

The federally-funded $3.1 million bridge rehabilitation project began in the spring 2015. The project replaced the superstructure and deck, and performed repairs to the substructure of the structurally deficient bridge. The new structure has two 12 foot, 6 inch lanes in each direction with an 8 foot, 6 inch sidewalk along either side.