Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Final work on the Main Street Bridge project in Mendham is scheduled for next week, with milling and paving of the roadway to be done on the 90-year-old span that carries traffic over Harmony Brook.
The contractor, Konkus Corporation, will start the work on Monday, Oct. 30. and expects to complete the work by the end of the week. One lane of traffic will be kept open during the project with the use of police traffic control. Motorist should expect brief delays.
Structural repairs were completed in late 2015 on the 22-foot long, 37-foot wide span that was built in 1925 and previously rehabilitated in 1977. The old span’s steel stringers were severely rusted and its deck pans deteriorated resulting in portions of the asphalt roadway becoming loose.
The rehabilitated structure, which carries an average of 2,950 vehicles a day, is a precast, three-sided frame with stone facing. It includes new white, ornamental railing that mimics the original railing on the bridge to maintain historical integrity.
In addition to the ornamental railing, a concrete sidewalk was added to the north side of the bridge (Woodland Road side) for pedestrian safety.