Thursday, October 12th, 2017

REPAIRS TO BUSY MAIN STREET BRIDGE SHOULD BE DONE BY END OF THE YEAR

Work is set to start next week on repairs to the deck of the 88-year-old, dual-lane bridge on Main Street, or Route 511, in Butler, which has gradually deteriorated due to heavy use and the effect of road salt applied each winter.

(l/r) photos show cracks in roadway on bridge and underside deterioration

(l/r) photo shows cracks in roadway on Butler bridge

The bridge, officially known as County Bridge Number 1400-143, is heavily used. It carries about 11,000 vehicles daily over the Pequannock River.

Built in 1929, the existing structure length is 81-feet long and 66-feet wide.

It is a two-span, pre-stressed concrete beam structure with asphalt pavement. Due to water seepage from cracks in the roadway, the pre-stressed concrete beams are deteriorating with the salt build up.

Deck rehabilitation will consist of removing the asphalt and applying a waterproofing membrane.

(l/r) photos show underside deterioration

(l/r) photo shows underside deterioration of Butler bridge

Construction is scheduled to start next Thursday, Oct. 19. It should take a minimum of 30 calendar days to complete.

The contractor for this project is Diaco Contracting, Inc. dba Grade Construction of Paterson, NJ. The bid construction cost is $128,779, financed by Morris County tax dollars.

Meanwhile, the county also has begun two other bridge projects in other parts of the county.

In Hanover Township, major repairs are underway to a heavily used but deteriorating bridge on Ridgedale Avenue in Hanover Township, near the Walmart shopping center.

This small but important bridge, which runs over a tributary to the Whippany River at the junction with Frederick Place, carries about 24,400 vehicles each day on a route that connects Route 10 and Morristown.

In Mount Olive, the 117-year-old Flanders-Drakestown Road Bridge is being replaced by Morris County. The bridge, built in 1900, has a daily traffic flow of about 950 vehicles. It also is a conduit for school buses heading to and from the high school and intermediary school in Mount Olive.