Posted Monday, July 16th, 2018

Detours and Temporary Traffic Signals Removed at Drakes Brook Bridge 

New Jersey Department of Transportation officials have announced that Route 206 has reopened to traffic and all detours have been removed as the replacement of the bridge over Drakes Brook advances with off road work in Mount Olive.

Route 206 signNJDOT’s contractor, Konkus Corp., has reopened Route 206 in both directions between Four Bridges Road/Hillside Road and Bartley-Chester Road/Hillery Drive. The road closure which began on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. required separate car and truck detours for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and was scheduled to be in place for 10 days.

Remaining work will continue off the roadway, eliminating the need for the full road closure and detours.

Separate car and truck detours have been removed, as well as the temporary traffic signals at the following intersections:

  • Bartley Chester Road/CR 625, Bartley Road and Bartley Flanders Road/CR 612
  • Bartley Chester Road/CR 625 and South Four Bridges Road

The $2.8 million dollar federally-funded project replaced the deck and approaches to the bridge, as well as made substantial repairs to the superstructure. State inspection determined that the bridge deck was in poor condition and required replacement.

NJDOT used Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques to reduce the time it took to replace the bridge. The project was designed in three stages to minimize effects to traffic. The project is in its final stage and the only one that required a full road closure.

The road closures and detours were planned to coincide with the end of the West Morris Central High School semester and the beginning of the high school summer sports program. The project is expected to be completed in early August.