Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Bridge Projects in Dover, Mt. Olive/Netcong, and Rockaway Township Also Ongoing

Work is scheduled to start next week (week of Monday, Feb. 10) on a six-month project to replace the heavily used Mill Road bridge in Morris Township.

Morris Bridges: Mill Road Bridge Project in Morris Township to Start Monday

Mill Road bridge

The project will require a detour that will direct motorists to Lake Valley Road, Lake Road, and Burnham Road to Hanover Avenue.

Replacement is needed due to severe rusting of the beams and section loss which prompted the need for replacement.

“This is part of the Board of Freeholders’ ongoing coordinated plan to address our county’s infrastructure needs, to make sure our bridges and roads are properly maintained,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw. “We know there will be some short-term inconvenience to our residents but the new bridge will meet current safety standards and last for many decades to come.’’

Mill Road bridge is a single-span, steel beam structure that is 30-feet long, with a 38-foot wide deck. Built in 1957, it carries about 5,000 vehicles daily.

Rust on the beams of the underside of the bridge

Rusted underside of the Mill Road bridge

The proposed replacement structure will consist of reinforced concrete foundations supporting pre-stressed concrete beams, with a reinforced concrete deck.  The bridge will have stone faced reinforced concrete parapets, plus sidewalks and stained guide rails along the approaches.

The Contractor for this project is CMS Construction of Plainfield, NJ. The total bid contract amount is $1,025,590, and is jointly funded by the state Department of Transportation and Morris County.

The county is also working on three other bridge projects:

  • Waterloo Road Bridge: Work began this week to replace the Waterloo Road bridge, which spans Netcong and Mount Olive in Morris County and connects with Stanhope in Sussex County. The bridge is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The work will require a 2.5-mile detour for about nine months.
  • East Blackwell Street Bridge: Work is underway to replace the deck on the East Blackwell Street bridge over the Rockaway River in Dover. The county-owned span is closed to motor vehicle traffic, with a 2.8-mile detour in place.
  • Chestnut Terrace Bridge: Construction crews are now moving ahead with the final key stages of the $675,000 project to replace a Rockaway Township bridge that normally carries about 1,900 vehicles daily. The goal is to reopen the bridge to vehicles this winter and to complete finishing touches to the bridge in the spring. But engineers caution that a long spell of severe cold or major snowstorms could delay the opening until the spring, as well.