NJDOT receives Historic Preservation Award for RT 206 Bridges over Stony Brook Rehabilitation Project

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials were awarded two 2018 New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards from the State Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office, for the successful completion of the Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook historic projects.

“The New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office awards are recognition that NJDOT’s work improves the quality of life for residents and visitors to our state on multiple levels,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “Through NJDOT grants and projects, we are helping preserve New Jersey’s rich history while providing the infrastructure in a state of good repair for years to come.”

NJDOT project staff accepted the awards last night at the 28th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony held at the Hamilton Club Building, Passaic County Community College in Paterson.

The Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook project rehabilitated the oldest bridge on a State highway in New Jersey still in use. Constructed in 1792 and widened in 1916, it was closed in February 2016, for emergency repairs following a partial parapet collapse. The $7.4 million state-funded project rehabilitated the historic Stone Arch Bridge over Stony Brook and replaced the adjacent Flood Channel Bridge on time and on budget.

Located within the historic districts of the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Village and the Kings Highway Districts, NJDOT worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Princeton Historical Preservation Committee (HPC) from the beginning of the emergency repair in February 2016 throughout the design and construction of the permanent rehabilitation. The project included archaeological monitoring and documentation.

In addition to the 2018 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award, the Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook project received the 2018 Project of the Year Award from the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers Mercer County Chapter, and Arora and Associates, P.C., the project design consultant, received a Large Project category Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies in April, 2018.

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