Ahead of schedule and on budget, replacement of the Pennington-Titusville Road over Jacobs Creek in Hopewell Township is complete and the bridge is now open to traffic.
“With the first day of school just a few weeks away, this is good news for residents in the Hopewell Valley who use Pennington-Titusville Road to get to Hopewell Valley Central High School and Timberlane Middle School,” announced Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.
Construction on the project began February 16, 2015 and required complete closure to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Contractor Marbro Inc. of Montclair was able to complete the project in 165 calendar days, one week ahead the contract schedule.
Officially known as Bridge #214.6, the structure is located on Pennington-Titusville Road between Bear Tavern Road and Scotch Road in Hopewell Township.
The old bridge structure carrying Pennington-Titusville Road over Jacobs Creek was a single span, prestressed concrete box beams supported on concrete spread footing. The bridge was in poor condition due to the superstructure and substructure defects that resulted in the bridge being categorized as structurally deficient with a sufficiency rating of 18.1 on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best and 0 being the worst.
The replacement structure over Jacobs Creek is also a single span, prestressed concrete box beam bridge supported on concrete spread footing . The new bridge has two (2) thru lanes, sidewalk on south side, 4-rail open railings and concrete pylons with guiderails and attenuators attached. Cast-in-place concrete approach slabs are constructed on both approaches to the bridge.
Cost of the project was $1,317,117.00. The contract was awarded on January 22, 2015 and was funded through the New Jersey Department of Transportation Division of Local Aid funds.