NEW HOPE, PA – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) today announced that is preparing to construct a new 500-ton salt storage barn on the Pennsylvania side of the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge.

The new facility will be an upgrade over the salt-storage shed the agency currently uses to service the toll bridge and the non-toll bridges at Washington Crossing, New Hope-Lambertville, Centre-Bridge-Stockton, and Lumberville-Raven Rock (pedestrian-only).

The current salt shed — on the grounds of the toll bridge’s administration building/maintenance garage in Solebury, PA — is nearly 40 years old.  It has a series of design and operational deficiencies, including insufficient capacity, structural issues, poor lighting, and limited ingress/egress for purposes of unloading and loading road salt.

The new salt-storage facility will have a barn-like design, incorporating architectural elements of the nearby administration building.  It will be built on property adjacent to the current salt shed, providing enhanced access for trucks, bucket loaders and other heavy equipment.  The building will have improved lighting in and around the structure.

Other project elements include:

  • Remove small, decrepit storage shed adjacent to current salt shed.
  • Demolish deteriorated portions of current salt shed, allowing the structure to be reconstructed and repurposed as an improved, covered storage area.
  • Install new-full-depth pavement along the existing access driveway and in front of the new building.
  • Extend electrical service to the new salt storage barn and install LED lighting inside and around the structure.

The Commission voted unanimously at its March 25 meeting to award the project’s construction contract Magnum Inc. of Warminster, PA for a not-to-exceed amount of $1,439,584.  The Commission issued Magnum a Notice to Proceed on April 24.  Magnum is expected to begin mobilization activities at the site in May.  Construction is scheduled to be completed in late fall, providing the Commission with enhanced storm-response capabilities for the 2019-20 winter months.

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