BELVIDERE, NJ – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that contractors have completed a three-month repair and slope-stabilization project at the Riverton-Belvidere Toll-Supported Bridge.
Subsequently, recurring weekday off-peak travel restrictions are no longer needed at the two-lane truss bridge, which connects the Martins Creek-Belvidere Highway in the Riverton section of Lower Mount Bethel Township, PA., with Water Street in the Town of Belvidere, N.J.
Motorists had been restricted to an alternating single travel lane at the location from late August to early November to allow work crews to perform a variety of repairs on various structural components on the bridge. The repairs were needed, in part, because of damage and stress caused over the years by overweight truck violations, which occur more frequently at this location than at any of the Commission’s other river crossings.
Entitled the Riverton-Belvidere Toll-Supported Bridge Critical Member Strengthening Project, the undertaking involved gusset plate connection repairs, repair of lower chord members, and end post repairs. Additionally, the project included slope stabilization improvements along adjoining Commission parcels on both sides of the bridge.
The project was carried out by Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester, PA. under a competitively bid contract for a not-to-exceed amount of $708,707.
The Riverton-Belvidere Bridge was constructed by private investors in 1904 and currently has an 8-ton posted weight limit. It carried a daily average of 4,400 vehicles last year. A prior wooden bridge at this location opened as a privately tolled crossing in 1836.