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DRJTBC - New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge Approach Roadways & Bridges Improvements

New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge Approach Roadways & Bridges Improvements

At several of its Delaware River bridge locations, the Commission owns and maintains various related facilities such as approach roadways, underpasses and overpasses, highway interchanges, and drainage systems. This is the case at the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge where construction activities for a multi-faceted repaving and repair project got underway in June 2013.

Latest Update: 

Project Reaches Substantial Completion
Unrestricted travel was restored along Route 202 and adjoining entry and exit ramps on Friday, Nov. 22. Single-lane closures, however, remain in place along Route 29 in New Jersey as the contractor finishes painting and sealing work on the overpass at that location. Only intermittent short-.

The project fact sheet may be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.  

An aerial map of the project area's toll bridge approach facilities may be viewed by clicking here.  

The need for the project is based on inspection reports and a draft concept study that found a series of deficiencies in the approach roadways, approach bridges, and nearby highway exit and entrance ramps that carry Route 202 traffic to and from the agency's New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge. Among the issues being addressed by this project are spalling concrete, faulty deck joints, rusty and corroded bridge bearings, and fatigue (alligator) cracking, potholing, and block cracking of approach roadways and ramp surfaces.

Officially listed as the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge PA & NJ Approach Roadways Repaving & NJ Route 29 Overpass Bearing Seat and Bridge Painting Project, the undertaking involves the following major construction elements:

  • Rehabilitation, repair and repaving of Route 202 approach roadway segment leading to and from the toll bridge in New Jersey and Pennsylvania;
  • Rehabilitation, repair and repaving of associated on/off ramps to PA Route 32 and NJ Route 29;
  • Repointing, joint sealing and concrete repairs to the overpass that carries Route 202 across Route 32/River Road in Pennsylvania;
  • Extensive repairs on the approach bridge that carries Route 202 across Route 29 in New Jersey, including repair of deteriorated concrete, blast cleaning and repainting of structural steel members, deck joint work, and replacement of 16 bearings - the structural steel devices that transfer the bridge's deck load to the masonry abutments below.

Construction activities are not expected to cause significant travel delays on Route 202.  Except for a limited duration detour of Route 202 southbound traffic on the Pennsylvania side of the toll bridge in July, single-lanel travel will be  available -- at a minimum -- in each direction of Route 202 while construction activities take place.  (Implementation of single-lane patterns have not caused motorist delays in the past at this location.)  Highway ramp closures with corresponding detour routes also are being employed at various project staging intervals.  

The overall project goal is to put the Route 202 approach pavements, ramps and bridges into states of condition that will preclude the need for major repairs and/or rehabilitation for a minimum of 15 years.

The construction contract for the project was awarded in March 2013 for $6,683,649.60 to the lowest bidder, James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA.  The construction management/construction inspection services contract was awarded a month later to the engineering/architectural firm JMT of Trenton, N.J. for a not-to-exceed amount of $752,729.58.      

One unique aspect of the project is that it will mark the first time the Commission uses a relatively new paving technique called emulsified foamed asphalt instead of the traditional method of milling a road surface and repaving it with new hot asphalt.  This technique, which involves recycling of almost the entire previously existing road surface, was invented several decades ago and has been widely used in Europe for some time.  But its use in the United States has been a more recent development.

At New Hope-Lambertville the use emulsified foamed asphalt by the lead contractor -- James D. Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia -- and its subcontractor -- Reclamation LLC of Kingston, N.Y. -- is projected to cut original paving cost estimates by roughly $3 million to $4 million, a roughly 30 percent savings.  In addition to being more economical, foamed asphalt saves time and is more environmentally sound since nearly 100 percent of the old road surface gets immediately recycled.

To plan and stage the project, the Commission hired Cherry, Weber & Associates of Phillipsburg, N.J. for a not-to-exceed fee of $646,328.38 to provide preliminary-, final- and post-design services.

As part of the planning process, the Commission conducted a public involvement program to inform area businesses, residents and motorists about the project. This outreach effort included an open house that took place Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the agency's Executive Office Building adjacent to the toll bridge.

Information boards displayed at the November 13, 2012 open house may be viewed by clicking here.

In addition to the open house, the Commission established this project-specific webpage, issued press releases, and sent correspondence to stakeholders in an effort to raise public awareness of the project.  The Commission regularly conducts public involvement programs with major projects as well as other undertakings that may cause travel and/or community impacts.  

The New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge opened in 1971, the sixth of the agency's seven toll bridges. While named for the cross-river commercial centers of New Hope and Lambertville, the bridge actually links Solebury, PA with Delaware Township, N.J. The bridge is capable of carrying all legal loads.  It handled 3,728,875 vehicle crossings in 2012.

Additional Commission facilities at the location include the agency's Executive Office Building, a four-lane toll plaza handling cash and E-ZPass collections, 968 feet of Route 202 on the bridge's New Jersey approach and over 4,500 feet of roadway on the Pennsylvania approach.

For questions or inquiries regarding this project, the public should click on the "Contact Us" link at the top right of this webpage or call the toll-free project phone number 1-855-676-3422.

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