Drawbridge Reconstruction To Resume On Route 35 Over Cheesquake Creek

TRENTON – NJDOT officials today announced a traffic staging change planned for this weekend on Route 35 as major rehabilitation work resumes on the drawbridge over Cheesequake Creek connecting Old Bridge and Sayreville in Middlesex County.

NJDOT’s contractor, Agate Construction Co., is scheduled to begin construction operations to rehabilitate the northbound side of the bridge this weekend. To accommodate that work, the northbound side of the bridge will be closed with two-way traffic shifted onto the southbound travel lanes. Route 35 will be reduced from two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane, which will be maintained at all times. Overnight lane closures will be necessary this weekend to set up the new construction zone.

The $25 million project is replacing the bridge decks, sidewalks, railings and median on the 70-year-old structure. The rehabilitation of the southbound side of the bridge was completed in April 2012. As Route 35 serves shore traffic, major construction activity was restricted during the summer months.

The deck joints and structural steel elements are being repaired and the bridge repainted. The out-dated electrical/mechanical systems on the movable bascule span will also be rehabilitated and new safety barrier gates are being installed.

NJDOT has designed the bridge rehabilitation to be accomplished in stages, working on one side of the bridge at a time. Removing live traffic from the side of the bridge being worked on will facilitate faster and safer rehabilitation operations. The project is anticipated to be complete by fall 2013.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org real-time travel information.

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