YARDLEY, PA – A short-duration project currently underway in the vicinity of the New Hope-Lambertville Toll-Supported Bridge remains on track to advance upriver to two other river crossings during the week of June 14, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The work at the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge is on pace to wrap up – as scheduled – on Friday, June 12. This means construction crews could begin working in the vicinity of the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Toll-Supported Bridge on Monday, June 15, and the Centre Bridge-Stockton Toll Supported Bridge as soon as Wednesday, June 17. This schedule, however, is subject to change due to weather-related interruptions or other unforeseen issues.
The anticipated work near the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge will require a round-the-clock closure of the span’s walkway for at least three days. Meanwhile, at Centre Bridge-Stockton, motorists are likely to encounter periodic brief traffic stoppages at the triangular intersection on the bridge’s Pennsylvania approach. Also, the staircase that connects that bridge’s walkway with the Delaware Canal towpath (PA side) will need to be closed for foundation repairs.
The upcoming construction activities are all part of a seven-week-long project that will make repairs and improvements to approach roadways, curbs and sidewalks near three dual-lane steel-truss bridges linking Bucks County, PA. and Hunterdon County, NJ. Work at the bridge approaches is limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The significant anticipated work activities and travel impacts at the next two bridges are as follows:
Uhlerstown-Frenchtown (June 15-17; overnight closure 10 p.m. July 6 to 6 a.m. July 7)
- Reconfigure the curb and install a curb ramp complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for bridge-walkway access on the New Jersey side;
- Reconfigure the curb and install an ADA curb ramp on the Pennsylvania side; and
- Mill and repave the Commission’s asphalt approaches at both ends of the bridge.
Travel impacts: The bridge’s walkway is scheduled to be inaccessible from 7 a.m. Monday, June 15, to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. (The closure might be extended for drying/curing of concrete.) Alternating single-lane travel controlled by flaggers near each end of the bridge is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 15, to Wednesday, June 17. Both of the bridge’s vehicular lanes are scheduled to close for milling and paving work during one overnight period the first week of July. Motorists are advised to use the nearby Upper Black Eddy-Milford Toll-Supported Bridge as an alternate route during this overnight closure.
Centre Bridge-Stockton (June 18-19; June 22 to July 1; July 7-10)
- Replace six storm-water inlets with bicycle-safe grates on the Pennsylvania side;
- Replace/install curbs on the Pennsylvania side;
- Clean culvert and storm-water lines, inlets and drains within the Commission’s jurisdictional approaches at each end of the bridge;
- Extend a sidewalk on the Pennsylvania side;
- Repair the foundation supporting the steel staircase that links bridge’s walkway and Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal towpath (see travel impacts below for closure information); and
- Mill and resurface the Commission’s asphalt approaches on both sides of the bridge, including around the triangular island on the Pennsylvania side.
Travel impacts: Intermittent flagger-controlled alternating single-lane travel for motor vehicles approaching the bridge when construction and paving activities take place along approach roadways 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 and 19; pedestrians and bicyclists will be unable to utilize the steel staircase connecting the bridge’s walkway and the underlying canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side for up to five days – starting June 22 — while a new concrete foundation is installed.
Roadway Striping in mid-July
New asphalt approach pavements are scheduled to be re-striped at the New Hope-Lambertville (July 13), Centre Bridge-Stockton (July 14), and Uhlerstown-Frenchtown (July 15).
Travel impacts: Motorists could encounter brief delays as the restriping work might require flagger-controlled alternating single-lane travel at each applicable bridge approach.
As with any construction project of this nature, the work schedule and travel impacts are subject to change due to weather, emergencies and other considerations.