NEW HOPE, PA – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced that the contractor for the upcoming rehabilitation project at the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge is poised to begin work-site mobilization and set-up activities next week.
This stage of pre-construction preparatory work is not anticipated to appreciably affect either vehicular or pedestrian crossings at the bridge. Both travel lanes and the bridge walkway will remain open for this pre-construction period that is expected to last three weeks, ending on or about January 22.
During these three weeks, the project’s contractor and sub-contractors are expected to mobilize equipment and materials at a secured lot approximately a mile away from the bridge. Some activity – such as picture taking, measuring, surveying, and signage drop offs – could take place in the vicinity of the bridge during the next three weeks, but the only travel impacts would be brief traffic stoppages – if any at all.
Actual project construction activities are currently anticipated to begin on or about January 22. This is when the “free” bridge’s roadway is to be restricted to a single open travel lane in the Pennsylvania-bound direction only (which is the toll direction at the Route 202 toll bridge one mile upstream). The “free” bridge’s New Jersey-bound traffic will be detoured to the Route 202 bridge, which is un-tolled for travel into New Jersey. The New Jersey-bound detour is expected to remain in place for several months.
Under the contractor’s current schedule, the bridge’s walkway will remain open when construction gets underway on January 22. The Commission anticipates that it will be able to provide more information on the contractor’s construction plans and anticipated walkway impacts by the second week of January.