New Jersey and New York Construction Notes

Route 36 Highlands Bridge Replacement Begins
Trenton, N.J. – The New Jersey Department of Transportation began on February 11 to replace the structurally deficient Route 36 Highlands Bridge, which connects Sea Bright and Atlantic Highlands over the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth County. The $124.5 million, state-funded construction project will replace the existing Route 36 Highlands bridge, which was built in 1932 has reached the end of its service life. The existing Route 36 Highlands Bridge has been rated the worst movable bridge in New Jersey. NJDOT will begin to build a new fixed-span bridge over the Shrewsbury River, adjacent to the existing bridge.

Upon completion of that structure in summer 2009, traffic will be shifted to the new structure, and the existing bridge will be demolished. Subsequently, NJDOT will build the north half of the new bridge. NJDOT is scheduled to complete construction in December 2010. The new bridge will provide a sixty five-foot vertical clearance over the Shrewsbury River channel and will carry two twelve-foot lanes of traffic in each direction, with a median barrier.

FHWA Approves Route 17 To I-86 Conversion Design At Prospect Mountain
Binghamton, N.Y. – With design approval granted by the Federal Highway Administration, the New York State Department of Transportation can now proceed with the construction of planned improvements that will convert 3.2 miles of State Route 17 to Interstate 86 in the vicinity of Prospect Mountain in the City of Binghamton, Broome County. Plans include construction of the Prospect Street Interchange, six new bridges and an interchange at Exit 4 that will feature an innovative design.

This project will now enter the final design stage. Preliminary work including installation of high mast lighting and Variable Message Signs (VMS), will begin in the fall of 2008. Significant construction in the area from Chenango Street west to the Binghamton City line is scheduled to begin in 2010.

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