Morris County Resumes Bridge Replacement on Berkshire Valley Road
Jefferson Township Project Delayed Last Year
Work will begin again on the replacement of a Morris County-owned bridge on Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township near Longwood Lake.
The project was initially stopped shortly after it started in October 2020 because of delays in construction of a culvert and the relocation of an existing gas main at the site. The culvert construction and gas line relocation are key aspects of the $835,000 project.
The bridge, which spans a 60-inch reinforced concrete culvert pipe carrying a tributary leading to Longwood Lake, currently has defects that include cracking and small breaks in the approaching roadway, as well as settlements and some collision damage to the existing guide rails. The new bridge structure will be comprised of a precast rigid frame culvert with precast wing, and it will be supported by a precast foundation.
The culvert has been fabricated and the utility company is ready to relocate its gas main. Morris County plans to replace the existing span and both roadway approaches. The current structure was built in 1970 and supports an estimated 9,300 vehicles daily over a 36-foot-wide, two-lane roadway, leading north and south.