(Sewell, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders reopened the Blackwood-Barnsboro Road Bridge today that connects Mantua and Deptford Townships. The bridge that spans over Mantua Creek had deteriorated to such a condition that complete replacement is necessary.
Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “The safety of our motorists is always a priority. Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest travel and shopping times of the year. As we enter the holiday and shopping seasons we are pleased to complete this construction and open this bridge and we ask everyone to drive safely.”
Damminger said that the reconstruction project was 100% state-aid funded.
“This bridge is travelled by 9200 vehicles a day. Gloucester County keeps a very aggressive bridge replacement and repair program to ensure the safety of our motorists,” Freeholder Simmons said. Simmons is the liaison to the Department of Public Works, which includes the Office of the County Engineer.
This project consisted of the replacement of the concrete bridge along Blackwood-Barnsboro Road with a single-span steel stringer bridge with a concrete deck. The bridge demolition and replacement was completed in three (3) stages while maintaining traffic along Barnsboro-Blackwood Road, County Route 603. The project included the installation of inlets and drainage piping along the approaches, repaving the HMA approach roadways, installation of guide rail, installation of concrete curbing, and pavement striping.
This $2.2 million project is 100% State Aid funded. Driscoll Construction Co., Inc. was the contractor who completed the project.