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Posted on: August 28, 2017

Passaic County Freeholders Accept $1.5 Million Grant From Local Bridge Future Needs Program

(Paterson, NJ) – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders has received $1.5 million in grant funds from New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Local Bridge, Future Needs Program. This program by NJDOT is specifically tailored for county owned bridges, with a focus on preventative maintenance. The Freeholders will invest $500,000 in the Spruce Street Bridge in Paterson, $450,000 in the Warwick Turnpike Bridge, and $550,000 for Bridge Scouring on various county owned bridges.

“The Freeholder Board takes great pride in the investments we have made in our infrastructure,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James. “Passaic County does not have any structurally deficient bridge that isn’t already under repair or design.”

The Spruce Street Bridge, which overlooks the Great Falls National Park will undergo a reconstruction of the Superstructure. The Superstructure of a bridge is the section that supports the roadway, as opposed abutments and piers that constitute the support structure. These funds will be joined with $2.5 million awarded to the county since 2015.

In 2016, the county was successfully awarded $640,000 for the replacement of the Warwick Bridge in West Milford, which is already undergoing its replacement. The additional $450,000 will be used for the ongoing project.

The Warwick Turnpike Bridge over Little Green Brook was built in 1936, and the Spruce Street Bridge was built in 1931, but was partially reconstructed in 1985.
Of the remaining $1.5 million, $550,000 will be used on various bridges throughout the county to remediate bridge scours. Bridge scouring is the erosion of sediment around the support beams submerged in water. The flow of the water can remove this sediment, which in turn creates a hole around the support beams, which compromises their integrity. These funds will augment the $1 million of funding the county received in 2011. The funds will be used for scours on the following bridges:
• East Main Street Bridge in Little Falls
• Overlook Ave Bridge in North Haledon
• High Mountain Road Bridge in North Haledon
• Sicomac Road Bridge in North Haledon
• Main Street Bridge in Bloomingdale
• LaRue Bridge in West Milford
• WestBrook Road Bridge in West Milford
• Broad Street Bridge in Pompton Lakes
• Ringwood Ave Bridge in Wanaque

“The Freeholder Board takes the safety of our roads and bridges seriously, and in order to preserve the county’s infrastructure we engage in preventative practices to protect the integrity of our bridges before they are compromised,” said Freeholder TJ Best. “These practices ensure the safety of the bridges, and helps to mitigate the need for longer and more expensive repairs.”

The County of Passaic will be going out to bid for these projects and will commence in Spring of 2018.
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