Category: Best Use of Innovation, small.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s bridge project at Route 46 over the Musconetcong River replaced a 90-year-old bridge connecting three municipalities at a cost of $3.4 million, while disrupting traffic for only 10 days instead of the typical two-year construction schedule. By using pre-fabricated bridge pieces, construction of the new bridge at the project site had minimal impact on traffic, and limited disruptions to local businesses and historic buildings nearby. The new bridge improves safety conditions for 13,000 vehicles and pedestrians that utilize the crossing daily. Community members commended NJDOT for its extensive public outreach campaign throughout the design and construction process.