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Construction to begin on New Hope-Lambertville “free” bridge


A 12-day-long detour of the New Jersey-bound traffic at the New Hope-Lambertville Toll-Supported Bridge remains on schedule to begin at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, June 1.

The detour is needed to allow for a short-duration project aimed at addressing various deficiencies at the bridge’s two landside approaches, including two masonry walls, sidewalk and curbing, and the New Jersey-side pavement.

The bridge’s pedestrian walkway and Pennsylvania-bound vehicular-travel lane will remain open while work takes place. The New Jersey-bound travel lane will be blocked at the intersection of Bridge Street/PA Route 179 and Main Street/PA Route 32 in New Hope.

Affected motorists are advised to follow posted detours to the nearby New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge’s non-toll northbound lane for travel into New Jersey.

Work at the bridge approaches is limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, but the N.J.-bound lane closure and corresponding temporary pedestrian-safety barriers will remain in place around-the-clock until the evening of June 12, weather permitting.

Significant anticipated work activities at the bridge are as follows:

•Patch and recoat the curbing and deteriorating masonry retaining walls at the bridge’s Pennsylvania approach;

•Repair/replace portions of the New Jersey approach curbing;

•Reconfigure the curb return at the northwest corner of Bridge Street and Lambert Lane in Lambertville, N.J., and install an ADA-compliant curb return; and

•Mill and repave the Commission’s asphalt approach on the New Jersey side, ending at the current Bridge Street/Lambert Lane seam line (the Pennsylvania side was repaved more recently and does not warrant replacement).

Access to and from the bridge’s walkway on the Pennsylvania side will be diverted into the N.J.-bound approach roadway, which will be closed to vehicular traffic and cordoned off from PA-bound traffic with temporary concrete barriers.

New Jersey-bound vehicular traffic will be diverted during this time to the nearby New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge (non-toll direction).

After the work at New Hope-Lambertville is completed, the project contractor will move to the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Toll-Supported Bridge on June 15 and then the Centre Bridge-Stockton Bridge on June 18. All work is currently scheduled to end July 15.