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Bennetts Lane Bridge Slated for Replacement

Work will close portion of road for four months

This bridge on Bennetts Lane is slated for replacement by Somerset County.

This bridge on Bennetts Lane is slated for replacement by Somerset County.

Somerset County is preparing to replace one of its bridges on Bennetts Lane, work that will close a portion of the road for about four months.

The bridge, which has been declared “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete,” is located less than a mile north of Route 27, and spans an unnamed tributary of the Six Mile Run.

There’s no start time set yet for the work, which is projected to cost  about $600,000. The project will be paid for through a $14 million bond ordinance.

The work means that Bennetts Lane will be closed to through traffic between Clyde Road and Rt. 27, said Brian Maurer, the county’s principal bridge engineer. A detour has been established that will run from Rt. 27 to Veronica Avenue to Hamilton Street/Amwell Road to South Middlebush Road, he said.

The bridge needs to be replaced because is superstructure – concrete-encased steel stringers supporting a concrete deck – is failing, said Mark Jenner, another county engineer. The structure will be replaced with a single, pre-cast concrete arch, he said.

The current bridge has a road width of about 19 feet, which resulted in its “functionally obsolete” classification, Jenner said. The new bridge will correct that with a road width of about 30 feet, he said.

Although the road will be partially closed, local residents will have complete access during the construction, Maurer said.

A map of the proposed detour is below.

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