Somers Point-Mays Landing bridge plans to be discussed April 22

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The public will be able to learn more about the county’s plans replace the Catawba Bridge (EH-17) which carries Somers Point- Mays Landing Road over Miry Run in Egg Harbor and Hamilton Townships during a public information session scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Green Tree Golf Course, 1030 Somers Point- Mays Landing Road in Egg Harbor Township.

 The meeting will allow residents to examine the design plans and exhibits of the Atlantic County Division of Engineering and ask the county’s design consultant Urban Engineers, questions.

 The existing single-span concrete-encased steel stringer bridge was originally constructed in 1914. In 2012, it was deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete due to the physical condition of its existing substructure, substandard guide rail and geometry. Both abutments exhibit severe deterioration to the stone masonry.

 The proposed project is to replace the bridge with a new precast concrete arch structure, which will raise the roadway above the estimated 100-year flood elevation. The new bridge will have one 12-foot lane and one 4-foot shoulder in each direction.

 The work will require a detour around the site using Ocean Heights Avenue and English Creek Avenue.

 Miry Run is within the Great Egg Harbor River/Wild and Scenic River System Act, which is governed by federal regulations. To stay in compliance, the new bridge will be raised to 5 feet from the high water elevation to increase the vertical clearance of recreational watercraft such as canoes.

 The project is expected to be funded though the New Jersey Department of Transportation Annual Transportation Plan. 

 The project is currently in the final design phase, work is expected to begin in October and to last approximately 10 months for a June 2015 completion. The detour would be in place for six months from the start of construction.

 For further information, contact John A. Musto, P.E., Acting Atlantic County Engineer, P.O. Box 719, Northfield, NJ 08225.  

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