Catawba Bridge replacement delayed until Fall 2015

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Original plans called for bridge work to be completed by June 2015

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The replacement of Catawba Bridge, EH-17, over Miry Run on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road (Rt. 559) in Egg Harbor Township will go out to bid early next spring several months later than originally planned, Atlantic County officials announced Monday, Aug. 25.

The bidding process will delayed to prevent motorists from having to deal with two detours on the same roadway at the same time, according to the press release.

“There are a few reasons for the postponement,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “The primary one being that we already have a detour in place on Rt. 559 related to the reconstruction of bridge EH-21. To add another detour on the same roadway within the same municipality would cause a substantial inconvenience and delay for residents and motorists.”

 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. Before this announcment, the work had been expected to begin in October 2014 and to last approximately 10 months for a June 2015 completion.

“We also recently learned upon further review by the engineer consultant that the western embankment of the EH-17 bridge will require additional remedial activity prior to construction.”

The revised plans call for construction of the EH-17 bridge to begin in September or October of 2015 following the completion and reopening of bridge EH-21 over English Creek.

“Our intent is to avoid implementing the EH-17 bridge detour during the summer months when many people from out of the area, in addition to our own residents, use Rt. 559 to access shore points,” stated Levinson.

The Catawba Bridge is a 100-year old single-span, concrete-encased steel stringer structure, with one 12-foot lane and one 4-foot shoulder in each direction.

The approach roadway will be raised above the estimated 100-year flood elevation.

The new bridge will be raised to five feet from the high water elevation to increase the vertical clearance for recreational watercraft and to remain in compliance with federal regulations that govern Miry Run within the Great Egg Harbor River Wild and Scenic River System.

Read more: 

Work progressing on EHT bridge replacement project

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

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