The detour will facilitate construction to correct deficiencies at the bridge’s two landside approaches, including two masonry walls, sidewalk and curbing, and the New Jersey-side pavement, according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC)
The bridge’s pedestrian walkway and Pennsylvania-bound vehicular-travel lane will remain open while works takes place. The New Jersey-bound travel lane, however, 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 NJ-bound lane closure and corresponding temporary pedestrian-safety barriers will remain in place around-the-clock until the evening of June 12, weather permitting. The breakdown of the significant anticipated work activities and travel impacts at the bridge are as follows:
- Patch and re-coat 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 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).
Travel impacts: Access to and from the bridge’s walkway on the Pennsylvania side will be diverted into the NJ-bound approach roadway, which will be closed to vehicular traffic and cordoned off from PA-bound traffic with temporary concrete barriers. This temporary configuration is expected to last 12 days, including one weekend. New Jersey-bound vehicular traffic will be diverted during this time to the nearby New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge (non-toll direction).
The work at the New Hope-Lambertville free bridge is just one facet of a broader seven-week-long project that will make repairs and improvements to approach roadways and sidewalks at three dual-lane truss bridges between Bucks and Hunterdon counties.
After the work at New Hope-Lambertville is completed, the project contractor will first move to the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Toll-Supported Bridge on June 15, and then the Centre Bridge-Stockton Bridge on June 18.