January 26, 2019
The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced a $7.7 million bridge replacement project Friday for the Route 47 bridge in Gloucester County.
The bridge, which connects Westville and Deptford and is used by roughly 12,000 vehicles every day, was constructed 59 years ago, according to NJ DOT.
The bridge is currently in “poor condition,” the department said, so the project will replace the concrete deck, parapets, and superstructure. The project will also raise the clearance by 26 inches.
Utility work is the first stage of the project, according to NJDOT. Northbound traffic was shifted Saturday morning to the northbound curb line, and southbound traffic was shifted to the southbound curb line. Utility work will continue for weeks, and then construction will begin.
During construction, traffic will be shifted to the east side of the bridge in order to demolish, and then re-construct, the west side of the bridge. Traffic will be shifted on to the newly-constructed west side of the bridge in order to work on the east side.
NJ DOT didn’t specify exactly how long it expects the project to take to complete.