Specialized in civil, structural, and transportation projects
Route 295-42-76 Direct Connection in South Jersey
Project Owner :
     New Jersey Department of Transportation
Location :
     New Jersey
Client(s) :
     Dewberry
    
Services :
     Bridge Engineering
     Structural Engineering
     Construction Support Services
    
    
Project Name   
Route 295-42-76 Direct Connection in South Jersey

Project Description

The NJDOT has started construction on this $900 million federally funded Direct Connection project that will provide a seamless route for I-295 motorists traveling through the interchange of I-295, Route 42 and I-76 in Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City. Approximately 250,000 vehicles travel through the Route 295/42/76 interchange each weekday to and from Camden, Philadelphia and other destinations. The current configuration requires I-295 motorists to exit the interstate and weave across other congested highway lanes to return to I-295. The project will eliminate dangerous merge conditions by building a viaduct that carries I-295 traffic over Route 42 and I-76.

As part of Contract 1 of this multi-year project, SJH is responsible for the design and construction support services of two replacement bridges – Bell Road (CR 658) over I-295 and Creek Road (CR 753) over Route 42. The existing Bell Road Bridge is a 3-span simply
supported, steel girder structure with a total span length of about 198 ft. It will be replaced by a 2-span continuous steel girder bridge with a center pier, stub abutments and an increased total span length of 251 feet to allow for the widening of I-295. The existing Creek Road Bridge is a 2-span simply supported, steel girder structure with a total span length of 175 feet. It will be replaced by a 2-span continuous steel girder bridge with a center pier, and stub abutments wrapped with MSE retaining walls, and an increased total span length of 208 ft to allow for the widening of Route 42. Both bridges will be replaced in-line by staged construction. Construction activities on these bridges involve extensive utility relocations including water main, gas main, telephone/CATV and electric conduits. In addition, a temporary prefabricated truss panel pedestrian bridge will be provided at 100 feet north of the Creek Road Bridge to accommodate the heavy pedestrian volume currently using the bridge.


 
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