Rebuild the Centerton Bridge

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The 103-year-old bridge spanning the Rancocas Creek between Mount Laurel and Willingboro, New Jersey was closed in April, 2015 upon the recommendation of the county engineer. Structural issues, including separation from its supports, were cited. Replacement of the bridge would require meeting modern design standards and the ability to accomodate an increase in traffic in the area. Nearly 14,000 vehicles have been forced to use local detours to interstate 295 on a daily basis since the bridge's closing. Options for construction of a new bridge have included estimates in the $20 million range; replacement of the bridge seems impossible at that rate. We believe there is a more cost-effective alternative that will save taxpayers a significant amount of money. A variety of Steel Thru Truss bridges have been proposed in Warren County, New York (Milton Street Bridge) and in Virginia (the Lewis Bridge over the Catoctin Creek and the Springbrook Road Bridge in Broadway) for less than $5 million. We petition the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Burlington County to review the plans for those bridges via www.virginiadot.org and recognize the positive impact the Centerton Bridge has on the surrounding communities; it must be replaced, not forgotten.



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