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Griggstown Causeway Bridge

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Millstone River on Griggstown Causeway
Location
Somerset County, New Jersey
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1890; rehabilitated 1978; Replaced 2006
Design
Pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 48.9 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43917, -74.61778   (decimal degrees)
40°26'21" N, 74°37'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/532416/4476572 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Monmouth Junction
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
2,110
Inventory numbers
NJ 18F0302 (New Jersey bridge number)
BH 25508 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 13, 2015: Updated by Art Suckewer: Corrected status
  • January 21, 2015: New Street View added by Dave King

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  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

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Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

To give others a sense of what's going on, think about taking a little county bridge with poor sight lines that should be OK for 100 cars a day then ty to force thousands of cars a day across it!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/nyregion/new-jersey-roads-...

New Jersey Drivers Fume as Road and Bridge Work Stops

By PATRICK McGEEHAN and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS JULY 19, 2016

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Stalled bridge construction near Princeton, N.J., on Route 518. Construction began in early July but Gov. Chris Christie, at impasse with lawmakers on a gasoline-tax increase, stopped road work around the state.

Credit Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

Several miles from Princeton, drivers are playing chicken as they detour across a single-lane bridge. In Summit, the prolonged shutdown of a century-old crossing has forced nearby businesses to lay off workers. And in Hoboken, the delay of the long-awaited rehabilitation of a critical connection to the Lincoln Tunnel threatens to disrupt back-to-school traffic.

Across New Jersey, residents accustomed to complaining about all of the road work undertaken during the summer months now have something different to moan about: Hundreds of those improvement projects have ground to a halt, victims of a political stalemate among state lawmakers. In many places, the orange cones and mesh netting are still in place, but the backhoes and road graders sit idle, as do more than 1,000 construction workers across the state.

The long days and abundant sunshine of the season make it prime time for fixing the roads and bridges that keep things moving in New Jersey, which, like many states, is saddled with aging infrastructure. But for more than a week, those ideal conditions have been squandered as the state’s political leaders argue about whether and how to raise the state’s gasoline tax.

With no agreement and the state’s Transportation Trust Fund — which is financed by the tax — nearly drained, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all work stop on a long list of projects throughout the state. That left the completion of construction scheduled for this year in jeopardy, said Anthony Attanasio, executive director of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey.

“One thing everyone agrees on is that government is responsible for providing safe and reliable infrastructure for taxpayers,” Mr. Attanasio said. But, he added, since Mr. Christie’s executive order took effect on July 8, “we’re in this weird limbo where no work’s getting done.”

With Mr. Christie and other Republican leaders at their party’s national convention in Cleveland this week, a deal to end the stalemate is unlikely in the coming days. The chances of reaching one before the Democrats wrap up their convention in Philadelphia late next week seem nearly as slim.

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Gov. Chris Christie, left, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

The 50-page list of stalled transportation work represents more than $3 billion in projects to upgrade roads, bridges and mass transit. New Jersey Transit, the agency that runs the state’s commuter rail and bus network, has had to suspend its order for dozens of new buses until the financing issue is sorted out.

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James Kennelly, a spokesman for Hudson County, said officials there had been advised to expect the suspension of work on the Park Avenue Bridge, which connects Hoboken and Weehawken, to extend to the end of July.

What is clear is that shutting down and restarting projects will add to their cost, driving up the total price significantly in some cases. Hudson County, Mr. Kennelly said, estimates the stoppage will add as much as $120,000 to the cost of rehabilitating the bridge.

In several towns on the northern border of Princeton, the closing of the Route 518 bridge this month — and the subsequent shutdown of work two days later — has sent cars onto other traffic-clogged routes over the Millstone River, leading to angry exchanges among drivers. The work was scheduled to be finished this fall. Now the bridge could be closed much longer.

Donato Nieman, the administrator in Montgomery Township, said he had seen drivers getting into arguments when they were rerouted to a one-lane bridge to the north. Some drivers have even played chicken on the bridge, facing each other until someone backs down, he said.

“You get the rolling down of windows and the hurling of less-than-charming language,” Mr. Nieman said, noting that officers were sent to park in driveways nearby in an effort to encourage drivers to behave.

The police in nearby Franklin Township, in Somerset County, have received complaints about road rage shouting matches at another crossing to the south. Sgt. Philip Rizzo, a spokesman for the Police Department, said the community had seen major traffic backups, especially during the evening commute.

Document: New Jersey Town Asks State to Deem Bridge Project Essential

Local leaders have asked the state to deem the Route 518 bridge an essential project and to restart the work since it is a critical route for emergency responders trying to reach a hospital. Theodore Chase, the deputy mayor in Franklin Township, questioned why work began on the bridge on July 6, even as uncertainty lingered over state funding.

His wife, Victory Chase, was stuck in traffic at an alternate crossing as she returned home on a recent evening after volunteering at a library.

“It took me an hour to do something that takes less than 10 minutes normally,” Ms. Chase said.

Stephen Schapiro, a spokesman for the state’s Transportation Department, said officials had developed the detour with local communities before the project began and that the Route 518 bridge would have been closed this week even if a shutdown had not been ordered. Since work on the bridge had already started, it was no longer safe for traffic, Mr. Schapiro said.

Down the block from the Route 518 crossing, Barry M. Gerlack, the owner of a travel business, said he was furious with Mr. Christie over the impasse. Not only is his commuting longer, but a pizza deliveryman recently called him frantically asking for detour directions in the hopes of keeping a pie hot.

“We have our own Bridgegate here — it’s unbelievable,” he said.

A deal over transportation financing appeared near last month, but Mr. Christie and Democratic leaders in the State Senate could not agree over which tax cuts to pair with a 23-cent increase in the gas tax. On Monday, Mr. Christie told reporters in Cleveland that he had rejected a new financing proposal from Stephen M. Sweeney, a Democrat and president of the State Senate, and would meet with Mr. Sweeney after the convention. Mr. Sweeney’s office said that Mr. Christie had not offered his own counterproposal.

Since Mr. Christie ordered the shutdown, he has been preoccupied with a series of political setbacks. Last week, David Samson, his longtime friend, pleaded guilty to using his position as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for his personal benefit. A day later, Mr. Christie was passed over to serve as Donald J. Trump’s running mate.

At the Morris Avenue bridge in Summit, residents complained of rerouted traffic filling quiet neighborhoods with the sounds of revving engines and honking horns. On Monday afternoon, a group of teenagers walked down the sidewalk as they sought a way around the closed bridge.

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An idle bridge repair site. Officials are complaining that time is running out to finish many jobs before schools open. Credit Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

Jim Jorgensen, 50, a financial analyst who lives in Summit, walked past the idle construction site.

“How long does it take to build a bridge?” he asked.

The project in Hoboken had been underway for just two days when Mr. Christie ordered the shutdown, Mr. Kennelly, the Hoboken spokesman, said. Workers had begun chipping away at the old concrete on the bridge, one of two that connect Hoboken and Weehawken just south of the Lincoln Tunnel.

“Our main concern was that we found ourselves in a tricky position because it is very difficult to get in and out of Hoboken,” Mr. Kennelly said. “We wanted to try to manage things so that we didn’t increase any period of time of aggravation.”

County officials asked the contractors to cover up the work its crew had done and reopen the lane of traffic that had been closed off, Mr. Kennelly said. Before the suspension of the work, the plan had been to have crews work for 12 hours a day six days a week through mid-September.

Under that schedule, the project could have been completed without much nighttime labor and before school buses start rolling again in the fall, Mr. Kennelly said. But now that plan will have to be reworked with the understanding that it will extend well past the end of summer.

Construction industry officials, Mr. Attanasio said, still hope that elected officials can work out a solution before the end of the month. If not, he said, the stalemate could grow into a more dire condition.

“If you get into August, you’d be going from hundreds of projects to thousands of projects” shut down, he said. “That’s going to affect every single person in New Jersey and anyone who travels through our state and anyone who ships goods and services to and from our state.”

Nate Schweber contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on July 20, 2016, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Anger as Work Stops on Roads in New Jersey. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

http://www.franklintwpnj.org/Home/Components/News/News/3184/...

Update on Rt. 518

Post Date:07/20/2016 4:00 PM

The NJDOT has completed adjustment of traffic signal timing on Route 27 in the Kingston area. These changes were made to help traffic flow due to the increased volume resulting from the closure of the Route 518 Bridge over the D&R Canal. There are still delays during the AM & PM rush hours, but we have seen some improvement with the signal timing changes. The Griggstown Causeway continues to be a location with significant delays during the rush hours and motorists are advised to avoid that area if at all possible. We are aware of the inconvenience and frustration caused by the bridge closure and will continue to work with NJDOT and County officials to mitigate the impacts as much as possible.

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 22, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Matt,

You are probably correct. However, its a multi-span pony that literally ends at a T intersection with relatively heavy traffic and poor sightlines. To me, this is the worst kind of compromise, an 'in-kind' replacement that really provides no benefit over the prior structure while eliminating the actual historic artifact.

Its shortcomings have really come to a head as the next crossing (Rt. 518) a relatively major route was closed for repair of the canal bridge (adjacent to the river) and, due to NJ politics, is now closed indefinitely as all state DOT work has stopped due to a political pissing contest.

Regards,

Art S.

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Matt Lohry

I found it rather odd as well that they chose to build a one-lane bridge here...I would guess that the reason is to limit the traffic flow, and to make it inconvenient enough to force the majority of people to take alternate routes to somewhat protect this area, as it appears that it might have some environmental importance to it. Hardly seems worth it, though, with all of the problems that it seems to be causing...

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I crossed that bridge yesterday. I don't know why they kept it as a one lane bridge when they replaced it. Seems kind of pointless of killing a historic bridge only to install a duplicate replacement. That said, even with a four lane bridge, the intersection would still suck.

Regards,

Art S.

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by DSue

This bridge is not safe for today's traffic. There is no need in 2016 for a one lane pony truss. It is not even the original bridge so therefore, it's not historic.

I have witnessed so many scary things happen. Two people trying to cross at once, cars backing up onto River road and almost getting hit by other cars passing when there is clearly a sign that says no passing. I have witnessed multiple fights, verbal AND physical. I have sat in line for over 10 minutes once because two cars stuck on it head one couldn't back off because all the cars behind them went too.

This is a heavy traffic area. It needs a two lane bridge!

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by DSue (donnarich734 [at] msn [dot] com)

This bridge is not safe for today's traffic. There is no need in 2016 for a one lane pony truss. It is not even the original bridge so therefore, it's not historic.

I have witnessed so many scary things happen. Two people trying to cross at once, cars backing up onto River road and almost getting hit by other cars passing when there is clearly a sign that says no passing. I have witnessed multiple fights, verbal AND physical. I have sat in line for over 10 minutes once because two cars stuck on it head one couldn't back off because all the cars behind them went too.

This is a heavy traffic area. It needs a two lane bridge!

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted May 6, 2016, by Rhoda (Vwgal16 [at] comcast [dot] net)

I have lived in Montgomery township for over 10 years. The Giggstown Causeway Bridge needs to be evaluated for safety. It has heavy traffic and is only a one lane bridge, while others in area are 2 lanes. Due to the location of bridge it is a dangerous bridge and area. Though many need the bridge to cross over from middlesex county into somerset county.

What are the steps for the bridge to become considered a 2 lane bridge.

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted August 14, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I didn't know I had been promoted. Musta missed that memo.

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted August 14, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey J.R. ........Aren't you in charge of alerts?

Griggstown Causeway Bridge
Posted August 13, 2009, by Sam (sangita [dot] patil [at] convatec [dot] com)

Hi,

How can I find out the Griggstown Causeway Bridge is open after the heavy rain?

Can I sign up for the alerts?