Repair work on a small county bridge on Crane Road in Mountain Lakes is scheduled to start later this month, with detours set up to divert traffic over the next several months.
County Bridge No. 1400-166, which spans a tributary of Troy Brook, will close for three to four months while the contractor makes repairs. Crane Road will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during construction. The bridge is located on Crane Road between Boulevard and Morris Avenue, near Cove Place.
The existing bridge is a single-span stone masonry arch structure with an asphalt pavement, measuring just 8-feet-long by 35-feet wide, so small that some motorists might not realize they are going over a tiny bridge. It carries about 100 vehicles daily. It was constructed in 1890.
The structure is in need of repair due to deterioration from water seepage as seen by the wide cracks in the underside of the arch. The work consists of repairs to the stone masonry spandrel arch headwalls, repairs to the arch intrados and extrados, repointing of the stone masonry throughout the structure as well as milling and paving.
Colonnelli Bros., Inc., is doing the county-financed work at a bid price of $268,290