**2/14/13 Update on Improvements to Ernston/Bordentown Ave. Intersection**
This project was awarded by Middlesex County to Green Construction in the amount of
$6,944,000.00 in the fall of 2010.
The contract time frame for completion was 480 days.
Construction Work was to begin in the spring of 2011 and be completed by the summer of 2012.
Delays in obtaining approvals from Conrail delayed the ordering of bridge materials which in turn have delayed the anticipated completion date.
Numerous additional utility line conflicts have also delayed progress on the project.
Construction work on the project began in April 2011.
Project now scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Final paving may not be performed until the spring of 2013.
The initial closure of the 4 legs of the intersection began on April 23, 2012. The original closure was scheduled for a period of 45 days. A number of other full road closures were scheduled in the future.
The main purpose of the closure was to allow Middlesex Water Company to relocate their 30” water main. Verizon was also scheduled to lower their underground conduits.
During this initial closure a number of other work took place:
- PSE&G began their gas line relocation
- Cablevision began to relocate their conduits
- JCP&L began their pole and wire relocation
- The 16” Sayreville water main was relocated
- Storm sewer improvements were installed
- Curb, Sidewalk, and Driveway aprons were installed
- Lowering of the road grades began
Due to the progress that was being made during this 4 leg road closure the County’s Contractor requested approval to extend the time frame of the road closure for an additional 30 days. By allowing this extension it was indicated that no future 4 leg road closures would be required. Instead in the future only 1 leg would be closed at a time.
Three legs of the intersection were opened on June 29, 2012. The section of Ernston Road between Bordentown Avenue and Washington Road was opened during the Sayreville fireworks display but has remained closed since.
Bordentown Avenue was temporarily closed on Wednesday evening August 22, 2012 to allow for the installation of new gate valves on the existing Perth Amboy 24” water line.
On Tuesday August 28, 2012 Bordentown Avenue was again closed for one (1) day in order to allow for the new 24” Perth Amboy water line to be connected to the existing line.
Although originally scheduled to be opened prior to Labor Day weekend, it was decided on August 31, 2012 to keep the section of Ernston Road between Bordentown Avenue and Washington Road closed.
The installation of the new railroad bridge has been completed and the trains have been routed to the new bridge.
The old bridge has been removed and the demolition of the old bridge supports has been completed.
The Contractor is now in the process of installing the concrete supports and wing walls for the new bridge. Once this work is completed the roadway widening and pedestrian improvements under the bridge can be installed.