The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has approved a contract with an engineering consulting firm to design a rehabilitation project expected to be carried out in 2024 at the New Hope-Lambertville Toll-Supported Bridge.
The rehabilitation project is expected to have four major tasks:
- Repair various pieces of the bridge’s steel superstructure;
- Clean and repaint the bridge’s steel superstructure and underlying bearings;
- Replace the current fiberglass walkway panels with an improved system of quieter, slip-resistant fiber-reinforced-polymer panels; and
- Install a programmable LED lighting system to highlight the bridge’s architectural profile at night along the river.
This would be the first time the bridge has ever been outfitted with such a lighting system.
The bridge’s last rehabilitation occurred in 2004. Because of the extent of work performed during that project, the Commission anticipates that the upcoming bridge rehabilitation’s travel impacts will be less severe. However, the bridge’s walkway will need to be closed for a yet-to-be-determined period to allow for removal of the old surface panels and installation of the new ones.