Route 35 Darden Bridge Replacement
Project at a Glance
Est. Construction Begin: August 2014
Est Completion Date
November 30, 2015
Lengths and Limits
From 0.072 miles west of Southampton County Line to 0.364 miles west of Southampton County Line
Waterfront Marine Construction
The Rte 35 (Hancock) Bridge is currently a two lane bridge with an average volume of approximately 3,400 vehicles per day. By the year 2036, the traffic volume is projected to increase to approximately 4,525 vehicles per day. The proposed improvements to the bridge will make significant safety improvements to the area.
The project consists of replacing the existing two lane steel truss bridge with a two lane structure with shoulders, grading, paving and drainage on the two lane asphalt approaches. The current bridge was constructed in 1929 and is structurally deficient and weight restricted.
The new bridge will have the following features:
Widened roadways: 12’ lanes with 8’ shoulders
Bridge Clearance of 26’ above mean high water
Bridge length of approximately 900’ with approaches of approximately 400’ in each direction
A design/location public hearing was held on Feb. 7, 2013. The contract for the design and construction of the project was awarded to Waterfront Marine Construction on Oct. 17, 2013, at an estimated construction cost of $9.4 million.
As of June 2014, the project is in the design phase and ahead of schedule. Waterfront Marine and the design contractor, URS, are working on the final bridge and roadway plans, acquiring right of way and permits required for construction. Project construction is estimated to start in early August, 2014.
Will the bridge remain open during construction?
No. Waterfront Marine Inc., has scheduled a 300-day bridge closure during which the old bridge will be dismantled and the new bridge constructed in its place. The bridge will be closed in both directions during this fixed, 300-day period. The contract states that the bridge must be open to traffic in both directions at the final roadway configuration once that 300-period is complete.
When will the bridge be closed?
The contractor is currently ahead of schedule in the design process and currently estimates the bridge closure will start November 1, 2014. The 300-day bridge closure will last until August 28, 2015. At that time the bridge will be opened to the final roadway configuration. Additional work may take place in the area without requiring any lane closures until the project's final projected completion date on November 30, 2015.
How can we reach the Town of Courtland during the bridge closure?
There is a seven-mile detour planned via Route 58 & Business Route 58. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic through the detour and access the Town of Courtland from Route 58 onto Business Route 58 (Jerusalem Rd and Main St) into the Town of Courtland. The Town of Courtland businesses will remain open and accessible throughout the duration of the project and bridge closure.