Replacement finally complete: Route 518 bridge has now reopened

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County Route 518 bridge that crosses the Delaware and Raritan Canal between Rocky Hill Borough and Franklin Township reopened May 4.

By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
The County Route 518 bridge that crosses the Delaware and Raritan Canal between Rocky Hill Borough and Franklin Township has reopened., The bridge was reopened in the late afternoon May 4 – nine months after the bridge replacement project was expected to be completed., The contractor spent the last few days prior to its opening tackling the tasks of installing the bridge rails and guide rails., Work on the $2.75 million bridge replacement project began on July 7, 2016. The bridge was expected to be closed for three to four weeks., But on July 8, 2016, Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order to stop work on all non-essential state-funded projects because the Transportation Trust Fund in the state Department of Transportation had run out of money., Once the issue of re-funding the Transportation Trust Fund was resolved several weeks later, work on the Route 518 bridge project resumed., The project was supposed to have been completed by the end of February, but work was halted when workers discovered creosote, which is a wood treatment chemical, in the ground and the water., That issue was resolved and work began on the bridge again.