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Hightstown's Route 33 Bridge Project Delayed

The new start date is July 5.

The Route 33 bridge project scheduled to start Thursday has been pushed back until next week, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

NJ DOT spokesman Joe Dee said the contractor is still ordering supplies. The anticipated start date is July 5.

Dee would not elaborate on the details of the project or detour, stating a press release would be issued early next week with more information. 

Last week the Borough Council established a seven-ton weight limit for the bridge, between Stockton and Franklin streets, through resolution for the duration of the construction.

Large trucks will be kept on major roads, and those over seven tons will not be able to access the downtown, said Borough Administrator Michael Theokas.

over the bridge during construction, and a detour would be in place for truck traffic.

Westbound truck traffic on Route 33 and trucks exiting the turnpike at Exit 8 will be detoured on Route 133 west to Route 130 south, merging back onto Route 33 west in East Windsor, . Trucks going east on Route 33 south of East Windsor will be detoured to Route 130 north, then to Route 133 east, connecting to Route 33.

that the project, which will reconstruct the protective wall on the bridge, repair sidewalks along Route 33 and improve the drainage on each side of the bridge, should take three to four months to complete.

In August 2011 the bridge sidewall buckled during Hurricane Irene, allowing water to pour into the downtown. 

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Rebecca June 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM
That was the idea when the bypass was built... but we need some better signage to keep out the trucks. I miss the days when the railroad bridge crossed Stockton Street down by the public lot. Trucks not following the "truck route" got stuck under it regularly. Those were the days. Good times.
Torry Watkins June 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
My understanding is that when the new Exit 8 TP interchange is completed, it will line up directly with the Rte 133 Bypass. That should go a long way toward downtown truck traffic relief. I've also been told that the Minute Maid closure resulted in something like a 40% decrease in trucks through downtown HTS.
Samuel G June 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Will the bridge still be open for pedestrian traffic?
Kara July 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Have you seen a reduction in truck traffic? I have not. The number of giant tankers, big rigs and dump trucks is actually frightening. We are nothing but an exit off the turnpike and that is sad considering all the work that has been done down there. We can only hope the proper signage is implemented and then we can look to a brighter tomorrow for Hightstown.
Ashley Peskoe July 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Samuel - The southbound side will be closed to pedestrian traffic. An updated article with road closings, truck and NJTransit detours, parking restrictions and pedestrian traffic information can be found here: http://patch.com/A-vJlS Hope this helps!

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