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Bear Tavern Road Bridge


Bear Tavern Road Bridge


WSP USA was the prime consultant and designer for the replacement of Bear Tavern Road Bridge in Mercer County, New Jersey.

The original obsolete structure, closed to traffic since 2009, was re-opened to vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic in September 2014. 

Components of the bridge were repurposed for recreational use at nearby Howell Living History Farm. 

Although a few local residents had concerns that the new structure would increase truck traffic, invite faster vehicle speeds, or take away from the historic value and character of the previous bridge, Parsons Brinckerhoff and its client, the County of Mercer, successfully heeded and addressed those concerns--the project team incorporated aesthetic treatments into designs recommended by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, yielding a finished product that not only blended into the beautiful settings, but also upheld the historic character of the previous structure. 

This structure, along with the Jacobs Creek Road Bridge, was one of two structures in a combined bridge project in Mercer County that was recognized with a host of awards, including an honor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Jersey; a national recognition award at that organization’s 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards gala; and an award from the NJ Alliance for Action at its Distinguished Engineering Awards.