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Jacobs Creek Road Bridge

 

Jacobs Creek Road Bridge

In Mercer County, New Jersey, WSP USA was the prime consultant and designer for the replacement of the Jacobs Creek Road Bridge. 

Spanning over Ewing Creek, the new structure was re-opened to vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic in September 2014. 

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, WSP 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 bridge, along with the Bear Tavern Road Bridge, was one of two structures in a combined 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. 

The project is a textbook example of how the firm works with stakeholders, listening to their concerns and producing results that both meet project goals and are widely accepted within the community.