Each of the three engineering consultancies will be responsible for monitoring and overseeing specific areas of the project’s construction field activities on behalf of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. They will also be responsible for ensuring that the construction work - which is being performed by the Trumbull Corporation - and materials conform with the Commission’s plans and specifications.
The contracts have been awarded to:
- Parson Brinckerhoff - a US$7.8 million contract for work on the main river bridge. The firm will be responsible for construction inspection services for the demolition of the existing Scudder Falls Bridge and construction of a replacement bridge over the Delaware River;
- TRC Engineers - a US$6.5 million contract for work related to the Pennsylvania approach to the bridge;
- Gannett Fleming - a US$6.6 million contract for work related to the New Jersey Approach to the bridge.
The existing four-lane Scudder Falls Bridge is being replaced by a twin-span structure carrying six lanes of through traffic (three in each direction), and three auxiliary lanes (two northbound, one southbound) for traffic merging on and off the bridge.Land-based construction activities for the scheme are currently expected to begin in the next four to six weeks, with in-water construction due to start in mid-summer.