Why is this bridge study necessary?

Now approaching 90 years old, the Columbia Turnpike Bridge is in poor condition and has structural and functional limitations that do not meet today’s design standards.

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Morris County, are conducting an LCD study to determine appropriate improvements to the Columbia Turnpike Bridge. The goals of the study are to address the structural deficiencies of the bridge and increase safety for the traveling public.

What is a Local Concept Development (LCD) study?

The LCD study is the first phase for federally funded transportation improvement projects. The LCD study phase includes data collection; coordination with local municipal officials, community stakeholders, and Federal and State permitting agencies; public outreach; the development of a reasonable number of sensible and practical conceptual alternatives; and the recommendation of a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA).

The conceptual alternatives include:

  • A “no-build” alternative
  • Rehabilitation alternative
  • Full replacement alternative
What is the schedule for the Columbia Turnpike Bridge LCD study?
  • Develop Purpose and Needs Statement: Early 2018
  • Develop Alternatives Analysis: Mid 2018
  • Selection of Preliminary Preferred Alternative: Late 2018
  • Documentation: Late 2018/Early 2019
  • Draft Local Concept Development Report: Early 2019
  • Final Local Concept Development Report: Early 2019
What kind of a bridge is the Columbia Turnpike Bridge?

The existing Columbia Turnpike Bridge (Structure No. 1400-451) over the Black Brook was built in 1929 and widened to the south in 1960, is a three-span concrete encased structure which has a series of parallel steel beams supporting the deck with an approximate span length of 31.’ The bridge carries four 11.4’ (45.6’ curb-to-curb) lanes with no shoulders and two 4.9’ wide sidewalks.

What is the existing condition of the bridge?

Now approaching 90 years old, the Columbia Turnpike Bridge is in poor condition and has structural and functional limitations that do not meet today’s design standards.

How will the project benefit pedestrians and bicyclists?

As part of the study, the project team is asking for input from the local officials and community stakeholders to understand what pedestrian and bicycle mobility and access is needed. As part of the LCD study phase, when developing the project purpose and need for improvements, all modes of transportation will be taken into consideration.

Have the project's improvements been decided?

The reason for this study is to identify the current transportation issues and needs regarding the Columbia Turnpike (County Route 510) Bridge. The project is currently in the LCD phase to identify the needs, develop alternatives and determine a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) for bridge improvements. Morris County and cooperating agencies will continue to seek community input on the design and proposed transportation improvements during the LCD phase and future phases of the project.

How much will it cost and who will pay for it?

The cost of the LCD study is funded with Federal dollars. There is no estimated cost of the design and construction of the project since the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) has not been determined.

How will the project affect the environment?

Federally funded projects require environmental screening that follows the National Environmental Policy Act process (NEPA) to establish existing socioeconomic and environmental conditions and weigh the potential impacts that may be caused by the range of alternatives under consideration. When analyzing the alternatives, federal and state regulations require careful assessment and mitigation or avoidance of the potential negative environmental impacts. Environmental resources analyzed include air, noise, hazardous or contaminated sites, parks, wetlands, water resources, social and economic impacts, and cultural resources such as historic structures and facilities.

Why get involved?

Your input is important to every phase of the study. The study team will collect information such as how the local community uses the bridge, any current traffic problems and how the public sees alternative solutions. Community outreach during the planning stages is a vital part of the LCD process and we encourage the community to follow, participate and help make sure every potential effective element has been considered and examined for its viability.

Why attend the public meeting?

Public meetings are a good way to make your voice heard. At public meetings, the study team will be present to answer your questions. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can stay up-to-date on project developments by visiting this website and reviewing the meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentation.

How can I stay informed, ask questions, or offer suggestions?

The study team is committed to keeping the public informed throughout the Columbia Turnpike (County Route 510) Bridge LCD study. Our aim is to keep you up to date on the project and respond to your questions and concerns. You can stay up to date on project developments by visiting this website and reviewing the meeting minutes and meeting presentations.

We encourage community members to voice their concerns and contribute suggestions. For questions or comments, contact:

Richard Brundage, P.E.
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Project Manager
rbrundage@njtpa.org

Sascha Frimpong
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Manager, Local Programs
sfrimpong@njtpa.org

Meghan Paccione (Primary Contact)
Morris County Senior Engineer
mpaccione@co.morris.nj.us

Christopher Vitz
Morris County Director of Public Works & County Engineer
cvitz@co.morris.nj.us

Roslyn Khurdan
Morris County Assistant County Engineer
rkhurdan@co.morris.nj.us