Route 15 Southbound, Bridge over Rockaway River
Virtual Public Information
February 16 - March 2, 2021
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is committed to developing transportation improvements that best balance transportation needs, the environment, community concerns and costs. NJDOT will hold a Virtual Public Information Center (PIC) to provide local residents and businesses with information on the Route 15 Southbound, Bridge over Rockaway River project. You are encouraged to actively participate by providing comments by mail or e‐mail.
Due to the COVID‐19 Public Health Emergency the Public Information Center will be held virtually. Please visit this website at a time that is convenient for you between February 16 and March 2, 2021.
Structure No. 1404-158, which carries Route 15 Southbound over the Rockaway River was originally constructed in 1900 and widened in 1947. The structure is in poor condition with deterioration in the original masonry abutments and advanced decay in the timber abutments and pier bents. The deck and superstructure are also in poor condition with visible deterioration in the underside and side faces of the concrete slab. The existing structure is considered scour critical. The structure is therefore proposed for replacement.
The NJDOT proposes to replace the existing structure with a single span pre-stressed concrete box beam superstructure, one course deck construction wearing surface, and full height abutments on piles. It will feature two 12-foot wide travel lanes, 10-foot wide inside and outside shoulders, and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. Due to the proposed structure type and the requirement to raise the existing structure beams above the 100-year flood elevation, the proposed bridge surface will be approximately 3.3 feet higher than the existing bridge surface. This will improve the existing vertical sag curve geometry and serve to improve stopping sight distance along Route 15 southbound. The vertical profile of Cedar Terrace will also be raised to meet the Route 15 profile.