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Will South Middlebush Road Open Before the School Year Starts?

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - If you live in town the South Middlebush Road closure has made traveling a little difficult, but the good news is, the project is on schedule.
 
"The project is currently on schedule for mid-Sep. reopening, on or about the “break even” date of Sep. 8," Somerset County Principal Bridge Engineer, Brian W. Maurer said in an email to TAPinto Franklin Township. "Both abutments and all four wing walls are now complete, and the timber superstructure is scheduled for installation around the end of this week while the drainage and roadway grading work gets completed."
 
The project was scheduled to take 73 calendar days to complete and the project started on June 28. The project has an incentive and disincentive payment provision for the contractor. If the project is completed before Sept. 8 there is an incentive payment and late completion carries a penalty, as measured on a per day basis, up to 15 calendar days, according to officials. 
 
 
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Traffic Advisory: South Middlebush Summertime Road Closure (UPDATE)

So far it has been a major inconvenience to the commuters of Franklin Township, but the good news is the project is on schedule.

Somerset County Department of Public Works, Principal Bridge Engineer, Brian W. Maurer, told TAPinto Franklin Township that the project is on target for completion. 

"South Middlebush Road (CR 615) closure was implemented on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 for start of bridge and utility work", said Maurer. "Duration of the road closure is approximately 3 months.  Bridge and roadway reconstruction work continues to be in progress.  Completion of the bridge/roadway work and reopening of South Middlebush Road is on target for on-time completion in mid-September, weather permitting."

The school year for Franklin Township Public Schools is set for Sept. 13. 

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