FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Good news has come to many daily commuters of the township, construction work on Southmiddlebush Road has been completed a week ahead of time.

"People are already using the road," Somerset County Department of Public Works, Principal Bridge Engineer, Brian W. Maurer said. 

The project was originally slated take 73 calendar days, but it was completed in 68. The project had incentives for early completion and penalties for late completions. 

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Original Article:

Will South Middlebush Road Open Before the School Year Starts?

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)

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