PISCATAWAY, NJ – After a nearly year-long reconstruction project, Middlesex County officials joined with Piscataway mayor, Brian Wahler at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, officially reopening the Baekeland Ave. bridge over Ambrose Creek.

“This is a very happy day for Piscataway Township and the Borough of Middlesex,” said Wahler. “What may seem to be a small county culvert bridge is going to be the catalyst for a lot of economic development here.”

Baekeland Ave., which runs through the former Union Carbide industrial park from River Road in Piscataway ends at the new bridge where Possumtown Road becomes Cedar Ave. in Middlesex Borough.

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According to county officials, “the bridge measures 45 feet wide and 86 feet long, provides for two 12-foot vehicle travel lanes, two 6-foot shoulders, and one 6-foot sidewalk. It replaces a functionally obsolete bridge which was 34 feet wide and did not have sidewalks. Along with the bridge, roughly 800 feet of roadway was reconstructed.”

The bridge project cost $2,842,272 to complete with $2 million in funding provided by the New Jersey Local Bridge Future Need Program, said officials.

“On behalf of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I thank both municipalities for their hard work and their contributions to the project,” said Freeholder Director Ronald Rios. “When county government collaborates with municipalities, we can leverage our shared experience and resources to create a better environment for us all.”

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