SPARTA,NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a major construction project on Route 15 at the Main Street overpass in Sparta, anticipated to begin on or about August 1. The construction is anticipated to take 15 months with an estimated completion date of November 9, 2020, with a projected cost of $4.09 Million.

The announcement said the existing Route 15 bridges over Main Street in Sparta, both north and southbound, were determined to need “deck replacement due to continuous deterioration.” Further the “superstructures” will also be replaced because both bridges, north and southbound, “show signs and have a history of being struck by over height vehicles.”

The project is proposed in two stages:

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Stage 1- Both bridges will have the left side closed, looking north, with traffic shifted to the right.  The announcement said this plan is due to the damaged beam in that area on the southbound bridge, that will be demolished first.  Further, the northbound bridge will require a temporary beam to be installed prior to Stage 1 beginning.  The ramp onto Route 15 south from County Road 517 will have a stop sign, rather than the current yield.

Stage 2 – Both bridges will have the right side closed.  Traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed left side. 

According to New Jersey Department of Transportation, Sparwick Contracting, Inc. of Lafayette was given the contract for the job April 30, 2019.