The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently approved a $56.5 million construction contract to modernize and improve the maintenance and operations capabilities in the agency’s southern service region over the next three years.
The project involves three Bucks County locations: a 6 acre tract in the Langhorne section of Middletown Township; the agency’s aging maintenance/administration building site in Morrisville; and the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge maintenance yard in Solebury Township.
The project would improve the maintenance, security, toll collection, salt storage and fueling installations that serve the nine southern region bridges – between the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge to the south and the Lumberville-Raven Rock Pedestrian Bridge to the north.
The first two facets of the contract expected to get underway would be the construction of a centralized demarcation building for utility service lines and the installation of temporary trailers for toll-collection staff near the former administration building in Morrisville; and the construction of a new 7,000-square-foot, 5,000-ton salt-storage facility in Langhorne. Preparatory work at these locations could begin later this summer.
The commission awarded the multi-year construction contract to Bracy Construction Inc. of Allentown, for up to $56,535,181. The action took place at the commission’s June 28 meeting.
The property adjacent to Route 1 on the Pennsylvania side of the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge would be reconfigured through various stages of demolition and construction. Preparatory work is expected to begin sometime in August.
The work includes creation of a one-story demarcation building that would centralize the location’s various utility service lines. A network of trailers would be installed on the site to for toll-collection personnel to use while the site undergoes demolition and construction.
The contractor could begin razing the commission’s aging four-story Morrisville administration building in late winter. The building has been virtually mothballed since the transferal of its administrative staff to the new office building on the Lower Makefield side of the Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge in 2019.
A new two-story, 16,120-square-foot operations building would house toll collection staff and security personnel.