July 18 2011
The near-80-year-old Wittpenn Bridge is slated for complete reconstruction over the next six years, and The Conti Group will set the foundation. Conti Enterprises announced its win of the Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge Reconstruction Project, Contract 1 – River Piers & Pier Protection System, which was awarded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The work will include the construction of drilled shafts, concrete piers, and pier protection for the river portion of the new bridge
Rather than employing the conventional method of installing a sheetpile coffer dam to expose the river bottom for in the dry construction, Conti plans to install a concrete precast cofferdam in the wet; a technique that will save time and money for NJDOT throughout the project. Conti’s work will reinforce the foundational support for a bridge that, once completely reconstructed, will have far-reaching benefits for New Jersey and New York transportation. According to NJDOT, the Wittpenn Bridge renovations will “strengthen access to and between the Newark-Elizabeth Air/Seaport Complex, intermodal rail facilities, trucking and warehousing/transfer facilities, and the regional surface transportation system.”
Conti has a rich history of infrastructure and road construction throughout North America, as well as a strong relationship with NJDOT from past projects, most recently the award winning State Route 18 Rehabilitation project. During the Wittpenn Bridge reconstruction, the Conti Group will continue to build that relationship along with important American transportation channels.