New Jersey Department of Transportation officials announced a project Friday that will replace the Route 50 drawbridge connecting Upper Township in Cape May County and Corbin City in Atlantic County.

NJDOT contractor South State, Inc. is scheduled to begin preliminary construction activites next week. Initial construction will commence at the intersection of Route 49 and Weatherby road in Woodbine and will shift to the Tuckahoe River bridge later this fall. Both travel lanes will be maintained at all times.

The bridge, built in 1926 and reconstructed in the 1960s, was determined to be structurally deficient, the DOT said in a release.

The $11.7 million federally-funded project will see the current bridge replaced by a low-level fixed-span structure. The roadway approaches on either side between New Jersey Avenue in Upper Township and Main Street in Corbin City will be reconstructed.

The highway near the bridge will also be reconstructed and widened.

Braden Campbell

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.