The Middle Road Bridge in Hammonton was expected to reopen Friday night, after being closed for almost two years.

It was one of 12 county structures that suffered significant damage from flooding during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

JPC Group Inc. of Blackwood, Camden County, performed the work at a cost of $425,000. It was the lowest of six bids received, ranging in price from $425,000 to $683,140.80, county spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said when the work was about to begin in May.

County Executive Dennis Levinson had called the bridge closing a terrible inconvenience to farmers trying to get their blueberries to market last season. The repairs were completed just in time for this year’s Hammonton blueberry crop, which began to hit store shelves this week.

A county spokesperson said the asphalt had to cool Friday before striping could be done, but the bridge was expected to be open by about 8 p.m. Friday evening.

“I am pleased to report that this construction will be completed on time and on budget,” Levinson said in a written statement Friday. “Considering this has been the wettest June since 1958, it is noteworthy that we have met our deadline without further inconvenience to our residents.”

The bridge is in the rural northern section of town, near the municipal airport.

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