FPA was retained by Camden County for a two-fold project involving the rehabilitation of the historic State Street Bridge over the Cooper River for use as a pedestrian bridge, and the design of an adjacent bridge to handle vehicular traffic. The rehabilitation component began with an in-depth inspection of the 2-span historic truss movable bridge, built in 1898. The scope of work includes replacement of the open steel grid deck with a glu-lam timber deck, repairs to the trusses, floorbeams and stringers, new railings on the cantilevered sidewalks, painting of the bridge, rehabilitation of the stone masonry substructures, and stabilization of the pile supported pier foundation. FPA simultaneously designed the new vehicular bridge, which crosses environmentally sensitive areas on both banks of the river including a former landfill and Green Acres property. The two span 160 foot bridge is designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and require minimal maintenance. Distinctive features include balustrade precast railings, recessed panels and cornices on the substructures.
Environmental permitting tasks included NJDEP Waterfront Development, Coastal Wetlands, and Freshwater Wetlands General Permits, Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard Permits, Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Certification, as well as Historic Preservation Office and Green Acres Approvals.