J Fletcher Creamer & Son and Joseph M. Sanzari join forces on The Old Tappan Bridge

In the heart of Bergen County, the joint venture between J Fletcher Creamer & Son and Joseph M. Sanzari recently completed the replacement of the aging Old Tappan Road Bridge that transverses the Hackensack River and connects River Vale and Old Tappan.

The existing bridge was demolished to make way for a 27-inch thick prestressed concrete spread box beam single span superstructure. This design, supported by cast-in-place reinforced concrete abutments founded on deep H-pile foundations, ensures the bridge’s strength and durability.

The Old Tappan Road bridge replacement was necessary to bring the span into compliance with NJDOT’s design standards. During construction the project team determined conditions in the field meant some design modifications would be needed.

The Creamer/Sanzari team worked seamlessly with their partners at the Bergen County Public Works Department to change the planned three sided cantilever to four to address construction needs. Despite delays caused by the flooding of the Hackensack River the job was completed and the road was reopened to traffic on August 31, 2023.