Bridge E809 Lyman Street over the Raritan River
The existing bridge crossed the river from River Road in Hillsborough to Nevius Street in Raritan. The Nevius Street bridge was in poor condition and unable to carry vehicular traffic of more than three tons. It was also only one lane wide. It was decided to construct a new bridge, relocating part of River road and connecting at Lyman Street, one block to the west. The Nevius Street bridge was rehabilitated and converted to a pedestrian bridge.
The new bridge is of standard steel stringer construction with a reinforced concrete deck. Architectural features include arched fascia beams with a textured concrete cover; precast concrete railings, decorative lighting; and stone veneer facing on the abutments and pier.
Since the area on the Raritan side is a park, and the new roadway went through it, a pedestrian underpass was included. It is constructed of a precast box culvert and brick pavers.
The bridge received an Honorable Mention from the New Jersey chapter of the American Concrete Institute for the use of concrete in structiures. In February, 2005, it was renamed the John Basilone Memorial Bridge in memory of Congressional Medal of Honor winner Marine Sgt John Basilone, who had been a resident of Raritan Township.
Designer: Keller & Kirkpatrick
Contractor: Ferreira Construction Co.