Century-Kleinfelder Awarded $750K Contract for Delware Memorial Bridge Collision System Construction Observation
Century-Kleinfelder is proud to have been awarded a contract to provide construction observation and administration services for safety upgrades at the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) operates the bridge, which serves as a vital connection between Delaware and New Jersey. Originally opened to traffic in 1951, the bridge sees more than 100,000 vehicles cross the eight lanes each day. Due to the age of the bridge, the current tower pier protection systems do not account for today’s larger, faster ships. The new bridge ship collision protection system project consists of the installation of eight solid-fill dolphin cells, each measuring 80 feet in diameter. Four cells will be installed at the piers supporting both eastern and western towers and will be located a minimum of 443 feet from the edge of the Delaware River’s 800-foot-wide channel.
Century-Kleinfelder was selected to provide construction observation and administration services for the project over the 28-month period of construction. This will include on-site observation personnel and daily reports. Century’s staff will take daily boat transportation to the construction area to monitor construction activities, plan implementation, and quantities. Century will assist in facilitating between the contractor, DRBA, and the engineer of record. This task was awarded as part of an on-call engineering contract. The total cost of the project is $93 million, and it is expected to be completed by September 2025. The overall cost is partially funded through a US Department of Transportation BUILD Grant, which is providing $22.25 million.
“Projects that keep our neighbors safe and infrastructure sound are incredibly important. We are proud to be part of the ship collision system upgrade project with DRBA that will provide new safety measures affecting more than 100,000 people each day!”
– Sonia Marichic-Goudy, PE, Program Manager, Newark