Route 206 Bypass, Contract B
First conceived in the 1970s, the new 3.8-mile limited access bypass has improved safety, capacity and reliability while also setting the stage for transformation of Hillsborough’s business district. Finished under two contracts, the project included two single-span crossings of an active railroad—a 230-ft-long bridge with a 61-degree skew and a 176-ft-long bridge with a 16-degree skew.
Early design-phase consultation with steel fabricators prevented disruption during construction. Bridges span the railroad right-of-way, allowing for future tracks to accommodate expanded freight and passenger service. Because the bypass alignment crosses environmentally valuable land, large farmland tracts were preserved to meet community initiatives. In addition to developing a reforestation plan to offset removal of 47 acres of trees, soil sampling of properties in the construction corridor assessed potential residual contamination.
The project’s utility relocations included a major underground fiber-optic trunk line, a 30-in. water distribution main, four transcontinental gas pipelines and a sanitary sewer pipe system as well as advance installation of new 69-kV electric transmission lines.
Routing traffic around Hillsborough has significantly eased central business district congestion. The bypass also provides convenient access to a planned passenger rail station within walking distance of a proposed town center. The $42.2-million project was completed at budget and ahead of schedule in 41 months.
George Worth - NJDOT Project Manager
George Worth is a Project Manager for the New Jersey Department of Transportation with over 35 years of civil engineering experience. He has managed large and complex transportation capital projects from the conceptual design phase through the construction phase and has overseen the development of regionally significant projects such as the Route US 206 Bypass in Somerset County, the Route I-80 & 15 Interchange in Morris County and the Route I-80 Parsippany-Troy Hills Roadway Improvements in Morris County. Mr. Worth holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University. In addition to being a Professional Engineer, he is a New Jersey Certified Public Manager, PMI Project Management Professional, and a New Jersey Professional Planner.
David Hicks, PE, Senior Project Manager - Dewberry
David Hicks, PE is a Senior Project Manager in the structures group at Dewberry Engineers Inc. with over 38 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. Mr. Hicks has extensive bridge engineering experience and is responsible for managing the delivery of complex structural led projects encompassing new and replacement bridges, bridge widenings, and bridge rehabilitation. He serves as a technical resource and quality assurance capacity with his expertise in bridge inspection, bridge repairs/rehabilitation, bridge reconstruction/widening, and the design of new structures from Concept Design through Final Design and Construction Support Services. His structural design experience includes horizontally curved and severely skewed steel structures, phased construction, and the use of ABC technologies. He is a professional engineer in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
David Hill, PE, Senior Associate, Senior Project Engineer - Dewberry
David Hill, PE is a Senior Project Manager in the transportation group at Dewberry Engineers Inc. with over 26 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. Mr. Hill has extensive transportation design experience specializing in highway design and complex interchanges. He has managed multidisciplinary teams for the preparation of studies, evaluations, and contract documents for highway/roadway/bridge related projects. He is a professional engineer in New Jersey, New York Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
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