About The Project

The Martin Luther King Avenue Bridge (Structure No. 1400-118) crosses over the Whippany River within the Town of Morristown in Morris County.  The 66’ long Martin Luther King Avenue Bridge provides an important transportation connection for residents and commuters in the Town of Morristown, serving as a route across the Whippany River. The bridge is in need of a major rehabilitation or a full replacement at this time.

The Local Concept Development (LCD) process will develop a Purpose and Need Statement, which will be used to evaluate conceptual alternatives. The range of alternatives to be studied, will include:

  • A “no-build” or “do nothing” alternative

  • Major rehabilitation of the bridge

  • Bridge replacement

As the bridge serves many varied interests, the LCD Study process is designed to enable full public participation. Future plans for the Martin Luther King Avenue Bridge will be presented to the public so that the community’s voices are heard.

During the LCD Study, the Project Team will coordinate with representatives from the NJDOT, Federal Highway Administration, Morris County, Town of Morristown and other stakeholders

What are the Components of a LCD Study?

Public Outreach: The Project Team will prepare a Public Involvement Action Plan (PIAP) to outline the public participation process during the Study. Public Outreach, an important component of a LCD study, helps guide the planning process by facilitating public input.

Existing Conditions: The Project Team will gather data from the Martin Luther King Avenue Bridge area including traffic conditions, crash data, local demographics, and environmental information to inform the LCD Study, in order to inform future recommendations.

Developing the Purpose and Need Statement: The Project Team will prepare a statement that explains the project’s purpose, need, and goals and objectives. This statement will define the problem that needs to be addressed and describe other issues that need to be considered as part of the overall solution.

Alternatives Analysis: The Project Team will consider possible conceptual alternatives to meet the Purpose and Need and Goals and Objectives. Engineers will provide technical information for each alternative. The range of options as possible conceptual alternatives will include a “no-build” alternative, major rehabilitation, and replacement.  Local officials, community stakeholders, and the public will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of conceptual alternatives.

Final Recommendation: Once the conceptual alternatives have been identified, the Project Team will incorporate data collected from public outreach, existing conditions, environmental screening, constructability, estimated costs and create an alternatives analysis matrix to recommend a preliminary preferred option, called a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA).

The Team will develop a conceptual plan for the PPA as part of the final Concept Development Report. Once a Preliminary Preferred Alternative is recommended with resolution of support by the municipalities and the County, and with concurrence from the Inter-Agency Review Committee (IRC), the project would move to the Local Preliminary Engineering phase.

More information on the LCD process is available here.