Over the years, the narrow Ivy Avenue bridge caused its share of traffic concerns for the Borough of Haworth. When two vehicles would enter the bridge from either side one driver would have to back off the bridge and let the other pass. Additionally, the bridge could not support fire equipment that needed direct access to the adjoining neighborhood and a nearby water treatment plant.
When Haworth started making plans to replace the bridge, neighborhood residents were not pleased at the prospect of a two-lane structure, fearing the wider bridge would increase neighborhood traffic. After several years of negotiations, Mayor John DeRienzo and the city council decided the new structure, though 18 feet wide, would only be a single lane.
TranSystems had worked with Contech in the past and put out the plans for this project to Contech and other competitors. The general contractor, Colonnelli Brothers Inc., was given the option to choose from several proprietary prefabricated bridges that met TranSystems design specifications and ultimately chose a Contech vehicular truss bridge.
”In the past, all of the roads north and south of the bridge ran across the tracks and if the train was stalled, emergency vehicles did not have a means to get across,” stated Conlon. “Now that the new Ivy Avenue Bridge is up to standards at H-20 loading, fire engines, police and others can always access the other side.”