Heads up. The Mercer County Department of Transportation will begin work today (Tuesday, August 20th) to replace the bridge over the Woolsey Brook on Washington Crossing Pennington Road in Hopewell Township, according to Planet Princeton.

This means a potential traffic headache if you commute in that area. Obviously, the bridge will be completely closed to all traffic during construction. Planet Princeton says, "Westbound motorists on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road will be directed to use Scotch Road, Interstate 295 and Route 29. Eastbound motorists will be directed to use Route 29, Interstate 295 and Scotch Road. Detour signs will also be posted for local traffic on Jacobs Creek Road and Bear Tavern Road, and access for residents will be provided up to the bridge." Yikes. You'll need that extra cup of coffee before heading that way.

It sounds like the new bridge will be wider than the old one, with bicycle lanes and a sidewalk. Also, a new traffic light is being installed.

The work will take about 3 months, of course it could be longer if the weather doesn't cooperate. Cross your fingers all goes as planned.