After nearly 88 years of brutal Sussex County weather – ranging from sweltering summer heat, to damp autumnal nights, to the freezing rains and snows of winter – the Cranberry Lake footbridge is currently in dire need of immediate repair and rehabilitation.
Save Our Bridge was formed in the Spring of 2018 as a 501(c)(3) corporation, with its mission to work in collaboration with state and local officials to identify resources and secure funding to be used specifically for the restoration and continued sustainability of the historic Cranberry Lake footbridge.
The footbridge is a link to Byram Township’s past heritage and traditions, and a testament to the rugged, rustic quality of life in Sussex County.
A 2016 engineering report from Genesis Engineering found that the bridge is in need of over $295,000 to fund immediate repairs, plus additional funds will be required to repair the bridge’s concrete piers. A routine maintenance plan will also need to be developed that would include – but not be limited to – annual tightening of the bridge’s suspension cables, safety inspections every three years with an engineer’s estimate of upcoming required repairs, and completion of recommended annual preventative maintenance items.
Once these items are completed, we would like to fund an endowment that over time will reach a minimum if $250,000, with sustainable income of 3.5% to fund future maintenance plans.
We also intend to see that the iconic structure, once repaired and restored, is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.