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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Judith Drucker
RELEASE: February 08, 2019

Bloomfield Avenue overnight lane closures required for bridge rehabilitation project in Essex County

Preliminary work required prior to bridge demolition

(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the closure of the eastbound lanes on Bloomfield Avenue between Maple and Highland Avenues as the Bloomfield Avenue/CR 506 Bridge over NJ TRANSIT rehabilitation project in Montclair and Glen Ridge advances.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, February 8, until 5 a.m., the next day, Saturday, February 9, NJDOT’s contractor IEW Construction Group Inc., is scheduled to close the two eastbound lanes on Bloomfield Avenue, between Maple and Highland Avenues, for preliminary work required prior to the bridge demolition. Bloomfield Avenue westbound will remain open with alternating traffic. One lane in the westbound direction was closed in the fall.

The $11.7 million state-funded Bloomfield Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project will replace the bridge superstructure, which is in poor condition, located on Bloomfield Avenue/CR506 over NJ TRANSIT’s Montclair Rail Line near Maple Avenue. It will make necessary repairs to the substructure, including repairs to the existing wing walls. In addition, the bridge parapets and approach slabs will be repaired or replaced as needed. The four-lane bridge consists of two lanes and a pedestrian sidewalk in each direction. Construction on the bridge is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

The project will be advanced in stages, in order to minimize impacts to motorists. As construction advances, a temporary shuttle will be provided to accommodate pedestrians during necessary sidewalk closures on the bridge.

The Department will coordinate with NJ TRANSIT and local authorities in advance of any required closures resulting from the construction project.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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  Last Updated:  February 8, 2019