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July 2006 - April 2009

All construction is now completed.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) began a $33 million reconstruction and rehabilitation of the I-280 Stickel Bridge (pdf 658 kb) over the Passaic River between Newark, East Newark and Harrison, in Essex and Hudson counties in July 2006. The work - from Milepost 14.46 east of Route 21 to Milepost 14.58 west of the Cleveland Avenue on-ramp to I-280 westbound - will be completed in April 2009. It is funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

The bridge deck was seriously deteriorated and will be replaced along with the mechanical and electrical equipment that operates the vertical lift span for navigation traffic. The eastbound and westbound decks will be reconstructed and all structural steel repainted.

william a. stickel memorial bridge photo
William A. Stickel
Memorial Bridge

While maintaining two travel lanes in each direction, traffic patterns will be altered during the five stages of this work. Detours (pdf 429 kb) are limited to a total of no more than 15 days over the entire duration of the contract. Local Police Traffic Directors will maintain the detoured traffic.

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Motorists are advised to read the variable message signs and to consider carpooling and public transportation alternatives. NJDOT provides real time travel information on its NJCommuter web site. Another online source is Trips123.

NJDOT will provide variable message signs (pdf 864 kb) to inform motorists on the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and I-80 and other regional corridors.

The construction was planned with Hyperbuild techniques and materials to reduce the time the public is inconvenienced and to realize cost savings that result in a safer and smoother roadway.

For this project, NJDOT utilized innovative construction methods which results in significant cost savings and increased the life expectancy of the bridge deck by replacing the existing cast-in-place concrete deck slab with a concrete-filled steel grid deck. This replacement method eliminates the long delay times awaiting the concrete to cure/harden and obtain the significant strength to allow traffic to ride on its surface.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files which is available at our state Adobe Acrobat Access page.

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  Last Updated:  April 23, 2009