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The construction on this project has been completed.

In July 2010, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) awarded a $148 million construction project to replace the Route 3 moveable bridge over the Passaic River, with a fixed bridge, and construct full shoulders, acceleration and deceleration lanes, and noise barriers between Main Avenue in Clifton, Passaic County and the Route 17 Interchange in Lyndhurst and Rutherford, Bergen County. The work will be done in stages in order to minimize construction impacts on the community and expedite construction.

Under prior contracts, the Park Avenue Overpass in Rutherford has been replaced, and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners' existing nine foot high sewer, which passes under Route 3 in Clifton, has been rehabilitated.

NJDOT commenced the Final Design phase of the Route 3 Passaic River Crossing Project in February 2006. Meetings were held with the communities of Clifton, Lyndhurst and Rutherford since 2001. Valuable input and concerns were received, particularly about aesthetics and quality-of-life concerns, such as noise wall heights and designs and the mitigation of lost vegetation. Each of the communities adopted resolutions in support of the installations of noise walls, the design of which is being fine-tuned by NJDOT.

As a result of budgetary constraints, NJDOT "smart sized" the project, which involved significant revisions to the project's scope, schedule, construction costs and project configuration. The goal of the smart solution approach was to reduce costs while fulfilling the project needs. The project was broken into one main project with other components:

  • Route 3 over the Passaic River (the main project) from Main Avenue in Clifton to the Route 21 ramps will be constructed in three stages to address the south side of Route 3 (eastbound) and the north side of Route 3 (westbound). This project was advertised for bids during Winter 2010.
  • Park Avenue Bridge Replacement over Route 3 was completed as a separate contract, which included the construction of intelligent transportation devices along Route 3 for improved traffic control.
  • Kingsland Avenue properties in Clifton have been acquired and a demolition contract has been completed.
  • Passaic River Bridge will be a fixed bridge with a 30' vertical clearance over the Passaic River and 16' 6" over Riverside Avenue. For safety reasons, interim repairs were made from August 2007 through February 2008 to the open steel grating deck.
  • Orient Way and Ridge Road Bridges replacements have been deferred. Shoulders will be widened and noise walls built in anticipation of future replacements of these bridges.
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