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Status Update Meeting

In January 2004, this project moved into the next phase of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) "pipeline" process. Through this process, potential capital transportation improvements are analyzed and are "fleshed out" with more detailed information. Public involvement plays an important role throughout the process. The current phase for the Route 3 at Passaic River Crossing project is the Preliminary Design Phase.

A number of activities have been undertaken and will continue during the Preliminary Design Phase. These are described below:


  • Interested parties have been contacted for their comments on the history and importance of the Route 3 Bridge over the Passaic River. Meetings with the State Historic Preservation Office will be held in accordance with the Project Memorandum of Agreement.
  • Discussions with various utility companies are being held.
  • A meeting of the Community Liaison Committee is being scheduled for early June 2004.
  • A Public Information Center will be scheduled for October 2004.
Ground Studies
In order to determine the types of footings that eventually will be needed for structures, a subsurface ground exploration is necessary. This work has begun with ground borings within the project limits.

Updating Civil Engineering Surveys
Existing surveys of field conditions are being updated. This includes adding the new AT&T cell tower within the Route 21 interchange onto the drawings and verifying the Passaic River bottom depths.

New Water Quality/Storm Water Management Regulations
Procedures are being developed for implementing new Water Quality and Storm Water Management regulations issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Noise Barriers
New concepts for noise barriers are being reviewed.

Other Design
Road geometry, lighting, drainage, structure, and traffic maintenance designs are progressing.

Focus Meeting

A Focus Meeting for the Route 3 at Passaic River Crossing Project was held in Rutherford on November 8, 2001.

The Purpose of the Meeting was to address the public's chief concerns, as determined by a review of the comments and questionnaires from the September, 2001 Public Information Center. Information was presented on the Project Web Site, Hot Line, proposed Newsletter, and other Community Outreach aspects of the Project.

The Meeting was divided into issue groups for Local Traffic, Property Acquisitions (the Kingsland Avenue neighborhood in Clifton), Noise Mitigation, and how suggestions presented by the Public during the Feasibility Assessment Phase of the Project were evaluated for incorporation in the Initially Preferred Alternative for the Project.

Invitations were sent to attendees of the September 19 Meeting and to additional Rutherford residents who might be affected by potential traffic mitigation measures in the Preble Place/ Stuyvesant Avenue area. Approximately 60 members of the public attended the meeting, together with Local Officials. At the end of the presentation, attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions on the environmental presentation or other issues, and were asked to fill out questionnaires, in order to document their concerns.

Partnering Session

A Partnering Session for the Route 3 at Passaic River Crossing Project was held on June 7-8, 2001 in Lyndhurst, NJ.

Representatives of local municipalities, Bergen and Passaic Counties, NJ TRANSIT, U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, local agencies and commissions, utility companies and cable companies, met with NJDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Design Team.

The purpose of the meeting was to advise everyone of the status and schedule of the project, and to foster a sense of cooperation in understanding and meeting each others' goals and needs for completion of a successful project.
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