Route 202 bridge reopened to traffic
over the Passaic River
NJDOT and construction contractor replaced the bridge
in one week
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced that the fully reconstructed Route 202 bridge over the Passaic River, connecting Bernards (Somerset County) and Harding (Morris County) townships, has been opened to all users as of 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 265.
NJDOT’s contractor, Joseph Sanzari, Inc., has demolished the old structurally deficient bridge and fully replaced it with a new pre-cast concrete bridge in one week’s time. The use of pre-cast concrete bridge components significantly shortened the construction schedule and helps minimize the overall impact to traffic and the local business community.
This week-long closure was originally scheduled to take place this fall. However, through the combined efforts and coordination of NJDOT, Sanzari Inc., and the local officials the closure was moved up before local schools begin classes.
The $3 million federally-funded project began construction activity in March including survey work, utility relocation and bridge abutment repair. NJDOT will also upgrade the existing guide rail and resurface the bridge approaches between N. Maple Avenue/Childs Drive (CR 613) and Shale Brook Drive. The original bridge was built in 1924. Approximately 10,000 vehicles use this bridge every day to cross the Passaic River.
Outside of this week-long closure, NJDOT has maintained all travel lanes on the bridge daily between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. during the preceding construction.
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.