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Morris County Freeholders and Essex County Executive Reopen Eagle Rock Avenue Bridge Ahead of Schedule

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Morris County Board of Freeholders and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Friday, September 4th that the Eagle Rock Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Passaic River and connects Morris and Essex counties, has been re-opened to traffic.

The bridge, which links East Hanover and Roseland, underwent a nearly four-month replacement project that was completed three weeks ahead of schedule.


Morris County Freeholder Dave Scapicchio wields ceremonial scissors used to cut the ribbon to formally reopen the Eagle Rock Avenue bridge, at the border of East Hanover and Roseland

The 161-foot bridge, which normally carries between 20,000 to 25,000 motor vehicles daily over the Passaic River, was closed to traffic on May 18th and had been due to re-open on September 18th. But motor vehicles started crossing again, with some restrictions, at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd.

The contractor put some finishing touches on the bridge and did some final work this week to get it ready for an earlier-than-expected opening, including metal bracket removal from the sides of the bridge, guide rail post attachments and turning on traffic signals.
Landscaping work will be finished up over the next few days.

Morris County Freeholder Dave Scapicchio

“This is part of Morris County’s continuing effort to expedite road and bridge improvements countywide, to ensure better and safer driving for our residents,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Dave Scapicchio, the county governing board’s liaison on road and bridge projects.

“We’d like to thank the contractor, Keith Konkus of Konkus Corporation, and everyone involved in this project from both counties for moving this project along quickly.’’


“Eagle Rock Avenue is a major thoroughfare and we are pleased to work with Morris County to modernize the bridge and complete the project three weeks ahead of schedule,” DiVincenzo said. “Providing the most up to date infrastructure enhances the safety of our roadways, our residents’ quality of life and promotes local economic activity,” he added.

“Mayor Panullo in East Hanover asked if we could get this bridge open as soon as possible, especially with school now in session and residents needing access across the bridge,’’ added Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo. “We’re glad to see this road opened again.’’ 

“I thank the people of East Hanover for their understanding throughout this project, and give a special thanks to the business owners along Eagle Rock Avenue who were very patient throughout construction,” said East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo.

“All of us have been inconvenienced by this project, however, public safety is always paramount. We needed to be sure of the safety of this span, which is truly a gateway into Morris County. Replacing this bridge was the responsible thing to do.”

“Eagle Rock Avenue provides an important link between our two communities and two counties and we are grateful that reconstruction of the bridge was completed ahead of schedule. We welcome the modern infrastructure and enhanced safety, and look forward to seeing our residents’ return to the regular routes they are used to traveling,” Roseland Mayor John Duthie said.

The shared construction cost between Essex and Morris County is $2.2 million. Morris County was the lead agency administering the project.

Due to advanced deterioration of the bridge superstructure, Morris County had requested that Konkus Corporation, the contractor for the project, provide an accelerated construction schedule that would require a complete bridge closure while work was done.

Konkus proposed a four-month schedule, and officials in East Hanover and Roseland, and Morris and Essex Counties agreed to allow a full bridge closure only with this accelerated time frame.

Motorists faced an approximately five-mile detour, utilizing Eisenhower Parkway, Route 280 and Ridgedale Avenue as alternate routes during construction.

Originally anticipated to be a twelve-month project in 2012, the project was postponed due to utility relocation work and the replacement of a bridge on Route 10.


PHOTO CAPTION:
(l/r) Front Row: Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo, Morris County Freeholder Dave Scapicchio (with scissors), East Hanover Mayor Joe Pannullo, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold, Roseland Councilman David Jacobs, and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura. Back Row (l/r): East Hanover Councilman Joe Peluso, Roseland Mayor John Duthie, East Hanover Administrator Joe Tempesta, and Essex County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese.

 


Freeholders Announce Kiel Avenue Bridge in Kinnelon has Reopened in Time for Start of School Year

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Replacement of the Kiel Avenue bridge in Kinnelon has been completed, and the bridge reopened today (Sept. 4) in time to handle school buses and other traffic for the start of the school year. 


Kiel Avenue bridge has reopened to traffic



















Some finishing touches on the project will be completed on the Morris County project over the next week but traffic to local schools will be able to get through on Kiel Avenue.  

The bridge is vital to allowing easy access to two borough schools, the Kiel School and the Pearl R. Miller School, plus a local firehouse. During construction, the road was totally closed between Ricker Road and Louis Lane, requiring a detour to access the schools or firehouse.

Dave Scapicchio
“We are very glad this work was done quickly, to get the road open in time for the school year and avoid inconvenience for school buses and parents driving their kids to and from school,’’ said Morris County Freeholder David Scapicchio, who is the county governing board’s liaison on road and bridge projects. “Now we have a new bridge, which should serve this area for decades to come.’’


“We have been extremely pleased with the contractors, Ron Jon Construction and Roc John, who completed the project on time with minimal disruption,’’ said Kinnelon Mayor Bob Collins. The finished bridge will be not only functional for many years to come but also attractive with rock facing that fits the character of the town”

Kiel Avenue runs over a tributary to the Pequannock River. The Kiel Avenue bridge – officially known as Morris County Bridge Number 1400-190 -- was closed on July 7, when replacement work began. The replacement was needed because the existing bridge had deteriorated beyond repair.

The work, done by contractor Ron-Jon, consisted of the removal of the old ten-foot-long steel bridge and construction of a new three-sided, precast concrete culvert on a concrete foundation. Additional construction included adding stone-faced retaining walls and pylons, and an open 4-bar bridge railing. 

The new bridge is 12-feet feet long, and 28-feet wide. The average daily traffic volume on this road is under 500 vehicles. It is estimated that 3-percent of those vehicles are trucks. However, the replacement of the tiny bridge was especially important to the school district.

The construction cost is $343,810. The contractor still has finishing work to complete, such as landscaping, stone facing, traffic striping and slope stabilization before the bridge work is fully done.


NJ DOT Suspends Road Construction Projects Over Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


The New Jersey Department of Transportation today announced that construction projects on roads and bridges will be suspended in Morris County and statewide over the Labor Day weekend to help minimize congestion and help traffic flow as smoothly as possible.

All construction on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Friday, September 4, until noon Tuesday, September 8.


State DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox also is urging motorists to make it a safe holiday weekend by observing speed limits and other rules of the road, and by ensuring that every vehicle occupant uses a seat belt.
 

Real-Time Traffic Information for Labor Day Weekend Travelers:

DOT offers motorists real-time travel information in multiple formats to help them make informed decisions, save time and fuel costs, and avoid congestion.  Motorists can get the latest traffic information by calling 511 to reach DOT’s interactive telephone line, by going to www.511nj.org, or subscribing to any of 18 highway-specific Twitter accounts through 511nj.

These new Twitter accounts provide real-time traffic updates for major highways in New Jersey and can help followers adjust travel plans based on current traffic conditions. The 511nj Twitter accounts are one-way automated information feeds from New Jersey’s 511 service and are not consistently monitored by NJDOT or its partner agencies.

Motorists are encouraged to check for real-time traffic information before leaving and to follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info for NJDOT news.













NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway motorists can obtain real-time information and video images of traffic on those roads at www.state.nj.us/turnpike 

In addition, motorists may download SafeTripNJ, a free smartphone app that provides hands-free, eyes-free traffic information. Launch the hands-free app before you put your car in drive.
The app uses the phone's internal GPS to locate your position and direction of travel. SafeTripNJ will sense when you are approaching a reported roadway condition and will start talking with streaming audio, telling you about active advisories that are ahead.

Safety Service Patrol for Labor Day Weekend

DOT’s Safety Service Patrol (SSP), which patrols 225 miles of interstate and state highways throughout New Jersey, also will be working through the holiday weekend to help keep traffic flowing smoothly.
 
The SSP assists motorists whose vehicles have become disabled as a result of a crash, a mechanical failure or other cause, and provide safety for emergency responders.

SSP is a year-round service that provides assistance such as changing a flat tire, pushing a disabled vehicle off to the shoulder, pulling a vehicle trapped in mud or snow back onto the road, providing a small amount of gasoline and making minor repairs. The service is provided free of charge.


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