BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Residents will have an opportunity to learn about a proposal to improve the Valley Road bridge between Bernards Township and neighboring Long Hill Township in Morris County at an information display set up at the same night as the next scheduled Bernards Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Such topics as possible detours and/or a road closure will be among the aspects of the project to be addressed, Township Engineer Tom Timko said at last week's special Township Committee meeting.

Members of a study team for the project will be available at the information session to answer questions, according to officials. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Somerset County and Morris County, in coordination with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), are conducting a study to determine appropriate improvements to the Valley Road Bridge, according to the Bernards Township website.

There will be an information table set-up about the project in the Bernards Township Municipal Building, at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15,  the website says. The official Township Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. that night.

The project team will provide information on the conceptual plan for the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) for this study, the website says.

Presentation of the PPA is the culmination of the Local Concept Development (LCD) study, which began in February 2018, according to officials. 

Further information is available through Brian W. Maurer, Principal Bridge Engineer for Somerset County, at 908-203-602; 

Comments also may be submitted online at

More information is also online.