BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - An resident whose wife was involved in a car crash while trying to negotiate the detour associated the Springfield Avenue Bridge reconstruction asked council members to make the detour signs more easily understood.

The request, which came near the end of the Tuesday, Aug. 15 Council meeting, was met with understanding by council, administrative and members of the public, who indicated this was not the first accident they had heard about. County officials have been contacted about the problems, said Mayor Robert Woodruff and Township Administrator John Bussiculo.

On Wednesday, the following release from received from Union County:

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Law enforcement will be monitoring traffic in the area of the Springfield Avenue Bridge over Snyder Brook in Berkeley Heights over the next several weeks in order to ensure that motorists adhere to detour signs during reconstruction of the bridge.

Motorists, especially those using GIS systems, are urged to pay strict attention to the detour instructions given on the road signs. GIS systems may not include accurate, up to date information on the required detour routes.

The detour routes were selected to enable traffic to flow as smoothly as possible while protecting local neighborhoods from traffic hazards.

Unauthorized detours are subject to penalty.

Work on the bridge began in July, necessitating the closure of Springfield Avenue between Snyder Avenue and Kuntz Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

The bridge reconstruction is a Union County project. Division of Engineering personnel are on the site daily with the consulting engineer to report progress.

The work is on schedule and the bridge will be open to vehicular traffic on or about October 1.

Additional work on sidewalks and other elements of the bridge will continue through October and November and may result in adjustments to traffic patterns. Motorists should continue to be alert for road signs with travel instructions until the project is fully completed.

Full completion of the project is expected in December.

To view the authorized detour routes, and to get updates on other Union County road and bridge projects, visit the interactive map at ucnj.org/traffic.