BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Union County announced the reopening of the Mountain Avenue bridge, originally planned for August 20, 2019, has been delayed due to unforeseen utility conflicts. The announcement said, "The best estimate for the Mounain Avenue Bridge to be reopened to traffic is on or about October 11, 2019."
PSE&G and New Jersey American Water Company have both mobilized on site and are in the process of relocating existing utilities. Upon completion of the water main and gas main utility relocations, the bridge work will take approximately 50 days to finish.
“While we are disappointed that the Mountain Avenue Bridge won’t be completed next week as originally anticipated, the underground utility problems the workers discovered need to be effectively remediated for the benefit of our residents," said Mayor Angie Devanney.
"Our police department is working with the Board of Education to adjust fall bus routes affected by the construction. Meanwhile, we are in contact with the County to get regular updates on the progress being made. As with any infrastructure work being done in town, we understand these activities can pose temporary inconveniences to our residents. We apologize for this and ask for patience as we continue to make improvements to our town, “ said Mayor Devanney.
Mountain Avenue from Plainfield Avenue to Hillcrest Road, has been closed to all thru traffic in the area of work to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike.
“The police department will continue to monitor and address any traffic issues associated with the Mountain Avenue road closure. We encourage drivers to leave enough time to navigate the detour and to drive safely, especially when the school year begins,” said Police Chief John DiPasquale
Should you have any traffic questions, please call the contractor directly at (201) 440-1118 during normal business hours. If any emergencies should arise, please contact your municipal Police Department.
This work is being performed by Union County. Regular updates for the various phases of construction and their impact on traffic along this stretch of Mountain Avenue will be posted on the County of Union Bureau of Traffic Safety & Maintenance website if and when they become available.