BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Residents in the area around the Pilch Street Bridge over the Garden State Parkway will have to find a new place to watch the July 3 fireworks at Brookdale Park as the bridge will close for repairs starting Monday June 25. 

 Extensive improvements to the Pilch Street Pedestrian Bridge over the Garden State Parkway near exit 151 will start next week. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of August.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority recently awarded a contract to Hackensack-based construction company Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. to perform bridge deck repairs and resurfacing along the Garden State Parkway. One of the locations selected for repairs is the Pedestrian Bridge at Pilch St., between E. Passaic Ave. and Broughton Ave., just south of exit 151.   

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“This repair work is being completely paid for by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which has assured us no work will be done on local roadways near this site, so this shouldn’t cause Bloomfield residents to experience any motor-vehicle traffic,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Our Township Engineer Paul Lasek, has been in touch with the Turnpike Authority and the contractors, to ensure work is done on schedule, and minimizes any inconvenience to residents.”

“This upcoming reconstruction will involve removing and replacing the concrete deck and steel reinforcements, and repainting the bridge itself. These repairs are being handled by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which identified this site as in need of improvement,” said Lasek. “Pedestrians who use this bridge will need to plan an alternate route during these repairs, which we expect to be completed by the end of August.”

Residents with any questions about the upcoming repairs are encouraged to call the Bloomfield Engineering Department at 973-680-4009.