FAIR LAWN, NJ - The County will be replacing the Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge over the Passaic River in Paterson, the Office of Emergency Management announced on March 3.

The new bridge will include sidewalk on the upstream side of the bridge, two full travel lanes, widening at the intersection of Route 20 to improve truck access, traffic signal improvements on Fair Lawn Avenue and localized drainage improvements. The project is funded by a federal grant. 

The bridge will be closed on or about March 4 until further notice.

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Traffic will be detoured for the duration of the construction project. 

The construction schedule is weather permitting and is subject to change.

According to historicbridges.org, which relied on New Jersey's Historic Bridge Inventory, "the 2-span pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge supported on concrete abutments and a cutwater pier is a well-preserved example of its type. Aside from impact damage and the 1925 and mid-1960s replacement of the sidewalk brackets and stringers, the span is largely unaltered. The original lattice railings survive.

"The undocumented bridge was built after the disastrous 1903 flood that claimed most of the bridges in the Paterson area. It is one of 3 significant thru truss bridges in the county.

"The bridge carries two lanes over the Passaic River at the boundary between Bergen and Passaic counties at a T intersection," which connects Fair Lawn Avenue with McLean Boulevard. "The Passaic County side is adjacent to a late-19th century industrial plant now used for chemical production while the Bergen County side is dominated by early-20th century detached homes in the suburban community of Fair Lawn."