HILLSIDE, NJ - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the permanent closure of Yale Avenue just west of Bloy Street in Hillside, Union County, as the Bloy Street Bridge over Route 22 replacement project begins.

Beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 27, NJDOT's contractor, RenCor Inc., is scheduled to close Yale Avenue just west of Bloy Street to remove a concrete island. There will be no entrance or exit from Yale Avenue to Bloy Street for the remainder of this project. Later in the project, Yale Avenue will be replaced with a cul-de-sac to eliminate the current five-point intersection movement at Bloy Street.

The project consists of 4 stages and will replace the Bloy Street Bridge over Route 22, which is in poor condition, and improving turning movements at Route 22. The new bridge will meet current design and safety standards and improve the vertical under clearance over Route 22. The project also will widen the Route 22 eastbound and westbound lanes to and from Bloy Street as well as provide sidewalks and improve curb ramps to meet ADA standards.

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Variable messaging signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. NJDOT will provide more information before any lane closures are scheduled.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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