NUTLEY, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced details about the replacement of the 122 year old bridge carrying Centre Street over the Third River in Nutley. During construction, set to begin this summer, both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted.   

“Replacing the Centre Street Bridge is a complex project because it’s located in the heart of Downtown Nutley and provides critical access through the township. Closing the road will be disruptive, but it will enable the work to progress more quickly than if the replacement was done in stages. We understand the hardship being placed on residents and businesses and believe this will minimize the impact,” DiVincenzo said. “Construction will not start until the summer, but we are publicizing the project now so residents and business owners can plan ahead,” he added.

Pedestrian traffic will be directed to a walking footbridge in Yanticaw Park. Motor vehicle will be rerouted via Joralemon St. and Vreeland Ave. 

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The posted detour around the Centre Street Bridge was developed in cooperation with the Nutley Police Department. The “local detour route” will take motor vehicles north along Franklin Avenue, turning onto Vreeland Avenue and then turning onto Passaic Avenue. The “truck detour route” is south along Franklin Avenue, turning onto Joralemon Street and then turning onto Union Avenue.

The Centre Street Bridge has been classified as “structurally deficient” and a weight limit of 15 tons was recently posted because of its deteriorating condition. The original single span brick arch with ashlar spandrel walls and abutments was built about 1896. Reinforced concrete wingalls were added to the structure in 1929 and the current concrete parapet and gabion wall were installed in 1965 after the north spandrel wall and parapet failed.

The new structure will be constructed of a precast concrete arch with precast concrete wingwalls that will be supported by cast-in-place concrete footings and pedestals. There will be two travel lanes – one in either direction – for motor vehicles and sidewalks for pedestrians. The dimensions will be virtually identical to the original structure: a clear span length of 42 feet, a roadway width of approximately 46 feet, and a total bridge width of 66 feet.  

To maintain the historic character and existing setting in Essex County Yanticaw Park and Nutley Booth Park, the concrete color for the new bridge was set by the NJ Historic Preservation Office. A stone formliner will be used to construct the arch spandrel walls and the parapet walls, the existing ornamental fence will be removed and reset, and an interpretive sign will be installed to inform residents and visitors of the history of the crossing and the Yanticaw-Booth Historic District.       

KS Engineers of Newark was awarded a professional services contract for $242,425 to design the project. Pillari Brothers Construction Corp. of Farmingdale, N.J., was awarded a publicly bid contract for $2,879,230 to perform the construction work. The Essex County Department of Public Works will monitor the project to ensure delays are avoided. The bridge replacement is being funded with a grant from the NJ Department of Transportation’s Local Bridges Future Needs Grant Program. It is scheduled to begin in June and be completed by December 2018.

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