NUTLEY, NJ - In the weeks leading up to the replacement of the century-old Centre St. Bridge, the Township of Nutley imposed weight restrictions on bridges across the Third River. The bridge was formally closed this week.
On June 7, an ordinance “Weight Restrictions” was introduced by Commissioner Alphonse Petracco. Centre St, a county road, is a major route for trucks serving and traveling through the township. The other bridges over the Third River in town, were not designed to handle the weight and volume of these vehicles. The bridges affected by the ordinance include Chestnut St. Vreeland Ave, and Harrison St.
The ordinance added a four ton weight limit on Chestnut Street from Franklin Avenue to Passaic Avenue; Vreeland Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Passaic Avenue; Evelyn Place from Park Drive to Passaic Avenue; and Harrison Street from Franklin Avenue to Passaic Avenue.
The Department of Public of Works has placed signs stating “No Trucks Over 4 Tons” and “No Left/Right Turns for Trucks Over 4 Tons” throughout the township.
Traffic delays are expected, especially in the first few weeks of the change in traffic patterns. Construction on the Centre St. bridge is expected to be completed in December.