East Hanover, NJ – Melanie Lane in East Hanover, which has been closed as a through road since 2012 due to a bridge replacement project, has now re-opened, with the completion of the bridge work. A ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by the Morris County Freeholders and several county and township officials, recently marked the occasion.
Freeholder John Cesaro commended the State, Morris County and East Hanover for their joint efforts to get the $2.2 million project funded and the work completed to replace the 21-foot-wide bridge that spans the Whippany River.
“Thanks to the funds provided to Morris County from the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s “Local Bridges, Future Needs” funding program, the freeholders were able to allocate $1 million to East Hanover for the $2.2 million needed to replace the old bridge,” said Cesaro. “This made facilitation of the project a reality and allowed it to be expedited as quickly as reasonably possible.”
The Melanie Lane Bridge is a small, yet major conduit located between Ridgedale Avenue and Algonquin Parkway, and is heavily traveled for commercial and commuter purposes and school transportation. It is a key connector route between East Hanover and neighboring Hanover Township. The former bridge was a temporary span built in 1968.
Morris County plans to continue to support the project by taking ownership of the bridge and assume responsibility for all future maintenance.