SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit, which had formally announced that the Morris Avenue Bridge, spanning the Morris & Essex rail line, would close August 11 for a rehabilitation project, has been notified that the project has been pushed back a day-- due to impending inclement weather -- and will now close August 12.
 
The project, under the authority of New Jersey Transit with funding from the State Transportation Trust Fund, is expected to take 18 months from start to completion and will improve the bridge's structural integrity, increase load carrying capacity, and improve traffic, pedestrian and railroad safety.

While the work is taking place, Morris Avenue between Springfield Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard will be completely closed. Vehicle, pedestrian and NJ Transit route 70 bus detours have been established and Summit Police will closely monitor and periodically review detour routes while focusing on traffic calming and pedestrian safety.

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According to NJ Transit, the construction project will include reconstruction of the bridge abutments; replacement of the steel bridge superstructure and concrete bridge deck; widening of the bridge approaches to improve bridge geometry; construction and rehabilitation of the retaining walls, curbs, sidewalks and ADA ramps; installation of ornamental railings on the bridge and the retaining walls; relocation of the traffic signal pole and the cantilever arm in the Morris Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard intersection; and installation of new traffic signage and striping. 

Inquiries about the project may be made by calling NJ Transit Customer Service at 973.275.5555, or by visiting njtransit.com. Updates will also be available on the City of Summit website at cityofsummit.org.