LIVINGSTON, NJ — A Fairfield man was identified as the driver in a major motor vehicle accident involving a Mack dump truck near the Livingston Mall at approximately 5:05 a.m. on Tuesday that caused road closures in the area of South Orange Avenue and Eisenhower Parkway until late Wednesday afternoon.

According to Livingston police, the driver failed to lower the dump portion of the truck before moving the vehicle. The raised dump bed came in contact with overhead wires, causing a cascade effect that damaged three utility poles and two traffic lights. 

Police noted that South Orange Avenue would be closed overnight on Wednesday for paving, but would be open for rush-hour on Thursday morning. There is no information at this time regarding injuries sustained in the accident. 

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The truck, owned by Smith Sondy Asphalt Construction Co. of Wallington and being operated by a Fairfield resident, was part of the overnight repaving project of South Orange Avenue from Walnut Street to the Morris County line in Livingston.

This area was included as part of Essex County’s Roadway Resurfacing Program for 2019, an annual paving contract that is part of the DiVincenzo Administration’s initiative to enhance safety on the roads and the quality of life by modernizing infrastructure. Paving will also occur on Laurel Avenue from Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange to Shrewsbury Drive in Livingston.

“Essex residents and motorists rely on our intricate network of roads to get to work, go to school and carry out their daily errands,” said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. “My administration is committed to making sure our infrastructure is in the most modern condition so that our daily lives are not interrupted.

"We apologize for any inconvenience the construction may cause, but the end result will improve our quality of life by making it easier and safer to travel through Essex County.”

Smith Sondy Asphalt Construction Co. was awarded a publicly bid contract for about $9 million perform the construction work, which is being supervised by the Essex County Department of Public Works. The resurfacing is being funded with a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The project includes milling the old surface off the road, repairing broken curbing, improving handicapped ramps and crosswalk areas at intersections, laying new pavement and painting striping on the new surface.

A list of all county roads included in the project is below: 

  • Old Short Hills Road from Northfield Avenue in Livingston to Parsonage Hill Road in Millburn
  • Watchung Avenue from Upper Mountain Avenue in Montclair to East Passaic Avenue in Bloomfield
  • Parsonage Hill Road from White Oak Ridge Road to Old Short Hills Road in Millburn
  • Broad Street from Bellevue Avenue to the Passaic County line, Bloomfield
  • Two Bridges Road from Route 46 to the Morris County line, Fairfield
  • Bloomfield Avenue from Passaic Avenue to the Morris County line, West Caldwell
  • Scotland Road from South Orange Avenue to Randolph Place, South Orange
  • South Orange Avenue from Walnut Street to the Morris County line, Livingston
  • Springfield Avenue from South 20th Street to West Market Street, Newark
  • Plymouth Street from Horseneck Road to Route 46, Fairfield
  • River Road from East White Terrace to Park Avenue, Nutley
  • Park Avenue from Washington Avenue to River Road, Nutley
  • Laurel Avenue from Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange to Shrewsbury in Livingston
  • Bradford Avenue from Grove Avenue to Woodstone Avenue in Cedar Grove