FAIRFIELD, NJ – Fairfield officials are reminding area residents that New Dutch Lane Bridge in Fairfield will be closed starting on Tuesday, July 23 and will be closed for at least five months.

Traffic will be detoured around the area for the duration of the work period via Passaic Avenue and Fairfield Road. Access to Kaplan Drive, Eldridge Road and all businesses will not be interrupted, and a temporary walking bridge will be constructed to allow for pedestrian access to continue.

The 79-year-old New Dutch Lane Bridge, which crosses over the Deepavaal Brook, is being replaced as part of a county project.

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According to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, the replacement of the bridge “is necessary to provide continued access for commercial properties in the area."

"The upgrades are part of my administration's ongoing initiative to modernize our roadway infrastructure, enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety, and meet the changing needs of motorists,” said DiVincenzo. "There is never a good time to conduct construction projects such as this. Working with the contractor, we hope to minimize the disruption to our residents and businesses and reopen the bridge as quickly as possible.”

The existing bridge will be completely removed and replaced with a modern, single-span structure that will be made of pre-cast concrete and steel piles. It will have two travel lanes (one in either direction), a shoulder and parapet on both sides. The bridge will be about 40 feet long and 43.5 feet wide.

To learn more about this project, click HERE.