SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The eastbound lanes of South Orange Avenue between Cherry Lane/Brookside Drive and Wyoming Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for paving work on Dec. 15-18, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

This closure is a change from the originally planned dates, which did not have the road closed on Tues., Dec. 15. According to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.'s Facebook page, the additional day was added "because of the forecast of rain later this week."

Westbound lanes will remain open, and will not have a detour.

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According to a press release from DiVincenzo, the closure is part of the ongoing $30 million federally-funded project to flatten the curves in the road, enhance motor vehicle safety, and improve storm drainage.

“Closing South Orange Avenue will be an inconvenience for motorists traveling to work or school or going about their daily business," DiVincenzo said. "However, it must be done to maximize safety for drivers, pedestrians and construction crews. We ask motorists to follow our detour, plan alternate routes and give themselves additional time to travel. We appreciate the public’s cooperation and look forward to a new and improved South Orange Avenue."

A detour is planned during the closure, which will route vehicles traveling eastbound on South Orange Avenue north on Cherry Lane to east on Northfield Avenue to south on Wyoming Avenue before returning to South Orange Avenue.