SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — UPDATE: According to the County of Union, at about 2 p.m. Thursday Route 22 East in Scotch Plains had been repaired, as well as the traffic light at the Park Avenue overpass, and both areas were back to normal operations.

ORIGINAL STORY: New Jersey Department of Transportation officials Thursday announced the closure of two lanes of Route 22 eastbound near Westfield Road in Scotch Plains for emergency repairs following flash flooding from Wednesday night’s storms. Traffic is getting by using the shoulder.

This closure will affect the morning commute, and motorists can expect congestion and delays, and are advised to plan their trips accordingly. The NJDOT is encouraging drivers to use I-78 as an alternate route.

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A portion of the highway in the eastbound direction was washed out at mile marker 48.1 where Route 22 crosses a creek, about one mile east of Bonnie Burn Road.

NJDOT crews worked overnight and are expected to complete the repairs later Thursday morning. An exact time on when all lanes will reopen has not been announced.