UNION COUNTY, NJ – The many roads of Union County, including the Turnpike, Newark Airport, the Goethal’s Bridge, the Garden State Parkway, Route 22 and Route 78, are reported to be clear and the storm’s impact “appears to be minimal at this point,” Union County spokesperson Sebastian D’Elia announced Tuesday afternoon.
“Since this storm is mostly during the regular working day, we have a full contingent of staff,” D’Elia said.
Between 75 and 80 employees between Parks Maintenance and Public Works were on the job clearing 352 lane miles of roadway and parks facilities, and close to 400 bridges and culverts were also being cleaned. The County Public Works Department had 65 to 70 pieces of equipment on the road. All of the tandem dump trucks are a combination of salt spreaders and plows. Smaller non-spreader vehicles were at work at all of the facilities’ parking lots, and a full repair staff is on board in the mechanic shop in Scotch Plains. The County of Union, the City of Linden, Plainfield, Springfield and Cranford have also opened up their emergency operations centers.
“We urge all residents to stay off roads, and travel only as needed,” advised D’Elia. “Check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly and be mindful of any pets who are outdoors.”