Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The New Jersey Department of Transportation plans to close the Route 202 bridge over the Passaic River, connecting Bernards in Somerset County and Harding in Morris County for a full week, beginning around 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, until approximately 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

During this time period the existing bridge, which the DOT said is structurally deficient, will be demolished and replaced with a new pre-cast concrete bridge which has been manufactured off site. According to the DOT, the use of pre-cast concrete bridge components enables the construction schedule to be shortened.

According to the DOT, Route 202 northbound motorists will be detoured via N. Maple Avenue to Lee’s Hill Road to Glen Alpine Road to Route 202 during the construction, while Route 202 southbound motorists will be detoured via Glen Alpine Road to Lee’s Hill Road to N. Maple Avenue to Route 202.

A temporary traffic signal will be utilized to control access to and from Shalebrook Drive at Route 202, located north of the bridge in Harding. Variable message signs are being utilized to notify motorists of the closure and associated detours.

The $3 million federally-funded project began construction activity in March including survey work, utility relocation and bridge abutment repair. NJDOT will also upgrade the existing guide rail and resurface the bridge approaches between N. Maple Avenue/Childs Drive (CR 613) and Shale Brook Drive.

According to the DOT, the original bridge was built in 1924 and is used by approximately 10,000 vehicles every day.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for real-time travel information.