Posted Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


Replacement of the bi-county Cozy Lake Road Bridge over the Pequannock River in Jefferson in Morris County and West Milford in Passaic County began this week, with detours set up for motorists.

Cozy Lake Bridge

Cozy Lake Bridge

  The 105-year-old bridge has structural deficiencies that required its replacement. The work is expected to take six months, with re-opening likely in the early fall of 2016.

An approximate 3 mile detour has been installed on County Route 513 (Berkshire Valley Road) to Chamberlain Road and then to Cozy Lake Road.

Cozy Lake Road Bridge was built in 1911. It is a single span earth-filled, reinforced concrete arch with concrete substructures. The existing structure 60-feet long and 21-feet wide, and carries about 2,320 vehicles daily.

The old structure has large breaks in its framework and exposed reinforcement. There are longitudinal cracks and increasing potholes throughout the asphalt roadway and across the bridge deck surface.

Cozy Lake 2

Damage to Cozy Lake Bridge

The new bridge, to be 60-feet long and 30-feet wide, will be a precast concrete arch with concrete footings. The bridge parapets will be stone faced with a bluestone covering. The substructure also will be stone faced.

The contractor for the replacement project is Ron-Jon Construction Corp. of Butler. The contract award amount is $1.4 million and is being funded by Morris and Passaic counties.

The project is being inspected by Dewberry Engineers, Inc. of Parsippany at a cost of $102,000.