Posted Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
Repairs to Close One-Lane Span Wednesday through Friday; Plan Alternate Route
The busy Openaki Road Bridge in Denville, a one-lane span that crosses the Den Brook at Openaki Lake, at the Randolph border, will be closed to traffic next from Wednesday through Friday. Aug. 8-10, to allow for repairs to a recently discovered structural flaw in the bridge deck.
During the work, Openaki Road, which becomes Casterline Road in Randolph, will be closed and traffic will be detoured from Shongum Road to Everdale Road to Mountainside Drive. Motorists should plan for alternate routes, especially during commuter hours.
The bridge is scheduled to be fully replaced in 2020.
State bridge crews, during a routine inspection, discovered a flaw in the concrete deck on the bridge. Morris County officials moved swiftly to schedule repairs. While the bridge has been safe to use, that section of the bridge deck must be fixed as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.
County officials have reached out to officials in Randolph and Denville to advise them of the issue, and to coordinate the repair work schedule and a detour plan.
The Openaki Road Bridge, a steel stringer structure, was built in 1924 and was rehabilitated in 1992. The 15.5-foot-wide, 54-footlong bridge carries an average of 4,600 vehicles daily. It is posted to carry 13 tons.
The recent inspection by the state Department of Transportation found that a portion of the deck slab was fractured and had settled, exposing the bridge’s reinforcement steel.