A series of blasts is what it will take to say goodbye once and for all to the old Route 3 bridge over the Passaic River connecting Clifton in Passaic County with Rutherford and Lyndhurst in Bergen County.
Controlled blasting will require a series of 15-minute stoppages on Route 3, Route 21, Riverside Avenue and Passaic River waterway over the next two weeks. The first two in a series of five blasting events took place last Thursday and Friday. According to the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation, the blasts, scheduled for between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., require a 15-minute window of traffic stoppage. Variable message signs will provide advance notification to motorists throughout the blasting area.
The contractor has not yet scheduled the subsequent three blasting events. NJDOT will provide notification in advance of each one. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather, on-site job conditions or other factors, but you can check NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information.
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