Montclair, NJ – It’s been symbolic of how Montclair government can move too slowly, but now there’s an update on the long-closed Edgemont Park bridge.
According to engineers Neglia & Associates, a pre-construction meeting was held on November 8, 2022 for this project. Below is the anticipated project schedule:
- Geotechnical investigations were performed on-site as of November 8, 2022. We anticipate 1-2 weeks for the completion of soil testing and report for results.
- New bridge design is anticipated to begin after Thanksgiving. Once all bridge submittals have been reviewed and approved, it is expected to take approximately 3-6 months for bridge fabrication to be completed. Once fabrication is complete, installation of the new bridge can begin.
- In the interim, the Contractor will work to demolish the existing bridge to secure the site from any hazards that may be present until the new bridge can be installed. No date for this work has been determined yet but it is expected to occur in the coming weeks.
“I am happy for the good news that we finally have a plan to move forward for a new bridge, but it looks like it will take quite a while for completion,” says Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager. “As long as the soil testing is deemed safe, we’re probably looking at Summer/Fall 2023 for completion.”
“It’s been a great frustration for me, that this bridge has not been replaced for so long. I know there have been some obstacles along the way. I just hope that this timeline is accurate and we get the new bridge as soon as we possibly can,” Schlager says. “I am of course grateful that no one has been injured while we await these renovations and that that continues until installation. I have asked the Acting Town Manager to keep me updated on the process.”
“All of our Montclair parks need to be maintained to the highest level of care. Edgemont Park is a very special place for our township and I am grateful to the volunteers of The Friends of Edgemont Park group for all they do and for their dedication in looking after the park,” she adds.
The bridge has been closed since it was damaged due to Hurricane Ida. A replacement bridge was originally expected to be completed in Spring 2022.