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East Blackwell Street Bridge Repairs and Closure

Release Date: January 23, 2020
Morris County to close bridge for 10 months for repairs.

Dear Resident and Business Owner,

 

            Please be advised Morris County will begin reconstruction of the East Blackwell Street Bridge over the Rockaway River between South Salem Street and North Salem Street starting on or about January 27, 2020 until further notice.   The projected time-frame of the project is 300 days, which is subject to change.

            I am aware this construction will limit access to this area of East Blackwell Street; however, there is a traffic plan that will be implemented to ensure the safety of the traveling public to limit inconvenience and the economic impact on businesses as much as possible: 

  • East Blackwell Street will be closed in both directions in this area for the duration of this project.
  • East Blackwell Street will remain open to local traffic in an easterly direction so that vehicles can turn right (traveling south) onto South Salem Street and continue towards NJSH Rt. 10.
  • Vehicles traveling northbound on South Salem Street will not be able to make a right turn at East Blackwell Street for the duration of the project and should follow the posted detour(s).
  • Vehicles traveling northbound on South Salem Street will be able to make a left at East Blackwell Street (traveling west) for the majority of the project. However, there will be a period of time when this maneuver will be closed as well. At that time vehicular traffic will have to follow the posted detour(s).

            A new bridge will strengthen the infrastructure of our Town and will welcome the traveling public to East Blackwell Street.  I ask that our residents and business owners remain patient while looking to the long-term gain instead of focusing on short-term disruption.

            We support our residents and business owners and look forward to assisting them while the bridge is under construction.  Please see our website for periodic updates about the closure.