The Bloomfield Avenue Bridge will be replaced. DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI/STAFF

Preparing for summertime construction lane reductions, the Bloomfield Avenue bridge will experience overnight lane closures on Bloomfield Avenue beginning tonight, March 14, through the early morning hours.

Beginning at 9 p.m., Thursday, March 14, until 5 a.m., Friday, NJDOT’s contractor IEW Construction Group Inc., is scheduled to close lanes and alternate eastbound and westbound traffic on Bloomfield Avenue eastbound for a project stage change. Two flagmen will be on location to direct the traffic flow.

Now through the summer, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on the eastbound side of the road to allow for the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge deck and abutment on the westbound side. 

Upon completion of this stage, traffic will be shifted onto the newly reconstructed westbound lanes to allow work to be done on the eastbound side.   

The $11.7 million state-funded Bloomfield Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project will replace the bridge superstructure, which is in poor condition, located on Bloomfield Avenue/CR506 over NJ Transit’s Montclair Rail Line near Maple Avenue. The project will be replacing the existing superstructure and will make necessary repairs to address the integrity of the substructure, including repairs to the existing wing walls. In addition, the bridge parapets and approach slabs will be repaired or replaced as needed. The four-lane bridge consists of two lanes and a pedestrian sidewalk in each direction. Construction on the bridge is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

The project will be advanced in stages in order to minimize impacts to motorists. A temporary shuttle will be provided to accommodate pedestrians during necessary sidewalk closures on the bridge.