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Monday, April 23, 2012

Richmond Street, South Avenue traffic alerts

If you use Richmond Street or South Avenue on a regular basis, here's a heads up --

Continuing its long-term program of rehabilitation of its bridges in Plainfield, NJT is expected to begin work on the Richmond Street overpass this week.

The street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration. A passage for pedestrian traffic is expected to be available after work hours.

Folks who use Richmond Street as a bypass to Norwood and Route 22 will need to make alternate plans, and can consider Roosevelt Avenue or Berckman Street, each of which has its pluses and minuses.

NJT has previously said that historical features of the bridges will be preserved and their appearance improved (that's where the paint comes in!). The project is a continuation of the bridge rebuilding program begun in 2007 and working its way eastward through the city.
Though there have been some slight delays, expect the reconstruction of South Avenue between Leland Avenue and Terrill Road to get into full swing shortly (it was supposed to start today, but there have been equipment problems).

Work on Atlantic and Pacific Streets has been under way and will be completed before contractors turn their attention to South Avenue.

Donna Albanese and the South Avenue merchants have been working closely with the contractors and the engineers to make sure that signage is clear and unconfusing (and perhaps the misspelling of Dunellen will even be corrected!).

Traffic will flow in one direction only while work is under way, so please follow the signs and develop a plan for navigating the situation until the work is completed, which should be only a matter of a few weeks.
As Roy Rogers and Dale Evans used to sing, "Happy Trails To You".

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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