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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gavett Place closed for NJT bridge project

Warning signs have been up for a week or so.

Gavett Place, the short street between the Plainfield train station and East Second Street is expected to be closed to traffic on Monday for the duration of the last phase of New Jersey Transit's reconstruction work on the Watchung and Park Avenue bridges.

Work has alternated on the two overpasses since this past spring.

The final piece of the jigsaw-like project will be the construction on the ground on Gavett Place of the "faces" of the two rail overpasses. The completed pieces will then be moved into place over several weekends, according to a briefing by NJT officials last spring.

This is a novel technique for New Jersey Transit, so you will want to keep an eye on progress. The technique has been applied in recent years to Chicago's infamous tangle of street-level crossings.

Gavett Place will be closed to through traffic for the duration, though a single pedestrian walkway will be open between East Second Street and North Avenue.

NJ Transit lists the following changes to the #113 bus route (NYC-Dunellen) --
  • New York bound: Instead of turning onto Gavett Place, buses will continue on East Second to Watchung Avenue and thence on the normal route;

  • Dunellen bound: Instead of turning onto Watchung Avenue at East 4th, buses will continue on East 4th to Park Avenue, then right on Park to Front and continue on their regular route.
These changes will hold for the duration of the project.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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