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Repair of Three Key Bridges Connecting Harrison and Newark NJ

Aug 09, 2023
Bridge Street Bridge Harrison NJ Photo

The Passaic River, a vital waterway in New Jersey, is spanned by several bridges that facilitate the movement of people and goods between the Town of Harrison / Borough of East Newark and the City of Newark. Three of these bridges have recently come under the spotlight due to repair works, and they are:

  1. Bridge Street Bridge: This bridge is located at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Passaic in Harrison, NJ. It extends into Newark, NJ, connecting to Bridge Street and further onto McCarter Highway, also known as Route 21.
  2. Clay Street Bridge: Originating from the Borough of East Newark, NJ at Central Avenue and Passaic Avenue, this bridge leads into the City of Newark at Clay Street, subsequently merging with McCarter Highway also known as Route 21.
  3. Jackson Street Bridge: This bridge starts after the intersection of South Frank E. Rodgers Blvd and Cape May Street in Harrison. It crosses into Newark, connecting to Jackson Street, which intersects with Market Street.

Updating Bridge Closure Information

Recently, there was some confusion regarding the repair schedules of these bridges. A report from had previously indicated that the Clay Street Bridge would be closed from Monday, August 8, 2023, through Friday, August 11, 2023, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, this information turned out to be partially inaccurate. While the Clay Street Bridge did close on Monday, August 8, 2023, it reopened on Tuesday, August 9, 2023. The Bridge Street Bridge is the bridge that will close for the rest of the week, from Tuesday, August 9, 2023, through Friday, August 11, 2023, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  One of the bridges that is not part of the repair project is the Stickle Bridge that crosses the Passaic River and is part of Interstate Route 280.

Joint Bridge Repair Project

The repair works on these bridges are part of a joint project between the County of Hudson and the County of Essex. Entrusted with this significant task is the Sparwick Contracting Company, based in Lafayette, NJ. The project comes with a budget of $13,495,145 and is anticipated to continue through next year.

Your Harrison will endeavor to provide accurate Bridge Closure information to the public so residents and commuters can take note of which bridge will be closed and plan their daily routes accordingly. The repair works are essential for ensuring the safety and longevity of these bridges, which play a crucial role in the daily lives of many

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