ALLENDALE, N.J. -- A Bergen County bridge replacement project that closed West Crescent Avenue last June could last until Labor Day, authorities said Thursday.
The best guess is that the project, originally slated for mid-May completion, will likely be done sometime in July -- unless the weather doesn't cooperate, Project Manager Frank Masella of Boswell Engineering told Daily Voice.
“We had some delays due to underground utilities that we did not know were present,” Masella explained. “It’s a matter of giving the contractor (Rock Solid Construction) a time extension based on how many days the contract was delayed because of the unforeseen condition.”
The main objective, he added, is to reopen the road before school starts in the fall. Brookside Middle School is located nearby on Brookside Avenue.
Traffic at the corner of Brookside and West Crescent avenues and elsewhere is complicated by the road’s closing. West Crescent Avenue is a key artery running to Ramsey to the north and Waldwick to the south.
The bridge, which spans the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook, dates to the 1920s and was in need of immediate replacement.
The borough posts periodic updates on the project’s progress at: http://allendalenj.gov/west-crescent-bridge-closure .