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One-lane traffic pattern in place on a section of Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The replacement of a Morris County-owned bridge on Berkshire Valley Road near Longwood Lake in Jefferson Township is now restricted to one lane, according to Morris County authorities.

There will be a single lane, 11 feet in width, maintained for the duration of the six-month project. Anyone driving vehicles exceeding that width are urged to find alternate routes. The bridge, which spans a 60-inch reinforced concrete culvert pipe carrying a tributary to Longwood Lake, was last upgraded in 1970.

Morris County is replacing the existing span and both roadway approaches in the $835,000 project because of defects that include cracking and small breaks in the approaching roadway, as well as settlements and some collision damage to the existing guide rails. An estimated 9,300 vehicles cross daily over the 36-foot-wide, two-lane roadway, which leads north and south.

The project was initially stopped shortly after it started in October 2020 because of delays in construction of a culvert and the relocation of an existing gas main at the site. The culvert construction and gas line relocation are key aspects of project.  The replacement bridge will be comprised of a precast rigid frame culvert with precast wing, and it will be supported by a precast foundation.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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