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Route 23 lane closure on Saturday as bridge replacement project advances in Sussex County

Southbound traffic will be shifted onto newly completed bridge

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Friday announced a weekend lane closure with alternating traffic on Route 23 as the Bridge over Beaver Run replacement project advances in Wantage, Sussex County.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, until 3:00 p.m., NJDOT’s Contractor, Konkus Corp., is scheduled to close one lane on Route 23 near the Bridge over Beaver Run in Wantage, Sussex County. One lane will be maintained using alternating traffic. This closure will allow the contractor to install construction barrier to prepare for a traffic shift.

By 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, southbound traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge to allow for demolition of the temporary bridge, and removal of the existing eastern portion of the old bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in this configuration for the next several months. Route 23 northbound traffic was shifted onto the new structure during a previous stage of the project.

The $3.8 million federally-funded Route 23 Bridge over the Beaver Run branch of the Wallkill River project will fully replace a structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge with a three-sided precast concrete arch. The new bridge will have a 12-foot travel lane and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction, as well as a sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. The project will also replace the existing guiderail and resurface the bridge approaches. The bridge replacement project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for real-time travel information.

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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