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Posted on: June 11, 2019

UPDATE: Mountain Ave Closure

Planned Mountain Ave Detour June 2019

Road Repair

AUGUST 11, 2019 UPDATE: 

The reopening of the Mountain Avenue bridge, originally planned for August 20, 2019, has been delayed to to unforeseen utility conflicts, according to Union County. PSE&G and New Jersey American Water Company has both mobilized on site and are in the process of relocating existing utilities. 

Upon completion of the water main and gas main utility relocations, the bridge work will take approximately 50 days to finish. The best estimate for the Mountain Avenue Bridge to be reopened to traffic is on or about October 11, 2019. This is a Union County project on a county road. 

"While we are disappointed that the Mountain Avenue Bridge won’t be completed next week as originally anticipated, the underground utility problems the workers discovered need to be effectively remediated for the benefit of our residents," said Mayor Devanney. "Our police department is working with the Board of Education to adjust fall bus routes affected by the construction. Meanwhile, we are in contact with the County to get regular updates on the progress being made. As with any infrastructure work being done in town, we understand these activities can pose temporary inconveniences to our residents. We apologize for this and ask for patience as we continue to make improvements to our town."

Added Berkeley Heights Police Chief John DiPasquale: "The police department will continue to monitor and address any traffic issues associated with the Mountain Avenue road closure. We encourage drivers to leave enough time to navigate the detour and to drive safely, especially when the school year begins.”

More logistical details to come. 

Please check out the County's project web page here. 


The Berkeley Heights Police Department has been working closely with the Board of Education to adjust fall bus and walking routes for students affected by the construction. Here is the latest information:

  • Preferred dropoff for Mountain Park is the newly paved roundabout in front of the school
  • If you must have a secondary dropoff, please use Rutgers Ave by Oakland. There will be a police officer posted there between 7-9 am and 2:30-4:30 pm. 
  • There will be a temporary crosswalk at the above location to assist with children crossing.
  • The walking path from Rutgers to Mountain Park school has been newly paved. 
  • The Police Department is talking with the Board of Ed Transportation on rerouting buses; BOE will distribute information to parents. 

As always, please be sure to drive with care and watch for pedestrians. 

Please check the Berkeley Heights Board of Education website here for updates on school transportation.  


Around June 21, re-construction of the Mountain Ave bridge, where Mountain Ave intersects Sherbrook Drive, began. This work will be done by Union County. Mountain Ave, from Plainfield to Hillcrest, will be CLOSED to all thru traffic for a period of approximately 60 days in the area of work during the 4-month long project to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike.

The contractor will establish and maintain a clearly marked detour route. Emergency vehicles and pedestrian traffic will not be allowed through the work zone during the full road closure and we ask that residents please plan accordingly. Access to residences, including deliveries and other services, in the work zone will be allowed as much as possible.  Residents can view the planned detour route now on the County of Union Bureau of Traffic Safety & Maintenance website.

Should you have any traffic questions, please call the contractor directly at (201) 440-1118 during normal business hours. If any emergencies should arise, please contact your municipal Police Department.

This work is being performed by Union County.  Regular updates for the various phases of construction and their impact on traffic along this stretch of Mountain Avenue will be posted on the County website here if and when they become available.

Union County Bureau - Traffic Safety & Maintenance
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