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Bridge Removed, Middle Valley Disconnected

First step in major reconstruction project under way.

, and demolition of the existing structure kicked off this week.

Now, with the structure connecting sides of Middle Valley to each other and Long Valley gone, detours–.

The project, which is eliminating the current structure and replacing it with a new truss and roadway, has been years in the making, and is expected to take up to eight months to complete.

Just before the road was closed earlier this month, Morris County engineer Brian Caruso said, depending on the truss manufacturer's time table, the road may be passable before inclement weather strikes the region during winter months.

Photos of the work were provided to Long Valley Patch by the Middle Valley Community Center. 

Reality Chuck September 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Eight months to complete....just amazing......That's what made this country great. Slow drawn and over budget projects suckling from taxpayer teet.
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM
8 months? Outrageous!
Jack Mahoffer September 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
All the pianos in the region must be tuned, because fat mouth Tommy is at it again. It takes time to construct a bridge properly, and especially in this town ( all these clowns are so hung up on keeping the natural, rural look ). Contact the Hysterical Society and ask what their input was on this bridge. And on a side note, your ENVY of Mr. Nedd is transparent. You embarress youself repeatedly on this site yet you do not get it. I do not know Mr. Nedd, but he makes you sound foolish on this site. Spend more time with your kids ( if you have any ) or read more. I can't wait to hear your productive input regarding the new " speed deterent " south of town hall. Thats good to at least occupy the most non-productive human being for a few days.
Lean on that shovel September 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I am sure this is a fabulous bridge- but the one that was just replaced on 202 in bernardsville was operable in ... Drum roll please......one week. Eight months is monkeys doing monkey business.
Lean on that shovel September 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM
For the record also a pre-fab truss bridge
ValleyGirl September 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I think we should come together and make our voices heard. If calls are made to the county, township, the contractor and state officials maybe this will speed-up the project. I think replacing the bridge going into the winter poor planning. Not to mention this is "the bridge to nowhere syndrome".
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Hey Jack, did your wife and kids go out and leave the computer on, again?
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM
This is government at work. If this bridge was built by a private company it would could be built in little over a month. I bet you will drive past and see nothing happening at times and wonder what's going on, and why isn't anybody working? You can be sure of this: Somebody will be getting paid, whether they are working or not.
Paul Winchell September 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Wow Tom, what a zinger! You really got him on that one! Left the computer on! Genius!
Paul Winchell September 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
What you should be complaining about is Schooley's Mountain Road! Schooley's sees a thousand times more traffic and is a problem that needs addressing, the road is simply unsafe. I don't care how much red crap Short and his cronies put down (paid for with our tax dollars btw and after one day of traffic it is gone), the road needs to be rerouted. Get the money, find a way! Don't like it, don't run for office!
EC September 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The "Hysterical Society" as you so cleverly referred to group, would have had no input. Do yourself a favor and do a little research.
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