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SOUTH STREET IN NEW PROVIDENCE TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Bridge Work Along the Gladstone Line to Enhance Safety, Reliability

NEWARK, NJ, November 6, 2002 – NJ TRANSIT will rehabilitate a bridge over South Street in New Providence on the Gladstone Line, near the Murray Hill Train Station. The bridge improvements will require the closure of South Street between Southgate Road and Floral Avenue on Saturday, November 16 from 2 a.m. until approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, November 17.

As a result of the closure, traffic will be detoured onto Southgate Road and then onto Foley Avenue, continuing back onto South Street during this time period.

Construction on the bridge will continue through the weekend, although the roadway is scheduled to reopen early on Sunday. The work includes waterproofing and upgrading the bridge to enhance the reliability of the structure. The upgrades are part of NJ TRANSIT’s overall effort to maintain a safe, efficient and reliable rail operation.

One phase of the bridge work is moisture sensitive. If weather should become inclement, construction will be postponed until November 23.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 160 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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