The Mount Vernon Road (state Route 13) bridge over state Route 16 in downtown Newark will close Sunday, March 19, until September for reconstruction.
The bridge demolition itself will require through Route 16 traffic to be diverted onto the ramps, necessitating the following traffic changes from 7 p.m. March 19 until 7 p.m. Friday, March 24:
• Motorists will have no access to Route 16 from Mount Vernon Road or Hudson Avenue.
• They’ll have no access across Route 16 (from Mount Vernon Road to Fourth Street downtown). Detour routes are West Main Street, state Route 79 and North 21st Street.
• Eastbound traffic on Route 16 will be permitted to exit south onto Route 13 into downtown.
• Westbound traffic on Route 16 will be permitted to exit north onto Route 13.
From March 25 through June, Route 16 through traffic will return to normal operations. The Mount Vernon Road bridge over Route 16 will remain closed, and Hudson Avenue will remain closed from the Route 16 westbound ramp to St. Clair Street.
For updates, visit the city of Newark’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the ramp from Thornwood Crossing to westbound state Route 16 will close for 30 days, beginning Tuesday, March 21, while crews remove cement near the ramp.
Motorists should take Route 16 eastbound to the Country Club Drive/Church Street exit, turn left onto West Church Street and then continue onto Route 16 westbound.
— Gary Stevens/ThisWeek