Public forums upcoming on Clay St.

Wikipedia The Clay St. Bridge is getting attention.
The Clay St. Bridge is getting attention.

More than a century old, the Clay St. Bridge, which links East Newark and Newark over the Passaic River, will be the subject of two public information sessions on Wednesday, June 24.

Rehabilitated in 1975-1976, the bridge has many of its original working parts housed as part of the Newark Museum’s collection and is listed on the state Register of Historic Places, according to Wikipedia.

Marine traffic passing through must give four hours notice for the bridge to be opened.

In 2012 the N.J. Department of Transportation allocated funds for the reconstruction of the swing bridge whose structural deficiencies can no longer be handled through routine maintenance.

Two years later, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority in conjunction with Hudson and Essex counties began conducting a Local Concept Development Study to determine how to deal with the span’s operating issues.

Now, Hudson and Essex, the NJTPA, the N.J. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will host information sessions to inform the public about the LCDS and “to solicit public input and comment” on what should be done with the Clay St. Bridge.

The first of the two sessions will be held at the East Newark Senior Citizen Center, 37 President St., from 2 to 4 p.m. The second follows in the Community Room at Studebaker Lofts, 23 Spring St., Newark, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Written comments will be accepted through Friday, July 24.

Hudson County residents are invited to mail, fax or email comments to: Hudson County Asst. Engineer Joseph Glembocki, Office of the County Engineer, Meadowview Campus, 595 County Ave., Bldg. 3, 2nd Floor, Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: 201-369- 4346;

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