Down goes (the old) Wittpenn

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From the NJDOT — Demolition on the old Wittpenn Bridge started immediately on the east approach (Jersey City side) once traffic was shifted onto the new bridge and is about 80% complete. For the remainder of the calendar year, most of the work will be preparing for the demolition of the lift span portion of the bridge. That section is scheduled for demolition in January and February and will take place in three phases — removal of the counterweights, removal of the lift span and then removal of the towers. In the spring, the remainder of the eastern approach, and the western approach in Kearny will be removed.

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Ron Leir | For The Observer

Ron Leir has been a newspaperman since the late ’60s, starting his career with The Jersey Journal, having served as a summer reporter during college. He became a full-time scribe in February 1972, working mostly as a general assignment reporter in all areas except sports, including a 3-year stint as an assistant editor for entertainment, features, religion, etc.

He retired from the JJ in May 2009 and came to The Observer shortly thereafter.

He is also a part-time actor, mostly on stage, having worked most recently with the Kearny-based WHATCo. and plays Sunday softball in Central Park, New York