Wittpenn Bridge to close this weekend for 5th of 6 such closures

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced a full closure of the Route 7/Wittpenn Bridge between Jersey City and Kearny. The closure is the fifth of six weekend closures necessary for demolition of the old bridge lift span and to test the new bridge lift span.

Beginning at 4 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 until 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, NJDOT’s contractors CCA Construction and Georges Harms Inc., are scheduled to close and detour Route 7 in both directions before the Wittpenn Bridge for demolition of the lift span on the old bridge and to allow testing of the lift span on the new bridge. The following detours will be in place:

Route 7 eastbound detour:

  • Route 7 eastbound traffic will directed to take the exit to Fish House Road southbound
  • Fish House Road becomes Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue
  • Take the ramp to Route 1&9 Truck north
  • Bear left at the traffic signal at Communipaw Avenue to stay on Route 1&9 Truck
  • Follow Route 1&9 Truck to Route 1&9

Route 1&9 Southbound to Route 7 westbound detour:

  • Route 1&9 southbound traffic wishing to take Route 7 westbound over the Wittpenn Bridge will be directed to take the exit for Route 1&9 Truck southbound (also known as Charlotte Circle)
  • Follow Route 1&9 Truck southbound across the Bridge over the Hackensack River
  • Turn right onto Central Avenue north
  • Turn right onto Pennsylvania Avenue, which becomes Fish House Road
  • Follow Fish House Road to Route 7 westbound

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