Friday, August 12, 2016

UPDATE: No More Pedestrian Access to Stickel Bridge

Newark, New Jersey:
Newarkers can no longer walk across the Route 280 Stickel Bridge to get to Harrison.

As Essex County Place reported yesterday, recently, the sidewalk leading to the walkway on the Newark side has been removed, limiting pedestrian access to the bridge. In addition, as is pictured above, the curb is no longer at the site, and a new guardrail has been installed, leaving a walking area that is approximately a foot wide.

According to Steve Schapiro of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, "as part of the I-280/Route 21 interchange improvement project, pedestrian access on the Stickel Bridge, which carries I-280 over the Passaic River, is being permanently removed because Federal guidelines prohibit pedestrians on interstate highways".

Schapiro told Essex County Place that pedestrians should use the Clay Street or Bridge Street Bridges in order to get to Hudson County.

The eastbound pedestrian walkway, which featured views of Newark and New York, began on the Newark side with a stairwell along McCarter Highway, then crossed over the Passaic River into East Newark in Hudson County, ending with a stairwell down to Hamilton Street in Harrison. 

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