Eleven bus routes serving about 2,000 riders have been detoured indefinitely off the Anderson Street Bridge between Teaneck and Hackensack after officials ordered a 15-ton weight restriction on the busy crossing, NJ Transit said Monday.
A state review found the 41-year-old bridge required significant repairs, prompting Bergen County officials to lower the allowed weight limit, according to Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff at the county executive's office. The county alerted NJ Transit of the weight limit Monday afternoon, a transit agency spokeswoman said.
County officials opted not to close the bridge entirely because it serves upwards of 30,000 vehicles a day, Baratta said. The county is doing design work to determine how the bridge can be repaired while remaining open.
There was no timeline for the work, but it was expected to carry a multi-million dollar price tag, Baratta said. Details of the required work were not immediately available Monday night.
"We think they're going to be pretty extensive," she said of the repairs.
The bridge is owned by Bergen County and was listed as "structurally deficient," according to 2011 Federal Highway Administration data published by NationalBridges.com.
County officials met with representatives from Teaneck and Hackensack to alert them of the issue, Baratta said. Signs were posted to alert motorists and area police departments were also informed. Officials said about 400 buses travel the bridge on weekdays, and the average NJ Transit bus weighs 17 tons or more.
Bus routes 83, 157, 168, 175, 178, 182, 751, 753, 755, 772 and 780 will use a detour on Route 4 to cross between Hackensack and Teaneck, according to a transit advisory.
Delays of at least ten minutes are expected, said NJ Transit spokeswoman Courtney Carroll.
NJ Transit said riders will experience the following detours:
Buses from Teaneck traveling westbound toward Hackensack (leaving their routes on Cedar Lane at River Road) will travel northbound on River Road to Route 4 West to southbound Hackensack Avenue to Anderson Street at River Street.
Buses will then resume their regular routes.Buses from Hackensack traveling eastbound toward Teaneck (leaving their routes on Anderson Street at Hackensack Street) will travel northbound on Hackensack Avenue to Route 4 East to southbound River Road in Teaneck. Buses will then resume their regular routes.
In addition, NJ Transit provided the following information on stops in Teaneck and Hackensack that will no longer be served:
Eastbound along Anderson Street on the far side of River Street.
Customers can use the bus stop on northbound River Street at Passaic Street.
Eastbound along Cedar Lane on the near side of River Road.
Customers can use the far side bus stop on Cedar Lane at River Road.
Westbound on Cedar Lane on the far side of River Road.
Customers can use the bus stop on Cedar Lane at Catalpa Avenue.
First published 7:53 p.m. Last updated 11:50 p.m.