New Eighth Street Bridge opens to traffic in N.J.

New Eighth Street Bridge. Photo: Passaic County New Jersey.New Eighth Street Bridge. Photo: Passaic County New Jersey.

After nearly four years of setbacks and construction, the new Eighth Street Bridge over the Passaic River in northeastern New Jersey opened to traffic the week of Aug. 5, 2019, reports.

The bridge, which replaced the 103-year-old original span, connects the cities of Passaic and Wallington. It includes a 290-foot bridge with two lanes on both sides and a left-hand turn lane onto Main Avenue in Wallington.

The federal government allocated $15 million to pay for the bridge replacement project in 2012, but Bergen and Passaic counties encountered a series of eminent domain cases when taking property on both sides of the bridge that weren’t resolved until 2015.

Construction was supposed to begin in the summer of 2016, but was delayed when the state Transportation Trust Fund ran out of money. The state eventually voted to raise the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund, and work on the Eighth Street Bridge finally began in early 2017.

Construction was supposed to be finished in early 2019, but an extra seven months were required to complete the project.

Passaic County will be responsible for maintaining the new bridge.