Detour to be in place during two-day project 

HAZLET, NJ – Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Middle Road bridge (R-15) over Flat Creek will be closed to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic in order to repair the timber structure.

Motorists should use the signed detours and expect travel delays during the project. All motor vehicle traffic on Middle Road, between Poole Avenue and Union Avenue, will be detoured.

Specifically, westbound traffic on Middle Road will be directed south on Poole Avenue to State Highway 35 south to Union Avenue. Eastbound traffic Middle Avenue should use Union Avenue south to State Highway 35 North and then to Poole Avenue and returning to Middle Road.

Weather permitting, the work is expected to take two days to complete. If an adjustment to the work schedule is necessary, updates will be posted to the county’s Web site at

“The Middle Road bridge repair project is part of the county’s efforts to responsibly maintain its bridge and roadway infrastructure and to keep traffic moving,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley said. “The bridge is scheduled for complete replacement within the next two years.”

“The scheduled repair consists of a steel plate, steel channel and mudsill repair to restore the structural integrity of the timber nail laminated deck,” county Engineer Joseph M. Ettore said. “The extreme weather this past winter has accelerated the deterioration rate to warrant this interim repair work in anticipation of the eventual replacement of the bridge”

The repair will correct the depressed areas in the deck riding surface and will prevent future failures.

The work will be performed by the county’s on-call maintenance contractor, IEW Construction Group Inc. of Trenton.

“The county understands the inconvenience this detour will have on motorists and local residents,” said John W. Tobia, director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Unfortunately, this work is best completed with the closure of the Middle Road bridge.”