FAQs

East Anderson Street Bridge LCD Study
Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this bridge study necessary?

The East Anderson Street Bridge, also known as Cedar Lane Bridge, was originally constructed in 1977. In 2012, due to structural deficiencies, a weight restriction was instituted, barring trucks, buses, and other vehicles over 15 tons from crossing the span.  The two outer lanes of the bridge were also closed at that time. Deterioration, deficiencies in structure, and increased traffic volume are some of the reasons why this bridge is in need of improvements beyond routine repairs. This Study will look at options including major rehabilitation or replacement.

What is the existing condition of the bridge?

Based on the 2016 NJDOT Consultant Bridge Re-Evaluation Report, the overall physical condition of the bridge is poor. The bridge is presently weight-restricted to 15 tons, with the outer lanes closed to traffic. The bridge is safe to travel on with the present restricted limitation and with the ongoing structural maintenance required from the NJDOT bi-annual bridge inspection.

What is an LCD Study?

A Local Concept Development (LCD) Study is the first phase of the Local Project Delivery Process for transportation improvements. During this phase, a Purpose and Need Statement will be developed focusing on the need to address structural and operational deficiencies of the bridge. The LCD Phase also includes data collection, coordination with local municipal officials, community stakeholders, and Federal and State permitting agencies; the development of a reasonable number of sensible and practical conceptual alternatives; and the recommendation of a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA).

What is the schedule for the East Anderson Street Bridge LCD Study?

LCD Project Schedule (Major Milestones)

Finalize Purpose and Need Statement Spring 2019
Develop Conceptual Alternatives Summer 2019
Recommend Preliminary Preferred Alternative Fall 2019
Submit Draft Concept Development Report Winter 2019/2020
Complete Local Concept Development Phase Spring 2020

What kind of a bridge is the existing East Anderson Street Bridge?

The existing East Anderson Street Bridge is a six span bridge, as follows:

  • Bridge spans the Hackensack River between the City of Hackensack and Township of Teaneck
  • Year Built: Originally constructed in 1971.
  • Bridge type: six span, simply supported (pinned support at one end; roller support on the other) and has prestressed concrete box beams
  • Overall length: 302 feet
  • Bridge roadway width: 52 feet

How will the project benefit pedestrians and bicyclists?

As part of the Study, the project team is asking for input from the local officials and community stakeholders to understand what pedestrian and bicycle mobility and access is needed. As part of the LCD Study phase, when developing the project Purpose and Need for improvements, all modes of transportation are taken into consideration regarding the bridge, including: pedestrians, cyclists, transit, vehicular, and marine uses.

Have the project’s improvements been decided?

No. The reason for this Study is to identify what are the current transportation issues and needs regarding the East Anderson Street Bridge, and to develop the Purpose and Need for bridge improvements. The project is currently in the Local Concept Development (LCD) phase to identify the needs, develop conceptual alternatives, and recommend a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) for bridge improvements. A Resolution of Support from the local officials is required. The Project Team will also coordinate with regulatory agencies before advancing the project to design and construction. Bergen County and cooperating agencies will continue to seek community input on the design and proposed transportation improvements during the LCD phase and future phases of the project.

How much will it cost and who will pay for it?

The cost of implementing the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) will be estimated as part of the Local Concept Development (LCD) Study and will qualify to be funded with Federal dollars if it meets the Federal requirements.

How will the project affect the environment?

As part of the Local Concept Development (LCD) Process, an environmental screening is performed. The environmental screening identifies the issues, concerns, and potential “fatal flaws” related to the social, economic, and environmental resources that will aid in establishing impacts for the various alternatives. The screening includes a review of the potential impacts to air/noise receptors, ecological constraints, cultural resources, publicly owned parks and recreation areas, wildlife or waterfowl refuges, hazardous materials (known contaminated sites), socioeconomics, and environmental justice.

At this stage in the project, the environmental screening has been prepared and reviewed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Bureau of Environmental Program Resources (BEPR). Once conceptual alternatives are developed, each alternative will be evaluated for its potential impacts to the environment, which will be a consideration in the recommendation of the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA).

Why get involved?

The primary tasks of stakeholder coordination and engaging public opinion is to assist in the development of the project Purpose and Need Statement, provide input into the Goals and Objectives of the bridge improvement project, and review and provide comments regarding the recommendation of the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA) based on the Project Purpose and Need.

The project team is very interested in knowing how the local community uses the bridge, any current approach roadway concerns, and how the public sees possible conceptual alternative solutions. Community Outreach during the Study is a vital part of the Local Concept Development (LCD) process and we encourage the community to participate.

Why attend the public meetings?

Attendance at public meetings is good way to make your voice heard and to ensure a successful project the meets the community’s needs and aspirations. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can keep tabs on new project developments by visiting the Project Website and reviewing the meeting summary reports, and PowerPoint presentations. Naturally, coming out to the meeting is the best way to stay involved, provide input, and discuss any questions you may have with the project team present. However, if you still have questions, we’ve made it easy for you to reach the County and the Project Team directly by using the online contact form.

How can I stay informed or offer suggestions?

Bergen County and the cooperating agencies of NJTPA and NJDOT encourage transportation improvements that best balance transportation needs, the environment, community concerns and cost. As part of the Community Outreach effort, numerous meetings will be held to share project information and obtain input.

Please:

  • Check this Website regularly for updated information
  • Complete the Community Input Survey here.
  • Attend Public Information Center meetings
  • Complete the Public Comment Form here.

Common Structural Terms

Abutment – Supporting structure that holds up or provides foundation for the bridge.

Bridge Inspection Cycle – NJDOT performs regular and emergency structure inspections in compliance with the federally mandated National Bridge Inspection Standards. Regular inspections for a singular structure occur every two years, with each new iteration of the inspection resulting in a new cycle of the Bridge Evaluation Report. Based on the results of these inspections and reports, NJDOT develops projects and programs for structural asset preservation.

Deck – The Deck is the surface of the bridge that vehicles ride on. It may or may not be covered with a wear surface such as asphalt. The bridge deck is often steel-reinforced concrete and is supported by the Superstructure.

Efflorescence – The migration of salt to the surface of a porous material, where it forms a coating.

Functionally Obsolete – A functionally obsolete bridge is one that was built to standards that are not used today. These bridges are not automatically rated as structurally deficient, nor are they inherently unsafe. Functionally obsolete bridges are those that do not have adequate lane widths, shoulder widths, or vertical clearances to serve current traffic demand, or those that may be occasionally flooded.

Pier – A pier is an intermediate support for the adjacent ends of two bridge spans.

Scour – The removal of sediment such as sand and gravel from around bridge abutments or piers. Scour, caused by swiftly moving water, can scoop out scour holes, compromising the integrity of a structure.

Simply Supported –  A bridge made up of only two beams spanning between two supports.

Spalling – Deterioration of a concrete structural component occurring at the surface where concrete decomposes, often leaving steel reinforcement visible and open to additional corrosion.

Span – The structure that rests on the supports of a structure or the distance between two supports holding up a structure.

Structurally Deficient – Bridges are considered structurally deficient if they have been restricted to light vehicles, closed to traffic or require rehabilitation. Structurally deficient means there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored and/or repaired. The fact that a bridge is “structurally deficient” does not imply that it is likely to collapse or that it is unsafe. It simply means the bridge must be monitored, inspected and maintained.

Substructure – The bridge substructure is essentially the bridge’s foundation supporting the superstructure. This includes abutments and piers.

Superstructure – The bridge superstructure includes the structural elements that support the bridge deck. These may include steel beams, a concrete frame or culvert, steel cables and a floorbeam system as used in a suspension bridge, or a steel truss.

What if I have other questions or concerns about the project?

Bergen County and the cooperating agencies of NJTPA and NJDOT, encourages community members to voice their concerns and contribute suggestions to the Project Team. To provide input, attend one of the public meetings or contact:

Contact Information

Christopher E. Helms, P.P., AICP
Bergen County Project Manager
One Bergen County Plaza, 4th Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 336-6443
Fax: (201) 336-6449
email: chelms@co.bergen.nj.us

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