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Residents Voice Concerns About Trucks Driving on Macarthur Overpass

During the current construction, trucks and buses are supposed to be off the overpass.

Township officials say they are going to try to correct a “dangerous” traffic situation at Macarthur Boulevard after a resident shared his concerns about it at a township council meeting last week.

Resident Richard Silvia told the council last week he is concerned about the “hazardous condition” created by trucks driving over the Macarthur Boulevard overpass while an ongoing NJ Department of Transportation construction project has narrowed both lanes.

“There are signs all over the place, saying no trucks, no trucks,” Silvia told the council.

“But they are always there, and they are driving people off the road. Something has to be done.”

Council members agreed.

“It’s dangerous,” Councilman Steve Sbarra, who had previously told that council of a near-accident he was in on the overpass because of a truck driving over it, said.

Township engineer Mike Kelly called the problem an, “enforcement issue,” but said that a rule like this is, “difficult to enforce. You’d have to have someone standing there watching it all day.”

Still, Kelly said he would relay the concerns to the DOT, the engineer working on the project, and the police in an attempt to encourage enforcement of the “No Truck” rule.

The construction project, which is replacing the entire bridge deck, is slated to be completed by June 27.

Have you had a problem with trucks at this overpass? Tell us in the comments.

david calleo December 11, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Richard you are never happy are you? Stay away from that areas then! Out of 15,000 vehicles that pass by that bridge you are the one complaining ? Town wasted time to hear this? Wow
JP December 11, 2013 at 08:00 AM
Strange how we can have a patrolman sitting by every time they are working on something routine on Mahwah roads but not here. Why not?
Nick December 11, 2013 at 08:09 AM
As someone who lives in the area and has to use this overpass everyday, I agree with the truck complaint. I have seen backups caused by trucks ignoring the signs, and near accidents. How hard is it to drive another half mile to spring street to turn around.
Sharon Berger Javer December 11, 2013 at 08:52 AM
I agree that this is a problem. We had an incident last week where an 18 wheeler was on the overpass, and forced me over just enough that my mirror and fender were damaged by the construction barrier...and the truck drove on! $1800 later, we are now avoiding that bridge, even if it takes a little longer.
Mamma B December 11, 2013 at 09:49 AM
I agree, it has been an issue with trucks from day one! I understand 24 hour surveillance may be impossible, but during peak hours there should be a patrol car there. I was happy to see a police car parked this morning. Thank you Richard for speaking for all of us!
fastharry December 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM
I think I have to agree also....If they set up the bridge construction to handle the width of a car...there will be accidents when a large truck uses a car lane...I've been close to getting hit a few times...
J.R. December 11, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I've had near misses with cars on the overpass not staying on their side. I'd hate to be on it when a truck goes over. The lanes are simply too narrow. Between the danger and the traffic backups, I usually drive out of my way to avoid it. Just not worth it.

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