The Howell Police Department announced on Wednesday that unexpected work on a county bridge will result in the temporary closure of a section of Ramtown Greenville Rd.
Sgt. Joseph Markulic of the department's Traffic Safety Division said the work to repair a sinkhole should last for up to two weeks. The repair work is being handled by the county and Markulic said detours are already in place.
In a press release from the county the bridge, which crosses the Muddy Ford Brook could be repaired as early as this weekend weather permitting. County Engineer Joseph Ettore said the brook helped contribute to the damage. "This condition was caused by scour in the brook below the bridge crossing," he said. "With the assessment of the damage completed, we will work to expedite the repairs.
Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone said the repairs were needed to ensure the longterm usage of the bridge. "This repair is necessary to stabilize the roadway and continue the safe use of the bridge and travel in the area," he said.
The road is fully closed from the intersection with Arnold Blvd. to the intersection with Moses Milch Dr. There is local traffic allowed from the intersection with Newtons Corner to Moses Milch.
A press release from the county said the detour should allow drivers to take Ramtown Greenville Rd. to Newton's Corner Rd. and then take Lakewood Allenwood Rd. to Arnold and the same directions in reverse.
Despite the disruption the detour will cause John W. Tobia of the county's Department of Public Works said it has to be done. "The county understands the inconvenience these detours will have on motorists and local residents," he said. "Unfortunately, this work cannot be completed without the closure of the bridge and the Rd.
Markulic said the detours will likely affect school bus routes but those adjustments will be made as needed. The Howell Township Education Foundation is also holding its annual Race to Educate on Saturday and Markulic said that course is being adjusted to accommodate the closure.