YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: The Ridge Road overpass above Route 3 in Rutherford was reopened overnight following repairs of damage caused Wednesday when a pole attached to a truck being towed slammed into it.
The overpass, which connects Lyndhurst and Rutherford, was re-opened to traffic in both directions as of about 1 a.m. today, Rutherford Police Capt. Patrick Feliciano told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
State Department of Transportation and PSE&G crews worked through the night and all day yesterday to ensure that it would remain safe.
The problem, they said, is a natural gas line that runs alongside a structural beam that was damaged when the pole struck the overpass just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The impact broke loose concrete and damaged both structural beams and electrical conduits under the bridge, authorities said.
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Lyndhurst Ambulance assisted with patient transportation, Feliciano said, adding that his department got traffic assistance from: The NJ Department of Transportation, New Jersey State Police and Lyndhurst and Clifton police.
NJ Transit buses had to be re-routed and but are now back on their regular routes.
PHOTO: Courtesy RUTHERFORD PD