No Timeframe on Repairs to Van Doren Bridge

The large hole blocks vehicular access to Chatham Middle School from Van Doren Avenue.

Parents at Chatham Middle School will have to avoid Van Doren Avenue when school starts on Sept. 6.

The bridge over Days Creek off of Van Doren Avenue, which leads to the middle school and the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works (DPW), partially collapsed during Hurricane Irene.

The hole left a 14-inch reinforced water supply pipe for Chatham Borough exposed and threatened to cut off the borough's water. Borough Mayor Nelson Vaughan said the borough has engaged a contractor to fix the problem. 

"It's a matter of public safety," Vaughan said.

The collapse left a large sinkhole which has more than doubled in size since early Sunday, by Vaughan's approximation, and is impassable to vehicles. There is pedestrian access around the sinkhole.

As of Tuesday, the contractor had installed supports for the pipe and started filling the sinkhole with dirt. Traffic blocks were set up around the hole to prevent both cars and pedestrians from getting too close and making the hole even larger.

Vaughan said he does not know how long the project will take, but the borough has taken responsibility for fixing it.

DPW employees are currently using the Main Street entrance and exit to the middle school to drive their vehicles, including trucks and other large DPW equipment. Students and parents should use caution when entering and exiting school grounds.

Cheryl Vivona August 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Will students be allied to use the walkway?
Ron Swanson August 31, 2011 at 01:08 PM
I think it's the Borough's responsibility to let the public know exactly how long this project will take, and why it can't be completed before next Tuesday. The Mayor saying he doesn't know how long it will take is not acceptable. Traffic into and out of the Middle School will be a nightmare and will clog Main Street if this passage is not open by the time school starts. Thankfully this problem did not occur while school was in session- it could have injured or killed many people.
Joe August 31, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Patch, thanks for the helpful updates on stuff like this, and Colony Pool being closed for the season.
The Guy September 01, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Rt124Guy, get real, make the kids WALK.. Oh did I offend any parents? The kids need the exercise. The parents driving their kids is the issue. The kids south shunpike should get rides the other should walk. Just like the high school, let the high school kids walk, they don't need cars.
V. Nelson Vaughan, III September 01, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Hi, Mister Rt124Guy, The road to Chatham Middle School from VanDoren WILL BE OPEN by Tuesday, September 6th, Please read the most recent Patch artical. Please do not hesitate to call me at any time on my cell phone with comments or questions at (973)417-2964. Thanks a lot, and all the best, Mayor Nelson Vaughan


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