Replacement of West Washington Avenue Bridge Over Pascack Brook
Town of Orangetown

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Project Update and Status - July 2020

The West Washington Avenue Bridge, which carries County Route 30 over the Pascack Brook has outlived its useful service life and is in need of replacement. The roadway approaches are short radius curves on steep grades that are difficult to navigate during adverse weather conditions. The channel alignment of Pascack Brook in relation to West Washington Avenue in the vicinity of the bridge results in embankment scour and roadway flooding during extreme storm events.

The project will replace the bridge with a new structure having improved hydraulic capacity, alignment and scour resistance. We anticipate that the new structure will be upstream of the existing bridge with the stream channel adjusted to improve its alignment with the structure and eliminate or minimize the potential for embankment and foundation scour. The bridge will be designed to accommodate all legal loads. The project will realign the approach roadways between Old Pascack Road and Highland Avenue to improve horizontal and vertical curves, and consider replacement of drainage systems.

A public meeting was held at the Orangetown Town Hall on May 29, 2019. At that meeting alternatives, which are shown here, were presented. It was determined that Alternative 2 would be advanced to the construction phase based upon input and discussions with the public and government officials and considering social and environmental consequences.

Click here if you like to view the Design Alternatives of the Project presented on May 29, 2019 public meeting.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023 and should be complete by the fall of 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I find out more details about the Project?

Call to discuss the project with the Project Manger (Joseph Pyzowski at 845-638-5060).

2. How can I know if my property will need to be acquired for road widening?

You will be contacted if a portion of your property is needed for the project. Property owners will be offered fair market value based upon an independent appraisal.

3. During construction, will access to my property be affected?

Access to properties will be provided at all times with the possible exception of short intervals when actual work is being performed immediately adjacent to the access road or driveway. If your driveway is within the section of West Washington Avenue shown to be reconstructed and/or you were contacted for property acquisition, then it is likely that work will be undertaken on or adjacent to your property.

4. Will there be a detour?

Traffic will be maintained on the existing roadway while the new bridge is being constructed upstream of the existing structure. Some temporary restrictions including lane closures should be expected when the new bridge approach roadways are connected to West Washington Avenue. A detour is not anticipated for this project.

If you wish to find out more information about the project, please contact the project engineer Joseph Pyzowski, P.E. He can be reached by phone at 845-638-5060 or email at