Part of Hamburg Turnpike to Close This Week

The roadway between Church Lane and Valley Road will be closed. A detour will be set up. Drivers should expect delays.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that Hamburg Turnpike would be closed between Church Lane and Ratzer Road. The article has been corrected. Incorrect information was provided to Patch. 

Part of Hamburg Turnpike will be closed Wednesday thorough Friday this week as part of the paving and milling project on the heavily-traveled roadway.

Hamburg Turnpike will be closed in both directions between Church Lane and Valley Road. It will be closed in one direction at a time.

Although a detour will be set up drivers should expect delays when traveling in the area.

Wayne police encourage residents to plan in extra time during their commutes. They request drivers observe the posted work zone speed limit for their “safety and the safety of the project workers.”

Steve Edmond, Passaic County engineer, could not be reached for comment.

The work is part of a $9 million project to improve traffic flow on the county-owned roadway. Jughandles were installed on the roadway earlier this year.

Bill Brennan December 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Church to Ratzer? That is a very long stretch, I think there is a discrepancy - Church to Valley maybe but Church all the way to Ratzer no way at least not all at once. If so then someone needs to step in and stop them
Chris December 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM
I'm thinking it's an error. It's probably from Church to Valley.
Elizabeth Taylor December 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Totally doesn't make sense and this is ridiculous. Why can't this be done at night! Everyday I travel this road to go to work and it is a new adventure every morning. This paving should be done at night. Who runs this project!
newcomer December 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM
So far, this project has created nothing but huge traffic mess and it is still not clear how and if it will improve the flow of traffic and make driving and life easier to Wayne residents and other drivers. I might be wrong but this may end up as small improvement, at best, and big waste of our money.
Pad December 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Traffic is a mess especially between Valley Rd and Hinchman Avenue. There should have been better planning on this and the project is taking forever. Mostly due to poor coordination with the utility companies moving poles back. Coming North on Hamburg people are being ticketed for making lefts into the Park Wayne Diner, or onto Hinchman Ave. This project is a typical messed up project of Passaic County. Yes, a lot of this work should be done at night.
bp December 17, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Elizabeth, if it's done at night the project will cost more money. Night work=higher labor cost=more complaining by people who have no clue what they are talking about.
Allyn December 17, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I agree this should be done at night with such a heavily traveled road. We have been inconvenienced enough already!!!
Emanon December 17, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Obviously a , "Shovel Ready Job" , which means union workers are involved and that the project will be "milked" for an indefinite period of time.
Emanon December 17, 2013 at 08:08 PM
The George Washington was tied up and an investigation is currently underway. Any chance for an investigation of the Wayne project?
zekeman December 17, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Let's see - gridlock alert days. Heaviest travel time of the year with the Holidays and Strip Malls & Stores right nearby - so let's re-pave it now! Brilliant! Hats off to the incompetents that run Passaic County / DPW and local authorities (...and in the snow and muck no less - double Brilliant!!) No regard or respect for the area residents, workers, commuters and shoppers. Fraudulent leadership strikes once again in the public sector. Idiots all ....
Pad December 18, 2013 at 07:15 AM
BP, Many projects are done at night due to lower traffic volumes which in turn makes the work proceed at a faster pace. This project was poorly planned from the start. Utility companies were not in sync. at all with the road crews. There has been a lot of disruption to the local business's also including loss of income. Coming North on Hamburg will be horrible if you are trying to get to Hinchman Ave, the diner etc. Jughandles according to recent traffic studies are outdated. These studies were done before the project started. Widening of the roadway would have allowed for turn lanes at intersections with traffic signals with arrows for turns. This project is definitely going to be way over budget when its finally done in year that is still unknown at this point. The extra cost would have been worth it to get this job done.
Thomas Mgerack December 18, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Pad December 20, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Church lane was backed up from Hamburg Tnpk. to Ratzer Rd. Ratzer Rd was backed up from Valley Rd to Alps Rd. Two cops standing in the middle of the road at Ratzer & Church Lane doing nothing at all except talking to each other. The busiest shopping week of the year and they close a major road down. What idiot allowed them to do this now? What a mess!


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