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Morris Bridges: Major Progress Made on Rockaway Twp. Span Replacement 

Posted Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 

The Chestnut Terrace bridge replacement project in Rockaway Township took a major stride toward completion this week when a precast structure was delivered and installment begun on what could lead to at least a partial reopening of the bridge in the next four-to-eight weeks, winter weather permitting.

Construction crews guided the structure into place on Tuesday and are now moving ahead with the final key stages of the $675,000 project to replace a bridge that normally carries about 1,900 vehicles daily.

The goal is to reopen the bridge to vehicles this winter and to complete finishing touches to the bridge in the spring. But engineers caution that a long spell of severe cold or major snowstorms could delay the opening until the spring, as well.

“We are making every effort to move this project along as quickly as possible — while ensuring high quality work — to minimize inconvenience to Rockaway Township residents,” said Freeholder Stephen Shaw, the Board of Freeholders liaison to road and bridge projects.

The well-traveled county bridge has had one lane shut down since late last year after a visual inspection of the span turned up some settlement in the roadway. A bridge maintenance crew found several severely deteriorated beams, prompting the county to immediately install a steel plate over the area that settled. Vehicular access was reduced to one lane to keep vehicles off the damaged portion.

Due to the age of the bridge, a full replacement was considered the most prudent response to the deterioration. The county drafted a request for proposals earlier this year to get a design for a new span done quickly.

The bridge project began in late October when the span was completely closed and a 1.5-mile detour was set up. The 1.5-mile detour takes motorists on Academy Street, Wall Street and Chestnut Terrace.

The proposed replacement will consist of a pre-cast structure, with white picket style fencing to be mounted and sidewalks created on both sides of the bridge.

Reivax Contracting of Newark is the contractor on the project, which is being funded by the county and is being done in coordination with Rockaway Township and Rockaway Borough.

Chestnut Terrace Bridge, or county bridge number 1400-889 was built in 1971 and received major repairs in 1990. It is a short distance from Mt. Hope Road.

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Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office advises county residents of the resurgence of a telephone scam that falsely uses the Morris County Sheriff’s Office name while targeting residents for personal information.Sheriff logo

A caller recently identified himself as an employee of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in a conversation with an individual, requested personal identifying information and warned that the individual had to surrender at a particular location on an active warrant.

Scam callers also have requested that victims purchase gift cards and provide the gift card numbers to them.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office will never solicit private or financial information in a telephone call. Such calls should immediately be reported to local police or to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 973-285-6600 during the day and at 973-285-2900 after hours.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Squad, on a limited basis, may call individuals who are overdue on child support payments after those individuals previously have been notified by official letter.  To verify the legitimacy of a warrant, call the Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 973-285-6640.

“In the event you receive a call from a person purporting to be a Morris County Sheriff’s Officer or from a law enforcement agency, never give personal or financial information over the telephone.  Never agree to meet such a caller at any random location.  Hang up and verify the legitimacy of the call by dialing an official, listed number for the agency,” said Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Similar scams surfaced in Morris County in 2018 and 2019 in which callers posed as Morris County Sheriff’s Officers and sought personal information and Green Dot MoneyPak cards to pay for false warrants, civil process fees, overdue IRS payments and fines for non-appearance for jury service.

All Agency Information and Contacts can be Accessed and Verified through the Morris County Sheriff’s Office website: WWW.SHERIFF.MORRISCOUNTYNJ.GOV.

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  • Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide money card information to avoid arrest.
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Never provide personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you, unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to a stranger.
  • Remember that anyone who has the number of a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to funds on the card.
  • If you receive a scam phone call, try to gather names, the incoming telephone number and other details, and immediately report the call to local police.


Please be advised of the following phone scam.  

Unknown individuals are contacting residents of Rockaway Township claiming to be members of the Rockaway Township Police Department. These calls are showing the Police Department’s (973) 625-4000 phone number on caller ID. These individuals are telling the residents they have an active warrant and if they do not pay over the phone via gift cards that members of the Rockaway Township Police will go to their house and arrest them.  We have had multiple residents state they have received similar calls.

If you receive this phone call, please contact the Rockaway Township Police Department to report 

the incident at (973) 625-4000. Thank you.

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