Go Home

daily dish

October  11

Bedlam On Bloomfield

This just in....

Bloomfield Avenue in Verona where they are doing the bridge construction by the park is closed in both directions until further notice because of a street cave-in or collapse. This is already a pretty jammed spot, so anyone needing to go there should take some extra time. 

October 11, 2005 in Intersections We Hate | Permalink


It's the bridge between Lakeside Dr and Cumberland, right before Pleasant Valley Way. They started work on it last week and b/c it is in such disrepair and the weather has been awful, it collapsed. Traffic is being divereted down Cumberland. What a mess!!!!

Posted by: Paula | Oct 11, 2005 8:51:41 AM

Thanks for the tip! That's really terrible...I travel between Caldwell and Bloomfield almost everyday!

Posted by: Dana | Oct 11, 2005 10:15:14 AM

I also live in Caldwell...is the town big enough for both of us!

Posted by: frosty | Oct 11, 2005 10:23:42 AM

This bridge collapse was brought to you by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. Putting your Essex County tax dollars to work.

I'm yet to see that sign.

Posted by: Subscribribbler | Oct 11, 2005 11:03:07 AM

I was walking in Verona Park on Sunday which was the first time I saw this construction (the entire street had not collapsed yet). My question is, does anyone know of there was major flooding in the park? At the end of the park closest to Bloomfield Ave there were strange mossy clumps of something hanging off of the lower branches of the surrounding trees. The only way I could figure this stuff getting there was for the water to have risen and left it there when it drained. It certainly made me curious!

Posted by: fussyhostess | Oct 11, 2005 11:22:37 AM

Frosty, I know that's not true, but if you're looking to relocate, may I suggest Essex Fells? It's a beautiful area, and you certainly wouldn't face any of that "discrimination" you encounter in Montclair.

Posted by: Dana | Oct 11, 2005 12:12:40 PM

LOL Subscribbler: looks like somebody's brother-in-law's cousin's best friend shouldn't have gotten the contract. I wonder who we have to grease to fix it?

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Oct 11, 2005 12:14:38 PM

Thanks for looking out for me but my Dad is a member of Essex Fells Country Club and visiting is fine for me. Caldwell works for me.

Posted by: frosty | Oct 11, 2005 2:11:27 PM

Well, what idiot begins such a construction project during hurricane/rain season to begin with? Where are people's brains these days...sheesh! Also, there's less traffic during the summer months (kids are out of school, people are away on vakay, etc.) So what wait until fall?

Posted by: Sign Me Perplexed | Oct 11, 2005 3:40:19 PM

I would assume that they waited until the construction at Bloomfield and Prospect Aves was complete. It would have been a huge mess if both projects were happening simultaneously (not that it's not a huge mess now)!

Posted by: Joanne | Oct 11, 2005 6:30:09 PM

I got stuck in that detour from hell yesterday and wound up being rear ended by a landscaping dumptruck! Today I fought midtown traffic in NYC both ways and feel like I'm in a walking coma! A house in the country is starting to looking better & better! The hell with Essex county and environs!

Posted by: PAZed out | Oct 11, 2005 7:41:32 PM

p.s. Wait til they start the destruction of the midtown direct bridge on Bloomfield Ave. on the border of GR & Montclair by the carwash. You ain't seen nothing yet, even though they promise to keep a lane open in each direction. Hope for the best, expect the worst!

Posted by: PAZed out again | Oct 11, 2005 7:45:59 PM

This afternoon I took my daughter to the doctor's office on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. It was OK going because I got alternate directions from GR. But going back, I hit four different detours and a trip that normally takes 15 minutes took me 90 minutes...I was ready to abandon the car and take the bus home with my kid.

Posted by: Julie | Oct 11, 2005 9:44:27 PM

Road construction and traffic is temporary. A house in the country is permament. You will miss the urban vibe of Baristaville. Don't do it.

Posted by: Wise Man on the Hill | Oct 12, 2005 8:04:25 AM

I also got stuck in that mess yesterday on my way to an appointment in Caldwell. As soon as you were diverted from Bloomfield Ave., the backed up traffic was stopped dead. The police were manning the roadblock on Bloomfield, but you were made to fend for yourself once you hit the back roads. There was no one controlling traffic along the detour, and no signs, so it was bedlam.

Posted by: DGS | Oct 12, 2005 12:31:52 PM

I tried to get to West Caldwell this morning from Montclair and turned back in Verona. WHAT A MESS! Avoid Verona at Bloomfield Ave during rush hour. IT'S A HORROR!

Posted by: quaker-oats | Oct 12, 2005 12:58:21 PM

Click & Jump to our INSIDE PAGES:

· In Case You Don't Look at Our Announcement Box
· Window Painting
· Flatulent Friar
· Ballyowen -- The Best $140 a NJ Golfer Can Spend
· Corzine Budget Gets MSU Calling For Action
· Open Space Call For Action
· Closed For Renovations?
· Thrill Seekers
· Heroic Dudes
· Making Montclair's History Demo-Proof

May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004

A Friend Writes
April Fool's!
Bada Bing
Barista Does the Math
Barista's Sunday Poll
Betty Says
Brand New
Civic Virtue
Comings and Goings
Culture Club
Current Affairs
Cute as Hell
Don't Ask: Dating in Baristaville
Flu Shot Central
Food and Drink
From the Crazy Mixed-Up Files of Raymmmondo
Funniest Home Videos
Good Reads by Neil Baldwin
Growing pains
Help Your Barista!
In Your Dreams
Intersections We Hate
Karma Violation
Lights! Camera! Craft service!
Lights, Camera..... Roll Tape
Major Dudes
Marlboro Inn
Movie Mojo
Only in Montclair
Our Favorite Diversions
Paranoia Beat
Parties We Crashed
Party With Baristanet
Photo of the Week
Pop Culture
Postcards from the EB
Really Freaking Weird
Scooped by Phil Read, Again
Scot's Photo Journal
Seasonal Decorating Violation
Seen around town
Seen in Cyberspace
Shopping With Barista
Songs We Can't Get Out of Our Head
Suburban Archeologist
The Daily Chat
The Sunday Barista Poll
The View from Her Pickup
Those Crazy Kids
Time Capsule
We All Bow to Java
We Ask Random Strangers
Where For Art Thou?
Win Stuff
Yard Sale Treasure Map