NJ highway chief: Number of closures down to 20

(AP) - New Jersey's transportation chief says thenumber of state roads where all lanes are closed due to flooding orstorm damage from Hurricane Irene is down to 20.

Transportation Commissioner James Simpson said that's down from282 locations late Sunday.

Simpson said restoring Interstate 287 northbound in MorrisCounty is a top priority. The flooded Rockaway River washed outsoil supporting part of the roadbed near Boonton andParsippany-Troy Hills.

Simpson said the water had receded sufficiently to allow NJDOTto begin making repairs Tuesday morning, and Gov. Chris Christieannounced later that one northbound lane was reopened Tuesdayafternoon.

Simpson said another top priority is repairing the Peddie LakeBridge on Route 33 in Hightstown, Mercer County. He saidsuperstructure repairs are being designed and a damage assessmentunderneath the bridge is being performed.

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