Business owners: Closure of Route 15 bridge in Jefferson Township is impacting profits

The New Jersey Department of Transportation closed the 124-year-old bridge to traffic for safety issues.

Matt Trapani and Naomi Yané

Jun 12, 2024, 12:19 AM

Updated 39 days ago

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The owners of businesses located on the southbound side of Route 15 in Jefferson Township say their profits are being impacted by the closure of a nearby bridge.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation closed the 124-year-old bridge to traffic for safety issues. There are detours in place and business owners want the public to know that their shops remain open.
“There’s a little bit of traffic…and we want people to come,” says Joseph DiPasquale, of Who Axe'd You?
The staff at Jefferson Dairy – a local ice cream shop – says the closure is cutting into the summer business.
“We're a seasonal business. We have 16 weeks in order to make up our entire income for the year,” says Adrianna Cassiere Allen.
Some of the temporary solutions include three temporary traffic lights along the detour or possibly having the northbound Route 15 take two-way traffic.
Work on the temporary bridge is set to start by next week. The DOT hopes that the repairs will take about six weeks to complete.


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