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'Bridge to Nowhere' Languishes in New Jersey

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    'Bridge to Nowhere' Languishes in New Jersey

    The mayor of North Bergen, New Jersey, calls it the "bridge to nowhere." And it has been under construction for eight years, with nearly another year to go before it's finished. Brian Thompson has the story. (Published Friday, July 22, 2016)

    What to Know

    • The bridge has been under construction for eight years

    • North Bergen mayor's say litigation over the contractor's performance has caused delays in the work

    • NJ Transit says the project is back on track and should be completed by 2017

    The mayor of North Bergen, New Jersey, calls it the "bridge to nowhere." 

    The "bridge" is a partially completed concrete structure over several sets of railroad tracks that crosses 69th Street in Mayor Nicholas Sacco's crowded town, and it has been under construction for eight years, with nearly another year to go before it's finished.

    Motorist Junior Vasquez says the traffic "can get bad, real, real bad" when trains go by -- and the trains can take up to five minutes or longer to pass. 

    NJ Transit is overseeing the contractor, Tar Heel Enterprises of Sayreville, and will only say that "unavoidable construction delays" are to blame. 

    But Sacco pointed a finger at the contractor, claiming "they had no experience in building overpasses or bridges." 

    He said litigation over the company's performance has stretched the project over so many years. 

    NJ Transit said the bridge work is back on track and should be finished by early 2017, but Sacco said he's not holding his breath.

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