Watch out, commuters: Route 202 in Bernardsville closed ‘indefinitely’
The discovery of a hole on Route 202 in Bernardsville led to a complete closure after an even bigger problem was found.
The road was closed by Bernardsville Police on Sunday between Whitenack Road and Douglass Avenue and put a detour in place "indefinitely."
Police Chief Police Chief Kevin Valentine told the Bernardsville News that two days of heavy rain may have helped open up a on the side of the road near Douglas Avenue. A closer inspection by officers found not only had the road washed out under the road surface, but a support wall under the bridge looked like it had collapsed.
On their Facebook page, police said that the road is under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and it has yet to complete an assessment of the road.
Route. 202 southbound traffic is being detoured onto Meeker Road, to Pill Hill Road, to Mount Airy Road south, to Whitenack Road, back to Route. 202.
Traffic traveling on Route 202 north from Far Hills is being detoured onto Whitenack Road and then onto Mt. Airy Road.
The Meeker Road detour is closed to truck traffic due to a low-grade crossing at the Meeker Road railroad crossing. Trucks should use Mt. Airy Road and Whitenack Road to get around the closure.
Local traffic on Route. 202 can continue south up to the closure point on Douglas Road Douglas Road is open and accessible to Route. 202 for local traffic and residents according to police.