You’re going to have to get creative to get through Verona by car. Beginning Monday, August 20, there are going to be two major road reconstruction projects going on on our two major east-west arteries. The work may not be completed by the time Verona’s schools reopen in September.
Linden Avenue will be closed in sections from Pompton Avenue (Route 23) to Wildwood Terrace, a small side street near Cumberland Avenue, to allow for the reconstruction of the roadway, curbing and sidewalks. The work will begin at Pompton and proceed west towards Caldwell.
Also starting Monday, there will be one lane closed on Bloomfield Avenue for the continuation of the town’s streetscape work. The crews will start on Bloomfield Avenue at Park Place and work east towards Montclair. As a result, the right lane of Bloomfield Avenue westbound will be closed.
As the project moves into intersection where Derwent, Claremont and Bloomfield avenues converge, there will be no access onto Bloomfield from Derwent or Claremont. You’ll have to use Park Avenue (where the Corner Store Deli and Hillcrest Farms are), or any street east of Park, to get onto Bloomfield.
The Verona Police Department says there will be lots of signs around to redirect traffic. The VFD will be monitoring the areas under construction, and will take what it calls “appropriate action” when school starts to make sure that kids who are walking to school get there safely. So stay alert and allow extra travel time.