Mile Segment Will Extend Expressway
To Roosevelt Avenue at Belleville/Nutley border
20, 1957) -- The Extension of Route 21 northward through Belleville and
Nutley as a six-lane high-speed freeway, bordering the Passaic River,
became a reality this week when the State Highway Department received
eight bids for construction of a one-mile section from William Street
past the Turnpike bridge to Roosevelt Avenue, in Belleville.
(illegible) Construction Company of Newark, was the lowest of the eight
bidders, with its bid of $5,092,636.96.
state engineers' plans call for a wholly isolated freeway, independent
of Main Street in Belleville and River Road in Nutley, except for
limited points of access. No direct access driveways will be permitted
on the freeway.
work is to begin about 200 feet north of Bayard Street. Between there
and Rutgers Street, where the freeway will overpass the local road, Main
Street, will be unlit.
northbound traffic will use a 24-foot wide marginal on the freeway's
east side and southbound Main Street traffic will use a similar new
facility on the west side of the freeway.
Street traffic will return to a single 40-foot wide relocated roadway at
Between Rutgers Street and a point about 250 feet north of Academy
Street, where it will rejoin existing Main Street, the local road will
be on a new right of way immediately adjacent to the west side of the
the beginning of the freeway section to a point opposite Holmes Street,
a distance of about 2,500 feet, the freeway will consist of two separate
28-foot wide concrete roadways.
of the freeway roadways will accommodate three lanes of traffic and be
separated by a 24-foot wide center mall.
the center mall and the outside edge of the roadway pavement will be
bordered by 10-inch concrete curb.
just north of the Rutgers Street overpass to near the end of the project
there will be a dual-faced steel beam guard rail erected as a barrier in
the middle of the center mall.
barrier is similar to the steel beam guard rail used throughout the
state on the outer edges of highways to prevent vehicles from leaving
the highways in areas where the roadways are higher than the adjacent
will be ramp connections between Main Street and the southbound freeway
roadway opposite Terry Street.
Another ramp will connect the northbound freeway lanes with Main Street
at the foot of Little Street.
Sources: Bids open for First Section
of New Freeway: Press release/The Nutley Sun, June 20, 1957
New Jersey Route 21
was the second year of the Revolution, and the Declaration of
Independence was but a few months old. Gen. George Washington's reverses
in New York were disheartening. The battle of Long Island was lost on
Aug. 27, 1776. Fort Washington fell Nov. 16 and Washington crossed to
November 1776, Washington ordered the Continental army to abandon Fort
Lee and to retreat to the Delaware, "over the Essex Hills."
began the memorable "Retreat across the Jerseys" when the patriot army
under General Washington and the pursuing British under General Lord
Cornwallis marched through the region which we now call Nutley.
22, 1776, with 3,500 men Gen. George Washington started from Passaic for
Newark along the River Road. Near the northern limits of our area, his
forces divided, one column to continue by the River Road, the other to
go "over the hills" to Bloomfield. There one brigade remained for
several days while another went on to Orange and thence to Newark.
Retreat Across the Jerseys
HISTORY OF NUTLEY by Elizabeth Stow Brown, 1907