Piermont Road (CR 501) closure in Closter, NJ

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Hi all, I received the following email from Sgt. William McLoughlin at the Closter Police Department. It was very nice of him to send us a heads up as oppsosed to us just happening on the road closure ourselves. This may effect many spring rides, so please take a look...

Could you advise your members that Piermont Road (county route 501) at Homans Avenue, in Closter, NJ will be closed to all vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic? The closure is planned from 03/01/2007 until 04/30/2007, 24 hrs a day. This is for removal and replacement of a concrete bridge. This is a route numerous bicyclists use on the weekends, traveling from New York City to Piermont, NY.

Perhaps someone knows exactly where he is talking about and could post a simple way to navigate around it? Thanks, -Jeff

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jmf (not verified)

"Did he mean only exactly at Homans Ave or ""north of Homans Ave for a bit"" or ""south of Homans Ave for a bit"". The bridge just to the west of Piermont Ave over the brook at the duck pond is in Demerest. Using google maps satellite view, the only thing that vaguely looked like a bridge may have been between Hickory & Ruckman, where there is a discontinuity between subdivisions, but I could not tell."

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Mordecai Silver (not verified)
Yes, I was confused when I read this too

I don't recall any bridge in the vicinity. And I just looked at Google Earth and didn't see one.

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)
Rt 501 Homans Av bypass

"501 north: Hillside/ Union is the cross street landmark

0.0...........Hillside/ Union (in Cresskill)
0.6....S.....Anderson Av
1.8....L.....Hickory Lane, to end
0.6....R.....Rt 501 north

501 south: Broadway/ Central Avenue is the cross street, actually a ""T"", landmark

0.0............Broadway/ Central Av
1.2.....L......Hickory Lane
0.6.....R......Anderson Av
1.8.....S.......Rt 501 south"

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af (not verified)
Do you mean Hickory Lane?

At least that's what shows on Google Maps.

Otherwise, thanks for laying out what appears to be the path of least resistance around the obstruction.

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)
All I can say is Duh! Corrected now. (nm)
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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Thanks, Hank!

I can confirm that the route suggested by Hank is a good one. The Hillside Avenue descent is my most preferred one of the Palisades options (Clinton, Closter Dock, etc). It has good pavement, less traffic and most notably the best visibility with respect to traffic. There's a traffic light at the turnoff to Hillside on 9W and you make a left onto 9W to get to it if you are exiting River Rd/Palisades Park from the north. Some may find the Anderson -> Hickory -> 501 North to be a familiar route as it's been used for many years on the ENY route.

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)

An added advantage to Peter's Hillside Avenue descent is that unlike Closter Dock Road's orientation to the northwest, which is out of our way if going south, Hillside goes the the southwest. However, most of us going south are returning to NYC. Taking Hillside Avenue from 9w means having to reclimb back to the GW Bridge.

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Jay (not verified)
Anderson goes parallel to 501 & is good

we should be taking that one more often even when 501 is open--my daughter lives off Homans and she hasn't heard about the clsoing

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Mordecai Silver (not verified)
Has anyone ridden 501 lately?

Is any part of it closed, in or near Closter? If so, is a detour on Anderson Ave sufficient?

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Richard Rosenthal (not verified)
What does W.C. Fields have to do with Rte. 501?

W.C. Fields said he pitied any man who didn't drink because when he got up in the morning, that was as good as he was going to feel all day.

What puts me in mind of that is, having had my second ride of the year, I pronounce myself in mid-season form: alas, it's as good as I'm going to get.

And my reason for putting this here is I did ride on 501. It's fine.

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Frank (not verified)
It's open

I've ridden through several times and as recent as Tuesday the 13th without a problem. They are doing road work and sometimes there is only one lane open and they alternate traffic.

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af (not verified)
The construction is on Homans east side of 501 intersection.

"There was no work during last weekend. The only inconvenience was a metal plate on the east lane of 501 north of the intersection.

Fortunately a detour hasn't been necessary, because it turns out that Hank's suggested route onto Hickory to go to Anderson wouldn't have worked southbound, as 501 is posted ""no left turn"" at that intersection."

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