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Update: Stretch of Godwin Avenue Reopened After Utility Pole Crash

Godwin Avenue by the Ridgewood border between Rea Avenue and Cottage Street in Midland Park was closed for much of Friday after a driver struck a utility pole by the Wendy's.

Update at 11:02 p.m. Friday: The repairs have been completed and the stretch of road has since reopened.

A heavily-traveled section of Godwin Avenue at the Ridgewood-Midland Park border remains closed while PSE&G workers continue to repair a utility pole that was struck by a driver Friday morning.

Godwin between Rea Avenue and Cottage Street in Midland Park has been closed off to traffic as a result of the accident, with detours sending drivers from Ridgewood up Cottage Street to W. Ridgewood Avenue/Erie Avenue. Drivers heading toward Ridgewood are being detoured through Rea Avenue up Erie Avenue.

Near-gridlock traffic at this particular stretch of Godwin isn't a rare sight, so given the accident it's probably best to avoid the area altogether for the time being.

The accident occurred at roughly 9:15 a.m. near the Midland Park Wendy's, steps from the Ridgewood border. The female driver, described as a senior, was uninjured, according to Ridgewood police. Her airbag deployed in the accident.

The accident caused a circuit to short at the damaged pole, PSE&G spokeswoman Annette Hicks said Friday afternoon. 

At the peak of the outage, 683 customers were without power in Midland Park and Ridgewood, according to Hicks. She did not know the current status of outages and said crews are hard at work to remedy the issue. Hicks could not offer a projection as to when work would be completed.

The roadway will be closed "for some time," Acting Midland Park Police Chief Michael Mara told northjersey.com.

Delays along the often log-jammed county road have already been exacerbated by the closure of Lake Avenue for construction work to the small bridge by the A&P.

RHS Student October 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
That could explain why my house lost power today for a few hours.
James Kleimann October 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The outage map currently shows 1-500 homes in Midland Park without power, and no reported outages in Ridgewood. http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/outagemap.jsp
JAFO October 12, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I was on West Ridgewood around 1:30 and the side streets between Godwin and West Ridgewood are filled like 30 deep. If you're coming from that direction, head to Prospect and shoot over to West Glen.
James Kleimann October 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Good advice, JAFO. Thanks. Cottage Street traffic didn't move for a solid 15-20 minutes when I stopped by around noon.
bob October 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Retesting for seniors should be mandatory.

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