The I-280 connection between the Stickel Bridge and the New Jersey Turnpike opened in 1980.
In conjunction with this project, the NJDOT installed a median barrier on the Stickel Bridge.
The temporary railroad stretched approximately seven miles from West Orange to the I-80 interchange in Parsippany.
In 1960, construction of I-280 began in the Orange-West Orange area.
To hold down construction costs, the state commissioned the engineering firm S. Groves and Sons to construct a temporary railroad along the I-280 right-of-way.
The original plans for I-280 called for an elevated roadway through Newark and East Orange.
Community opposition to the elevated roadway proposal led to the adoption of an alternative routing that would swing run from the Stickel Bridge, continue west between Orange Street and Sussex Avenue, and rejoin the original routing along the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad (now New Jersey Transit).
(Photo by Steve Anderson.) Interstate 280, originally known as the Essex Freeway, had its beginnings as NJ 25A, a 1.1-mile-long highway connecting Clifton Avenue in downtown Newark with Grant Avenue in Harrison. Stickel Memorial Bridge, a four-lane span carrying NJ 25A over the Passaic River, was opened to traffic.
Named after a one-time Essex County engineer, the 125-foot-long vertical span has a vertical clearance of 35 feet over mean high water.