NJ DOT Announces Overnight Lane Closures on Dec. 27 to Restore Normal Traffic Pattern
The New Jersey Department of Transportation today announced the completion of the I-80 westbound bridge over Route 46 in Roxbury. To restore the normal traffic pattern on the newly reconstructed bridge, an overnight lane closure is necessary to remove the I-80 westbound traffic shift that utilized a temporary bridge.
Beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, until 5 a.m. on Friday, Dec.28, NJDOT’s contractor, Ferreira Construction Co., is scheduled to restripe the roadway to remove the I-80 westbound traffic shift, which had utilized I-80 eastbound over Route 46.
Motorists on I-80 westbound will return onto the newly reconstructed bridge. The speed limit will remain 50 MPH in the work zone as final construction is completed.
Once traffic is shifted back to the new bridge, the temporary bridge will be removed and work will begin on reconstructing the I-80 median and abutment wing walls. Additional remaining work includes constructing a concrete island in the Route 46 median, as well as final work on curbs, guiderails and inlets. Final construction is expected to be completed by early 2020.
The $15.1 million federally-funded project advanced in stages, first replacing the I-80 eastbound bridge, followed by the I-80 westbound bridge.
Each two-span concrete bridge was replaced by single-span steel girder structure with concrete bridge decks. The vertical clearance was raised to 14 feet-9 inches to improve safety for tall vehicles on Route 46. In addition, the bridge piers located underneath each bridge were demolished and replaced.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info and on our Facebook page.