Friday, March 16th, 2012

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced that the Salem Street bridge over Rt. 10 in Randolph will be closed to traffic, beginning this weekend, for approximately six months.

This overpass provides access from Rt 10 eastbound to Salem Street northbound and from Salem Street southbound to Rt. 10 eastbound.

NJDOT said the Salem Street overpass is scheduled to be closed to traffic around 11 p.m. Friday, March 16. NJDOT said the following detour routes will be in effect
during the closure:

· Rt. 10 eastbound motorists destined for Salem Street will be directed past the exit to use the Franklin Road jughandle to U-turn onto Rt. 10 westbound to the Salem Street exit.

· Salem Street passenger vehicles destined for Rt. 10 eastbound will be directed to Franklin Road east to the intersection with Rt. 10.

· Large truck traffic (greater than 4 tons) on Salem Street destined for Rt. 10 eastbound will be directed to Rt. 10 westbound to use the Millbrook Avenue to U-turn onto Rt. 10 eastbound.

The $2 million federally funded project will replace the existing, structurally deficient bridge superstructure, including the bridge deck, support beams, median pier cap and parapets. The reconstructed structure will be raised slightly to improve clearance beneath the bridge.

NJDOT will maintain three travel lanes on Rt. 10 in each direction below the overpass during peak period hours, utilizing traffic shifts. However, lane closures may be necessary on Rt. 10 during off-peak hours. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. NJDOT provides emergency roadway information, construction schedule updates and real time traffic information and images at www.511nj.org.

Reconstruction efforts are also underway at the Rt. 10 intersection with Franklin Road, located to the east of the Salem Street overpass, where minor improvements are being made to the traffic signal, sidewalks and lane striping.