Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a major roadway rehabilitation project over a seven-mile section of Interstate 287 in Morris County that is aimed at providing a safer, smoother ride for thousands of commuters who travel this section of the highway each day.

The $27.4 million project, being built with federal funds, will improve I-287 from just south of the South Street underpass in Morristown to the Littleton Road overpass in Parsippany. The project will also repair and resurface seven individual bridge decks on I-287 in both directions as well as replace the bridge decks over the Whippany River/Eden Lane in Hanover, according to NJDOT.

NJDOT said it will also install new Intelligent Transportation System facilities such as permanent dynamic message signs and traffic cameras along 287 within the project limits, with guide rail upgrades, drainage clearing and various other incidental improvements also included.

Construction mobilization and median work is scheduled to begin this week, requiring traffic shifts on I-287 in each direction. Major roadway rehabilitation work will start later this fall. According to NJDOT, the highway will be reconstructed in stages to minimize impacts to motorists.

·        All I-287 travel lanes will remain open in each direction during peak-period hours throughout construction, with single and double-lane closures overnight and off-peak hours.
·        Interchange ramps will be repaved utilizing periodic, off-peak closures with detours.
·        The Eden Lane bridge reconstruction work will require the reduction of one travel lane in each direction on I-287, from five lanes to four.

NJDOT will install a real-time work zone travel system along the project route to monitor traffic in the work zone and relay travel time data to the message signs, which then alert motorists of the projected time to travel through the construction zone.

The project is expected to be completed in fall 2014.

Construction on this and another major roadway rehabilitation project to address around four miles of Interstate 80 in Parsippany is being coordinated to ensure that the projects will not impact or interfere with each other, according to NJDOT.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.