Posted Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The New Jersey Department of Transportation on Tuesday will be changing the traffic pattern as part of a project to improve and upgrade the Route 10 and Route 53 interchange in Morris Plains and Parsippany.

After the morning rush hour on Sept. 7, NJDOT is scheduled to close the existing Route 10 westbound ramp to/from Route 53 and open the new Route 10 westbound ramp Tabor Road North) and signalized intersection with Route 53.

The new permanent traffic signal will be activated, at which time the final configuration of the new intersection will take effect. The new ramp makes use of existing Tabor Road north as the access to Route 53.

The new Route 10 eastbound connections to/from Route 53 were opened in late-July.

NJDOT said it is maintaining three lanes in each direction on Route 10 and one lane in each direction on Route 53 during normal work hours.

According to NJDOT, the $7.5 million interchange improvement project will increase safety and decrease congestion throughout the convergence of busy Route 10 and Route 53 by eliminating the redundant Route 10 eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps.

New acceleration lanes will also be installed on Route 10, and NJDOT said it will reconstruct Route 53 to provide dedicated turning lanes at the Tabor Avenue and Foxwood Drive intersections to help reduce the queuing of traffic on Route 53.

Nighttime temporary lane closures are allowed on both highways, as needed.

The state-funded project is anticipated for completion in May 2011.

Variable message signs will notify motorists of any upcoming traffic pattern changes. NJDOT provides emergency roadway information, construction schedule updates and real time traffic information and images at .