Posted Friday, February 17th, 2012

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a project to reconstruct the Salem Street Bridge over Route 10 in Randolph Township.

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

The DOT said initial utility relocation work and preliminary construction setup is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 20. The relocation of overhead electrical lines will require single-lane closures on Route 10 westbound below the bridge during off-peak and overnight hours.

As early as mid-march, the DOT said its contractor, Konkus Corporation, will require a full closure and detour of the Salem Street overpass for approximately six months. Notification will be provided in advance and signage will be installed to provide detour information, according to the DOT.

In a release, the DOT said 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 widen the existing roadway shoulders, replace and upgrade existing guide rails and resurface the bridge approaches on Salem Street to conform to the new bridge height.

In addition, minor improvements will be made to the traffic signal, sidewalks and lane striping at the Route 10 intersection with Franklin Road, located to the east of the Salem Street overpass.

NJDOT said it will maintain three travel lanes on Route 10 in each direction below the overpass during peak period hours, utilizing traffic shifts. However, single-lane closures may be necessary on Route 10 during off-peak hours.

Short-term full closures of Route 10 will be required periodically during overnight hours for demolition work on the overpass.

The existing overpass was constructed in 1960 and carries more than 11,000 vehicles per day. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

The DOT said variable message signs will be deployed on Route 10 to notify motorists of pending construction and any upcoming traffic pattern changes. 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