Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a temporary detour and the closing of two ramps to Route 15 as part of the third stage of a project to replace the Weldon Road-Espanong Road bridge deck over all lanes of Route 15 in Jefferson.

According to NJDOT, the right shoulders on Route 15 will be closed early Tuesday morning, June 4 in both directions in the vicinity of the bridge. The Route 15 southbound ramp to Weldon Road and the ramp from Weldon Road to Route 15 northbound will be closed as well.

A temporary detour will be implemented, utilizing Edison Road and Espanong Road, NJDOT said. Traffic on the bridge will move to the newly resurfaced eastbound lanes and will continue to have one lane maintained in each direction in the vicinity of the Route 15 Bridge as the project progresses.

All travel-lanes on Route 15 will be maintained under the bridge during peak travel hours, with occasional single-lane closures during off-peak hours, according to NJDOT.

The $2.7 million federally-funded project includes replacing the existing, structurally deficient bridge deck and parapets, and minor substructure repair to the concrete piers and abutment walls. The existing bridge was built in 1973.

NJDOT said it anticipates the project being completed by the end of 2013.

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 for construction updates and real-time travel information.