Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017
Lane Closures Needed to Set Up Initial Traffic Shift for Three Year Project
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced a Route 80 westbound lane closure over Route 46/Ledgewood Avenue starting tonight as a state DOT bridge replacement project advances in Roxbury.
Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, Oct. 27, until 7 a.m. tomorrow, DOT’s contractor Ferreira Construction Co., is scheduled to close the left lane of Route 80 westbound approaching the bridge over Route 46 in Roxbury. The closure is required to allow for the installation of construction barriers and to restripe the road to establish a long-term traffic shift.
Route 80 westbound traffic will use the two right lanes and right shoulder to maintain three travel lanes at all times during construction to minimize impacts to motorists. A similar traffic shift will be necessary on I-80 eastbound as the project advances.
Route 80 has three lanes of traffic in each direction through this area carrying an average of 92,000 vehicles over the bridges each day
The $15.1 million federally-funded project will advance in stages, first replacing the Route 80 eastbound bridge, followed by the Route 80 westbound bridge. Each two-span concrete bridge will be replaced by single-span steel girder structure with concrete bridge decks.
Vertical clearance will be raised to 14 feet-9 inches to improve safety for tall vehicles on Route 46, and existing guiderails will be upgraded to current standards. In addition, the bridge piers currently located underneath each bridge will be demolished.
To minimize impacts to motorists, a temporary Route 80 bridge with two travel lanes will be constructed in the median area, and a third lane will be provided on each new bridge, to maintain three travel lanes in each direction as construction progresses. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2020.
Variable message signs and lane closure signs will be utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the bridge replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.
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 www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.