Milestone reached in I-295 reconstruction project
Southbound lanes to reopen in Burlington County
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced today that two lanes of I-295 southbound from Interchange 45/Rancocas-Mount Holly Road (County Route 626) in Westampton to Interchange 57/Route 130 in Bordentown will be reopened Sunday morning, September 19.
In addition to the reopening of two of the three southbound lanes late Sunday morning, all ramps will be reopened. The left-most southbound lane will remain closed until late September to allow crews to install guide rail and remove the temporary crossover lanes. All three southbound lanes will be available to motorists by the end of the month.
Also Sunday, the northbound left and center lanes will be closed for final paving. When work on those lanes is completed, traffic will be shifted to them and the right lane and right shoulder will be closed for final paving. The normal northbound traffic pattern is expected to resume in mid-October.
Motorists should expect temporary intermittent lane closures in off-peak hours for installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), landscaping and drainage repair.
“Our contractors are making excellent progress in this important project,” said Commissioner James Simpson. “We are confident that full travel capacity will be available to motorists in both directions this fall.”
One advantage of closing all southbound lanes is that work crews were able to pave the entire width of the roadway at one time, preventing joints in the asphalt between travel lanes.
The $85 million, eleven-mile project also included 12 bridge deck repairs, upgrading acceleration and deceleration lanes at the interchanges, and new guide rails.