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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Tim Greeley or Joe Dee
609-530-4280
RELEASE:September 20, 2010

 

NJDOT to begin major I-287 rehabilitation
project in Bridgewater

(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that construction will begin next week on a major roadway rehabilitation project that promises a safer, smoother ride for thousands of commuters who travel each day on a section of Interstate 287 in Somerset County.

The $17.7 million project, being built with federal funds, will improve more than seven miles of I-287 from the vicinity of Main Street (milepost 12.9) to south of I-78 (milepost 20.6) in Bridgewater Township. The project also will repair and resurface four individual bridge decks on I-287 in both directions over Route 22 in both directions. NJDOT will also install new Intelligent Transportation System equipment including as permanent Variable Message Signs and traffic cameras along 287 within the project limits.

“I-287 is a high-volume commerce corridor used by tens of thousands of motorists every day. Because this roadway helps drive the economy of New Jersey, this rehabilitation project is a wise investment,” said Transportation Commissioner James Simpson.

On or about Tuesday night, September 28, NJDOT will begin construction mobilization, installation of advance warning signs and site surveying. Major roadway rehabilitation work will start this fall with off-speak single and double lane closures will be allowed as follows:

I-287 northbound

  • Single lane closures will be allowed on I-287 between milepost 12.9 to 19 (three-lane section of highway) Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day, Saturday 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next day and Sunday 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.
  • Double lane closures will be allowed on I-287 between milepost 12.9 to 19 (three-lane section of highway) Monday to Thursday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, Friday 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, Saturday 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day and Sunday 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.

I-287 southbound

  • Single lane closures will be allowed on I-287 between milepost 12.9 to 19 (three-lane section of highway) Monday to Thursday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, Friday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day, Saturday 10:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next day and Sunday 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.
  • Double lane closures will be allowed on I-287 between milepost 12.9 to 19 (three-lane section of highway) Monday to Thursday 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, Friday 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, Saturday 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day and Sunday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.

I-287 in both directions

  • Single lane closures will be allowed on I-287 between milepost 19 to 20.5 (two-lane section of highway) Monday to Thursday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, Saturday 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day and Sunday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.
  • Full ramp closures are allowed nightly between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day.

NJDOT will install a real-time work zone travel system along the project route. This system monitors traffic in the work zone and relays travel time data to Variable Message Signs, alerting motorists of the projected time to travel through the construction zone.

The $17.7 million construction contract was awarded to Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC on August 5. The project will extend the lifespan of the roadway by more than 15 years and the new bridge decks by 50 years. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012.

The project picks up at the terminus of two other I-287 rehabilitation projects – a completed $40 million roadway rehabilitation from Edison to South Plainfield and a $29 million on-going rehabilitation from Piscatway to Franklin - that will result in a total of 20.5 contiguous miles of smoother, safer travel lanes for I-287 motorists in Middlesex and Somerset counties.

NJDOT is working with the State Police to maintain safe conditions for workers and motorists in the construction zone. Variable Message Signs installed along Route 287 and N.J. Turnpike alert motorists of upcoming construction activities and traffic pattern changes. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website, www.511nj.org for traffic updates.

 
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