Route 22 eastbound lanes shifted over Rockaway River in Readington
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced an upcoming traffic shift in association with the ongoing replacement of the Route 22 eastbound bridge superstructure over the South Branch of the Rockaway River in Readington Township.
On Friday night, June 17, NJDOT is scheduled to shift both Route 22 eastbound travel lanes to the left, onto a temporary bridge that has been constructed in the median of the highway. To implement this new traffic pattern, single lane closures will be necessary overnight between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next day. Two lanes of Route 22 eastbound traffic will be maintained during daytime hours.
Construction dates are subject to change, weather-depending.
The bridge superstructure is being replaced in three stages. During the initial stage of construction NJDOT’s contractor, Rencor Inc., constructed this temporary bridge structure in the median of the highway which enables NJDOT to maintain both travel lanes on Route 22 eastbound during demolition and reconstruction work.
The $2.2 million project began in March 2011 and is replacing the existing structurally deficient bridge superstructure, as well as making repairs to the bridge abutments and pier. The bridge was built in 1945.
New curbing and guide rails will also be installed. NJDOT will then resurface Route 22 eastbound on either side of the bridge between Oldwick Road (CR 523) and Main Street. Construction is anticipated to be complete in spring 2012.
Variable message signs have been installed to inform motorists regarding any changes in traffic patterns. Motorists are also encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.