Route 3 westbound traffic pattern change announced for bridge over Hackensack River
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced an upcoming traffic pattern switch on Route 3 westbound over the Hackensack River Bridge connecting Secaucus, Hudson County and East Rutherford, Bergen County.
NJDOT’s contractor, Beaver Concrete Construction Co., is scheduled to set up the new construction zone in the center portion of the bridge Wednesday night, October 5. Overnight lane closures will be utilized on Route 3 westbound for the installation of the construction barrier and traffic striping necessary to establish the new work zone which will be in place by around 6 a.m. on Thursday, October 6.
Once the new construction zone is in place, three travel lanes will be maintained on the westbound bridge during daytime and peak period hours, split around either side of the new work zone. One travel lane will be maintained to the left of the work zone and two travel lanes maintained to the right. Large trucks and buses will be directed to the stay to the right of the new construction zone. Variable Message signs will provide motorists with advance notification of all traffic pattern changes.
The temporary stop sign remains in place at the ramp from Meadowlands Parkway to Route 3 westbound. Truck traffic will continue to be prohibited from using this ramp and is being detoured to Route 3 eastbound to Plaza Center to Paterson Plank Road to Route 3 westbound.
The $17.6 million project is rehabilitating the two individual, structurally deficient bridges carrying Route 3 eastbound and westbound traffic over the Hackensack River. The Route 3 eastbound bridge was constructed circa 1934 and modified in 1964 and the Route 3 westbound bridge was constructed in 1963.
NJDOT has designed the repairs to ensure that three travel lanes on Route 3 westbound and all three travel lanes and the auxiliary lane on Route 3 eastbound remain open to traffic during daytime and peak period hours. The project began construction in February 2011 and is scheduled for completion in late 2012.
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 construction updates and real-time travel information.