NJDOT announces completion of major rehabilitation along I-287 in Piscataway and Franklin
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced that a $33 million federally-funded major roadway rehabilitation project has reached completion, improving seven miles of Interstate 287 between Exit 5 (Stelton Road) in Piscataway (Middlesex County) and Main Street in Franklin Township (Somerset County).
The project, which began construction in September 2009, has also repaired the bridge decks on I-287 in both directions over Possumtown Road and the I-287 northbound bridge deck over the Easton Avenue entrance ramp. NJDOT’s contractor, Crisdel Group, Inc., also repaired and upgraded the existing guide rail along both directions of the highway.
The improvements are expected to extend the lifespan of the roadway by more than 15 years and the new bridge decks by 50 years.
NJDOT also installed a real-time work zone travel system along the project route. This system monitors traffic flow along the highway and relays travel time data to Variable Message Signs (VMS). The VMS then alert motorists of the projected time to travel through the area.
The project is bookended by two other I-287 resurfacing projects 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.
These additional projects include a $40 million reconstruction project covering almost six miles of the roadway from the New Jersey Turnpike to Stelton Road (I-287 Interchange 5). Traversing Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield in Middlesex County, this project was completed in November 2009.
The other project, which began construction in the spring of 2010, is repairing concrete pavement and resurfacing 7.6 miles of I-287 from Main Street in Franklin Township to a point south of I-78 in Bridgewater Township. That project is anticipated to wrap up in fall 2012.