South Marginal Street bridge deck over Park Avenue
to be replaced in Weehawken
NJDOT will reduce roadway from two lanes to one during construction
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation today announced the replacement of the South Marginal Street bridge deck over Park Avenue in Weehawken, Hudson County.
Initial construction is scheduled to begin this Saturday, May 19, with NJDOT’s contractor, Sparwick Contracting Inc., implementing a long-term closure of the left travel lane, reducing South Marginal Street from two travel lanes to one.
The bridge deck replacement will be accomplished in two stages, with one lane of traffic maintained at all times. Pedestrian access will be maintained along South Marginal Street. The last eastbound local exit ramp off of Route 495 (for Weehawken/Hoboken/Ferries to NYC) will also be reduced from two lanes to one during construction.
South Marginal Street is a one-way (eastbound) connector roadway running parallel to the Route 495 eastbound elevated highway leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. South Marginal Street carries traffic underneath the Lincoln Tunnel helix, providing access to Weehawken and Hoboken waterfront destinations as well as to the Lincoln Tunnel.
In addition to the replacement of the existing structurally deficient bridge deck, NJDOT will resurface the bridge approaches and upgrade the existing sidewalks in the area immediately adjacent to the bridge. The $1.3 million project will also make structural repairs to an adjacent section of the Route 495 viaduct support structure. Construction is scheduled for completion, with all lanes reopened to traffic, in late-September 2012.
NJ State Police will handle traffic management around the area during peak travel hours.
Many of NJ TRANSIT’s bus routes traveling on eastbound South Marginal Street may operate with delays near the immediate construction area. All customers on these affected bus routes are advised to allow for extra travel time getting to and from their destination.
NJDOT is utilizing Dynamic Message Signs to notify motorists of the upcoming traffic pattern changes. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information.