Interstate 78 eastbound Local lane
in Newark to be closed
NJDOT will maintain
four travel lanes during month-long closure
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a planned lane closure for the eastbound Local lanes on Interstate 78 in Newark as work on the $72 million roadway rehabilitation project continues to advance.
NJDOT's contractor, a joint-venture of Ferreira Construction and Crisdel Group, is scheduled to implement a traffic pattern change beginning on the night of Friday, July 12. One of two I-78 Local travel lanes will be closed in the eastbound direction between mileposts 55.3 and 56.7 as work shifts from the right shoulder to the right lane. To maintain four travel lanes in the eastbound direction, a temporary third lane has been added to the Express travel lane from milepost 56.3 to 57.3.
The right Local lanes eastbound will be merged into two lanes west of Exit 56. After Exit 56, the left local lane will continue to lead directly to a crossover to the Express lanes, while only one lane will continue in the Local lanes. This crossover to the Express lanes will bypass Exit 57, however a return crossover from the Express lanes to the Local lanes will allow traffic to use Exit 58 to reach all the destinations served by Exit 57, including Rt. 1 & 9, Route 21, and Newark Liberty International Airport. The Express will have three eastbound lanes between the two crossovers.
Wide loads will be restricted on the one remaining Local lane requiring wide loads to use the Express lanes in the 1.4 mile stretch of construction. These traffic patterns in the eastbound direction are expected to be in place through mid-August.
Construction began in March 2012 on the major roadway rehabilitation with the highway being reconstructed in stages, requiring numerous traffic pattern changes and the closure of one travel lane in each direction at certain locations. A total of four I-78 travel lanes will remain open in each direction during peak period hours throughout construction. Single and double-lane closures will be allowed during overnight and off-peak hours.
This is one of the busiest stretches of highway in New Jersey, with an average of 145,000 vehicles traveling it daily. The new pavement is designed to last up to 20 years. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.