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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Daniel Triana
Judy Drucker
609-530-4280
RELEASE: March 8, 2018


I-78 and Routes 1&9 ramp closures begin this weekend as bridge replacement project resumes in Newark

Detours necessary during ramp closures


(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a full closure this weekend of the I-78 eastbound ramp (Exit 58A) to Routes 1&9 southbound/Port Newark, and the I-78 westbound/Route 1&9 southbound ramps to Port Newark, as the bridge deck replacement project resumes in Newark.

Beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 9 until 5 a.m. Monday, March 12 and continuing every weekend until late 2018, NJDOT’s contractor Union Paving and Construction Inc., will close Exit 58A: the I-78eastbound ramp to Routes 1&9 southbound/Port Newark and the I-78 westbound/Route 1&9 southbound ramps to Port Newark to resume bridge deck reconstruction.

The first stage of construction, which replaced the bridge decks on the Port Street ramp to Route 1&9 Southbound/I-78 Eastbound and Westboundwascompleted inOctober 2017. The precast bridge deck panels and approach slabs were manufactured in 2017 and will be installed this year on the remaining ramps - the Route 1&9 northbound local ramp to Port Street; the I-78 eastbound ramp (Exit 58A) to Routes 1&9 southbound/Port Newark; and the I-78 westbound/Route 1&9 southbound ramps to Port Newark.

The last stage in construction, which is now beginning includes final deck and slab installations, as well as new parapets, guiderails and lighting. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2018. The project is being completed in stages with the majority of work being done overnight or on weekends to minimize impacts on motorists and marine terminal traffic.

The following detours will be in place on weekends starting on Friday at 6 p.m. until Monday 5 a.m. for several months.

I-78 eastbound Detours:

From I-78 eastbound Local (Primary)

  • Take Exit 57, keep left and follow signs for Newark Airport
  • Stay right and take exit for Routes 1&9 northbound
  • Follow to exit for Port Newark

From I-78 eastbound Local (Secondary – If vehicles misses Exit 57)

  • From I-78 eastbound Local-keep right onto Routes 1&9 southbound Local
  • Follow Routes 1&9 southbound Local to McClellan Street
  • Exit right to cross over and merge onto Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Keep right to continue on Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow to exit for Port Newark



I-78 westbound Detours:

From I-78 westbound Local (Primary)

  • Keep right at closure onto Routes 1&9 southbound Local
  • Follow Routes 1&9 southbound Local to McClellan Street
  • Exit right to cross over and merge onto Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Keep right to continue on Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow to exit for Port Newark

From I-78 westbound Local (Secondary – if vehicles miss Routes 1&9 southbound exit)

  • Follow I-78 westbound ramp, stay right to Exit 57/Routes 1&9 southbound
  • Follow signs to Routes 1&9 southbound, stay on Routes 1&9 southbound to McClellan Street
  • Exit right to cross over and merge onto Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow signs to continue on Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow to exit for Port Newark



Routes 1&9 southbound Detours:

From Route 1&9 southbound (Primary)

  • Do not exit at I-78 westbound, stay on Routes 1&9 southbound
  • Follow Routes 1&9 southbound Local to McClellan Street
  • Exit right to cross over and merge to Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Keep right to continue on Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow to exit for Port Newark

From Routes 1&9 southbound (Secondary – if vehicles take I-78 Westbound Exit)

  • Keep left at ramp closure
  • Follow I-78 westbound ramp, keep right at Exit 57
  • Follow signs to Routes 1&9 southbound, stay on Routes 1&9 southbound to McClellan Street
  • Exit right to cross over and merge onto Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow all signs to continue on Routes 1&9 northbound Local
  • Follow to exit for Port Newark

The $26.6 million federally-funded Route 78 over Routes 1&9 Bridge deck replacement project which started in February 2017, will replace three structurally-deficient bridge decks over Routes 1&9 with new pre-cast bridge deck panels, precast pavement panels, parapets, guiderail and lighting.

Variable message signs and lane closure signs will be utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the deck replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weatheror other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.


 
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  Last Updated:  March 8, 2018