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Route 46 and Notch Road Interchange

Little Falls and Woodland Park

Route 3 and Valley Road Interchange

Clifton


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Why is this work necessary?
A: The interchanges are geometrically deficient and create a major bottleneck for vehicles traveling in either direction. Heavy traffic volume during peak periods, inadequate or nonexistent acceleration and deceleration lanes and shoulders lead to irregular driver maneuvers.
   
Q. What is the schedule?
A:

The project schedule is as follows:

Begin Final Design Spring 2009
Community outreach Spring 2010 - Spring 2013
Complete Final Design - Contract A Fall 2014
Start construction - Contract A Spring 2015
Complete Final Design - Contract B Summer 2017
Start construction - Contract B To be determined
   
Q. What parts of Route 46 and Route 3 will be affected?
A: Route 46 from the interchange with Lower Notch Road in Little Falls and Woodland Park to Rock Hill Road in Clifton, and Route 3 from its interchange with Valley Road to just west of Grove Street in Clifton will be affected.
   
Q. Does the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) plan to widen Route 46 or Route 3?
A: No. Route 46 and Route 3 and the various interchanges will be replaced, realigned and relocated. Additional acceleration/deceleration lanes and improved shoulders will be constructed as well as new on-ramps and off-ramps at the interchanges. These ramps will include exclusive left-turn lanes at the terminals. Traffic signals will also be provided and will have coordinated timing to provide an optimum level of service.
   
Q. Has the projectís design been finalized?
A: Not completely, the project is currently in Final Design. The final design may be modified to prevent or mitigate any negative impacts of the project. Community input plays a key role in this process. The NJDOT Project Team is implementing a comprehensive outreach program so that impacts can be addressed in partnership with local communities.
   
Q. How much will it cost and who will pay for it?
A: The estimated cost of this project will be over $150 million in federal and state funds. It has not yet been funded.
   
Q. Will Route 3 or Route 46 be closed during construction?
A: No. During construction traffic will be maintained to provide uninterrupted service in each direction during morning and evening peak hours.
   
Q. How will motorists be notified when work on certain parts of Route 46 and Route 3 affect their daily commute?
A: NJDOT will use variable message signs, radio, traffic reports and its 511NJ Traveler Information web site to alert motorists.
   
Q. What will the area look like when the work is completed?
A: The project map shows proposed improvements.
   
Q. What could delay this project?
A: Environmental permits or availability of funding may cause delays.
   
Q. What are the environmental elements?
A: Environmental issues that will influence the design include wetlands, noise and air quality, possible hazardous materials in adjacent land or water and socioeconomic considerations.
   
Q. Will there be increased noise or pollution to the area during construction?
A: The contract documents will require the construction contractor to conform to all federal and state laws and regulations. Further mitigation measures may be required for construction equipment, because of nearby residences; during the Final Design phase. Contract documents will be developed which will include these mitigation measures.
   
Q. Will there be night construction?
A: Construction hours will be specified to minimize disruption to the local community. However, some night work that conforms to local ordinances may be required to minimize disruption to daily traffic and optimize the construction schedule.
   
Q. How will local air quality be affected by the proposed improvements?
A: Traffic flow will improve and fewer idling vehicles should decreases air pollution.
   
Q. Are noise walls or other sound barriers part of the plan?
A: Noise studies were performed during Preliminary Design to determine existing conditions and the effects of proposed construction to determine if noise mitigation was warranted. During the Final Design phase, various mitigation measures such as architectural enhancement screens and landscaping were discussed with local officials and residents. As part of the project improvements, five noise walls have been proposed to mitigate noise levels within Little Falls, Clifton and Woodland Park.
   
Q. Will any businesses or residences need to be acquired or relocated in order to complete the proposed improvements?
A: Based upon the Proposed Improvements Plan, several residential and commercial properties in all three municipalities will need to be partially or entirely acquired and relocated. NJDOT is responsible for the cost of the moves and finding new locations for the property owners. The relocations are done on a case-by-case basis. NJDOT will contact all affected property owners.
   
Q. How is emergency access being addressed throughout the Route 3 and Route 46 project area?
A: The safety of highway users is a paramount goal of NJDOT. This project is based on the need to improve safety conditions. Emergency access will be enhanced throughout much of the project corridor.
   
 
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