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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso / Marc LaVorgna

RELEASE: October 25, 2004


Lettiere announces completion of overhaul to important stretch of I-80 in Bergen County


(Trenton) New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere announced the completion of repairs to a stretch of one of New Jersey's most heavily traveled interstates.   Improvements to I-80 Westbound through Hackensack, South Hackensack and Teterboro, in Bergen County, include the rehabilitation of structures and ramps that will improve traffic flow and enhance the quality of life for motorists, while creating a safer driving condition.   This $22.2 million project is part of NJDOT's “Fix-it First” strategy of repairing existing roads and bridges before investing in new roadway expansion.

“We must do everything in our power to make our highways safer for the motorists that use our roads, ” Lettiere said.   “We have a responsibility to future generations to preserve our existing roads through regular repair and rehabilitation.”

The purpose of this I-80 rehabilitation project was to relieve traffic congestion and improve driver safety by making operational improvements to local lanes of I-80 Westbound between milepost 65.0 (Route 17 Northbound Entrance Ramp) and milepost 66.5 (Phillips Avenue overpass).   The project also included the rehabilitation of six exit and entrance ramps.

This I-80 project has made significant safety and traffic improvements to one of the busiest corridors in New Jersey; over 55,000 vehicles pass through this 1.5-mile stretch each day.   This corridor is a major conduit, not only for commuters, but also for commerce, allowing for goods to be transported from ports of entry directly to the marketplace via I-80.

During the project, an auxiliary lane from Phillips Avenue (Kennedy Avenue entrance-ramp) to the exit ramp for Wesley Avenue off-ramp was also added.   This improvement eliminates a problem spot for vehicles trying to exit the highway.   This operational improvement is designed to ease traffic congestion.

Improvements will have the effect of adding an additional 12-foot auxiliary travel lane for motorists through the project area.   The left shoulder was also widened from two feet to four feet.   The finished roadway has a 4-foot left shoulder, three 12-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot auxiliary lane for traffic entering and exiting the highway, and a 12-foot right shoulder.   In addition, the Polifly Road exit has 2 auxiliary lanes.   Replacing existing median with concrete “jersey” barriers created additional space allowing for the construction of the additional lanes and wider shoulders.

The $22.2 million “Fix-it First” project also included the rehabilitation of two bridges: I-80 Westbound Local Bridge over Polifly Road, and I-80 Westbound Local Bridge over Green Street.   Rehabilitation of these two bridges included the replacement of abutments, full reconstruction of parts of the bridge superstructure, and repair and replacement of some parapets.

Noise walls have been constructed through roughly one mile of I-80 mainline and adjoining ramps in the project area.   These improvements will significantly reduce noise for local residents living near I-80 and Route 17.   Noise walls have been installed along I-80 Westbound from the bridge over Hudson Street to Phillip Avenue Bridge over I-80, including respective exit and entrance ramps.   In addition, noise walls have been installed along I-80 Westbound from Summit Street onto the Route 17 Northbound ramp.

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