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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill or Erin Phalon

RELEASE: April 24, 2006

NJDOT to break ground on Route 280 Hyperbuild Project in Roseland

NJDOT to replace bridge in only 3 weeks

(Trenton)-Commissioner Kris Kolluri today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on April 28 will begin its replacement of the Route 280 Eastbound Bridge located from mileposts 3.37-4.71 over the Morristown-Erie Railroad in Roseland, Essex County.   NJDOT will replace the bridge, which is structurally deficient, within three weeks.


"Under the Hyperbuild initiative, NJDOT uses innovative design and construction techniques in order to minimize project costs and inconvenience to motorists," said Commissioner Kolluri. "In this instance, NJDOT designed the replacement bridge in-house and fabricated the bridge decks off-site in order to accelerate the delivery of the project."


NJDOT will replace the bridge's deck and beams in only three weeks by implementing Hyperbuild techniques. NJDOT's contractor, Union Paving & Construction, will fabricate the deck panels and store them offsite until they are installed. NJDOT successfully used a similar method to replace bridge decks on Route 1 at Olden Avenue in Trenton and the Route 46 Overpeck Creek Bridge in Ridgefield Park under an accelerated construction schedule.


NJDOT also designed and contracted the $4 million, federally funded Route 280 Eastbound Bridge replacement project on an aggressive schedule. The Department identified the existing bridge's structural deficiencies during a routine, biannual i nspection in May 2005, which determined that that 10 of the bridge's 12 beams had partially failed, resulting in a four-inch drop in the deck on the western end of the structure. Within a week, NJDOT performed emergency repairs to ensure the existing bridge's safety and began designing a replacement bridge. NJDOT solicited bids for the construction of the replacement bridge in early August and awarded the contract in early October 2005.    


The Hyperbuild project strategy condenses the scoping, design, and construction phases of a road project's development.  NJDOT implements new and innovative construction and design concepts to streamline projects and accelerate their delivery.


In order to complete this project quickly, NJDOT will construct the new bridge by closing all eastbound lanes and shifting traffic to the westbound lanes. Temporary shifting of traffic and the temporary closure of some travel lanes is required.   These shifts and closures are being strategically implemented to expedite the project and minimize any inconvenience to motorists.  

Starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 28, NJDOT will make the following changes to existing traffic patterns on Route 280 in Roseland in order to accommodate the necessary construction:


  • All eastbound lanes will be diverted into the westbound lanes. Two lanes will remain open in both directions at all times between Exits 4 and 5.


  • Eisenhower Parkway northbound and southbound ramps to I-280 East will be closed.   Traffic will be detoured via I-280 West to U-turn at Exit 1.


  • I-280 East ramps to Eisenhower Parkway northbo und and southbound will be closed.   Traffic will be detoured by continuing on I- 280 East to U-turn at Exit 5.  


NJDOT is undertaking an extensive public outreach effort to notify motorists of upcoming temporary changes to traffic patterns. NJDOT has placed variable message signs for motorists on westbound I-280 near Exit 6, on eastbound I-280 before Exit 1 and on Eisenhower Parkway northbound and southbound. In addition, NJDOT has posted directional signs throughout the detour route to guide motorists.


Motorists also may access traffic information and updates through NJDOT's website at the following link:http://www.njcommuter.com

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