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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Erin Phalon or Tim Greeley

RELEASE: May 13, 2008


NJDOT to reconstruct I-287 bridge over Route 1


(Trenton)–The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced upcoming traffic pattern changes on the I-287 northbound bridge over Route 1 in Edison. The traffic pattern changes are part of the $40 million reconstruction of Interstate 287 from the New Jersey Turnpike to Stelton Road (Exit 5) in Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield, Middlesex County.

On Friday, May 16, NJDOT will shift the two left-most lanes of I-287 northbound over the recently installed temporary bridge, constructed in the median. These lanes of traffic will rejoin mainline I-287 just north of Route 1. The two right lanes of I-287 northbound will be shifted to the left over the existing bridge. The acceleration and deceleration lanes from Route 1 onto I-287 northbound will be closed. This traffic pattern will be in place for approximately one month.

NJDOT is simultaneously reconstructing the I-287 southbound bridge over Durham Avenue in South Plainfield.

NJDOT began the rehabilitation of the deteriorated I-287 on July 30, 2007 and will complete construction in November 2008. The project will extend the lifespan of the roadway by over 15 years and the new bridge decks by 50 years.

NJDOT has installed a real-time work zone travel system along the project route. This system monitors traffic in the work zone and relays travel time data to Variable Message Signs (VMS). The VMS then alert motorists of the projected time to travel through the construction zone. VMS installed along Route 287 and the N.J. Turnpike alert motorists of upcoming construction activities and traffic pattern changes.

NJDOT is working with the State Police to maintain safe conditions for workers and motorists in the construction zone. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website, www.njcommuter.com, for project updates.


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