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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Tim Greeley or Joe Dee
RELEASE: May 11, 2012

NJDOT announces Route 120 resurfacing project in Carlstadt and East Rutherford

(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced a project to resurface more than two miles of Route 120 in both directions from the Route 3 interchange to Berry’s Creek in the boroughs of East Rutherford and Carlstadt in Bergen County.

“This project will benefit thousands of motorists and demonstrates the Christie Administration’s commitment to funding state-of-good-repair projects throughout New Jersey,” NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said. “Our FY 13 budget proposes $311 million in pavement resurfacing and reconstruction investments to help keep New Jersey motorists safe.”

NJDOT’s contractor, Della Pello Paving Inc., is scheduled to start preliminary construction activities including site mobilization and sign installation this weekend, requiring shoulder closures. The $2.2 million project will resurface Route 120 mainline in both directions with a new surface course of asphalt pavement and will also address the roadway shoulders and selected ramps. The contractor will make targeted deck patching and crack-sealing improvements prior to resurfacing the highway.

Work requiring single-lane closures will be performed during off-peak hours in order to minimize traffic impacts on Route 120, a heavily traveled corridor located adjacent to the Meadowlands. NJDOT will maintain all travel lanes on Route 120:

• Between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
• Between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Construction operations will be prohibited during events at the Izod Center, New Meadowlands Stadium or Meadowlands Racetrack. Access to all businesses and residences along the state highway will be maintained throughout construction. Dynamic message signs will notify motorists of upcoming traffic pattern changes.

Upgraded signage, curbing, roadway striping and guide rail will also be provided throughout the project limits. New image detection cameras will be installed at certain intersections to replace the existing, underground loop detectors. These cameras are linked to traffic signals and help maximize the capacity of Route 120. They detect vehicles waiting to enter or cross Route 120 and activate a signal sequence.

Route 120 carries approximately 50,000 vehicles per day through this busy location. The project is scheduled for completion by fall 2012.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website real-time travel information.


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  Last Updated:  May 14, 2012