Reminder new traffic pattern on
I-76 westbound begins this week
Market Street and Route 130 northbound
exit ramps to be closed overnight
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a reminder of a new traffic pattern announced last week on I-76 westbound that will be implemented Thursday night as part of the Direct Connection project in Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City, Camden County.
Beginning 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday June 5, until about 5 a.m. Friday, June 6, the I-76 westbound Exit 1C (Market Street) and Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound), will be closed, as well as the three right local lanes of Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound.
All Route 42 northbound traffic will be directed to the two express lanes that are shifted onto the eastbound roadway using a temporary median crossover after Exit 1B and just past the Browning Road overpass before Market Street.
I-295 southbound Exit 26 to I-76 westbound also will be closed overnight. The following detours will be in place:
I-76 westbound Exit 1C (Market Street) and Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound) Detour:
- Motorists on I-76 westbound will be directed to stay right and take the I-676 split (Exit 2) to Collings Road (Exit 1) westbound. From there motorists take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1C (Route 130 southbound) to the Market Street Exit to Route 130 northbound.
I-295 southbound Exit 26 to I-76 westbound Detour:
- Motorists on I-295 southbound will be directed to Exit 25A (Delsea Drive) to I-295 northbound to Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound.
NJDOT's contractor, PKF Mark III, will install barrier curb to split traffic in the existing I-76 westbound local lanes for about one mile with a single local lane to the left and two local lanes to the right with a work zone in between. By 5 a.m. Friday, June 6 the new traffic pattern will be in place.
Motorists wishing to use Exit 1C (Market Street) and Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound) will need to stay in the right local lane. This traffic pattern will be in place for the next several weeks.
Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with Direct Connection. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming lane closures or traffic shifts.
This work is part of the Direct Connection project that will provide a seamless route for I-295 motorists traveling through the interchange of I-295, I-76, and Route 42. The I-76 reconstruction in the Market Street area is part of the $160 million Contract 1, which includes work along I-295 south of Essex Avenue, and the replacement of the Creek Road and Bell Road bridges.Work under this first contract is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.
The Direct Connection project has been divided into four separate construction contracts, with completion of the fourth and final contract in the fall of 2021. NJDOT's project website provides construction activity schedules and updates.
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 www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.