Route 18 and Route 1 lane
closures scheduled for
this weekend as bridge work continues
Work on Route 18 bridge approaches requires detours
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced lane and ramp closures are scheduled for this weekend on Route 18 and Route 1 as the replacement of the Route 18 Bridge over Route 1 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County advances.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and should plan alternative routes and modes if possible.
Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight Friday, October 30, until 5 a.m. Monday, November 2, NJDOT’s contractor Anselmi & DeCicco is scheduled to close the two right lanes of Route 18 northbound and one lane of Route 18 southbound to demolish and reconstruct the bridge approaches on the right side of Route 18 northbound.
At least two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Route 18 throughout the weekend. One lane of Route 18 northbound traffic will be diverted onto the Route 18 southbound bridge using a movable barrier system
The scheduled closures and detours for this weekend are as follows:
Route 1 southbound to Route 18 southbound Detour:
The ramp from Route 1 southbound to Route 18 southbound, and the Route 18 southbound right and center lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
- Motorists traveling on Route 1 southbound to Route 18 southbound will be directed to continue on Route 1 southbound and exit at the Ryders Lane interchange to Route 1 northbound to Route 18 southbound.
Route 18 northbound to Route 1 southbound Detour:
The Route 18 northbound ramp to Route 1 southbound will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
- Motorists traveling from Route 18 northbound to Route 1 southbound will be directed to Route 1 northbound and exit at the Woodbridge Avenue interchange to Route 1 southbound.
Route 1 northbound to Route 18 northbound Detour:
The Route 1 northbound ramp to Route 18 northbound will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
- Motorists traveling from Route 18 northbound to Route 1 northbound will be directed to the Woodbridge Avenue interchange to Route 1 southbound to Route 18 northbound.
Throughout the next few months, there will be additional lane and ramp closures, as well as traffic patterns shifts, at the Route 18 and Route 1 interchange. NJDOT will announce any closures before they are implemented.
The $30 million bridge replacement project is utilizing accelerated bridge construction techniques to minimize impacts to motorists. This involves the use of rapidly deployed moveable construction barrier curb and prefabricated bridge deck. The project is expected to be completed by June 2016.
Portable and overhead variable message signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. 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 and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.