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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Kevin Israel
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: January 26, 2016

Route 50 Tuckahoe River Bridge Project
requires detour and lane closure in Upper Township
Truck detour and lane closure needed to advance construction

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a lane closure and truck detour on Route 50 northbound as Tuckahoe River Bridge rehabilitation project moves into a new stage in Cape May County.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27 and continuing until summer 2017, NJDOT’s contractor South State, Inc., will close the northbound shoulder on Route 50 between Mosquito Landing Road and Route 49, and shift traffic onto the newly reconstructed southbound lane as work begins on the northbound shoulder.

The bridge will remain open to passenger vehicles with one lane and a temporary traffic signal allowing alternate traffic. Emergency vehicles will be have controlled access to the signaling system to respond to incidents as necessary. The following truck detour will be in place in both directions until the project is complete:

Route 50 Northbound Truck Detour:
• Trucks traveling on Route 50 northbound will be directed to make a left onto Route 49 westbound.
• Continue on Route 49 by bearing right passing the fork with Weatherby Road.
• Continue on Route 49 westbound and make a right on to CR666/Cape May Avenue.
• Make a right onto First Avenue and continue as First Avenue becomes CR637/Cumberland Avenue, which merges back into Route 50 northbound.

Route 50 Southbound Truck Detour:
• Trucks traveling on Route 50 southbound will be directed to bear right onto CR637/Cumberland Avenue.
• From CR637/Cumberland Avenue, make a left onto CR666/Cape May Avenue.
• Make a left onto Route 49 eastbound.
• Continue on Route 49 eastbound and make a right onto Route 50 southbound.

The $11.7 million federally-funded project, which began in October 2013 will demolish and replace the existing, structurally-deficient bascule lift drawbridge with a new low-level, fixed-span structure over the Tuckahoe River connecting Upper Township in Cape May County with Corbin City in Atlantic County. The project will reconstruct and widen the highway in the vicinity of the bridge, and provide safety and operational improvements at intersections including the addition of new dedicated turn lanes. New sidewalks and curbs will be installed along Route 50 and the existing drainage system will be upgraded. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2017.

Variable message signs and lane closure signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the deck replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.

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.

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  Last Updated:  January 26, 2016