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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Kevin Israel
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: April 14, 2016

Route 3 eastbound
to be closed Friday night in Secaucus


First of three planned Friday-night
closures to repair Paterson Plank Road Bridge

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced mainline Route 3 eastbound will be closed on Friday night to repair the Paterson Plank Road Bridge over Route 3 in Secaucus. In addition, the left lane of Route 3 westbound also will be closed.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15 until 8 a.m. Saturday, April 16, the mainline of Route 3 will be closed completely with traffic directed to the service road to allow demolition work on the Paterson Plank Road overpass. This is the first of three full closures scheduled for Friday nights.

Traffic will be directed to the Route 3 eastbound service road with a tapered lane closure beginning just before the Meadowlands/MetLife Stadium that will gradually close the left lanes, leaving two right lanes open across the Route 3 bridge over the Hackensack River. After crossing the bridge, all traffic will be directed to the service road, which is two lanes.

Route 3 westbound also will have one lane closed overnight during construction.

In addition to the full closure of Route 3 scheduled for three Friday nights, there will be overnight work during the week requiring single or double lane closures on Route 3 eastbound for the next few months. At least one lane of Route 3 eastbound mainline will be maintained week nights during construction. The project is expected to be completed by summer.

Route 120 southbound
The ramp to Route 3/Alternate to New Jersey Turnpike Lincoln Tunnel New York City will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15 until 8 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

  • Traffic on Route 120 southbound heading to Route 3 eastbound will be directed to stay right to use the ramp toward Route 3 east/Meadowlands Parkway Secaucus. Traffic will still be able to access the New Jersey Turnpike and the Lincoln Tunnel.

Paterson Plank Road northbound
Paterson Plank Road northbound also will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15 until 8 a.m. Saturday, April 16 just before Route 3 with the following detour:

  • Traffic will be directed to Route 3 westbound, under the New Jersey Turnpike to the Secaucus exit to Paterson Plank Road

Seek Alternate Routes
Motorists traveling east heading toward Secaucus and the Lincoln Tunnel are advised to seek alternate routes overnight, such as Route 46 or I-80.

The right lane of the Paterson Plank Road northbound bridge over Route 3 has been closed since February 2015 when a tractor trailer traveling on Route 3 struck the overpass. Temporary repairs were made at that time. This project will permanently replace the damaged steel beam and reconstruct the right northbound lane of the Paterson Plank Road Bridge.

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.

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  Last Updated:  April 14, 2016