Route 50 Tuckahoe River Bridge traffic shift
Truck detour and alternating traffic remain as project advances
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a traffic shift onto the newly reconstructed portion bridge, allowing the Route 50/Tuckahoe River Bridge rehabilitation project to advance in Cape May County.
Starting at 7 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m., on Friday, September 9, NJDOT’s contractor South State, Inc., will shift traffic on Route 50 at the Tuckahoe River Bridge onto the newly reconstruction west side of the bridge to prepare for the demolishing and reconstruction of the east side of the bridge. The bridge will continue to have one lane of alternating traffic with temporary traffic signals. Access to local roads will be maintained for local traffic.
Motorists should expect delays in the area because of the ongoing construction. Trucks will continue to follow the existing detours between Mosquito Landing Road and Route 49:
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
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.
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 any changes affecting traffic.
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.