I-80 westbound traffic shift required for bridges replacement project in Morris County
Lane closure tonight to set up long-term traffic shift
(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced an I-80 westbound lane closure as the I-80 Bridges over Route 46/Ledgewood Avenue replacement project advances in Roxbury, Morris County.
Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, October 27 until 7 a.m. tomorrow, NJDOT’s contractor Ferreira Construction Co. Inc., is scheduled to close the left lane of I-80 westbound approaching the bridge over Route 46 in Roxbury to install construction barriers and restripe the roadway to establish a long-term traffic shift. I-80 westbound traffic will use the two right lanes and right shoulder to maintain three travel lanes at all times during construction to minimize impacts to motorists. A similar traffic shift will be necessary on I-80 eastbound as the project advances.
The $15.1 million federally-funded project will advance in stages, first replacing the I-80 eastbound bridge, followed by the I-80 westbound bridge. Each two-span concrete bridge will be replaced by single-span steel girder structure with concrete bridge decks. The vertical clearance will be raised to 14 feet-9 inches to improve safety for tall vehicles on Route 46, and existing guiderail will be upgraded to current standards. In addition, the bridge piers currently located underneath each bridge will be demolished.
In order to minimize impacts to motorists, a temporary I-80 bridge with two travel lanes will be constructed in the median area, and a third lane will be provided on each new bridge, to maintain three travel lanes in each direction as construction progresses. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2020.
Variable message signs and lane closure signs will be utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the bridge 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.