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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: August 15, 2018

Lackawanna Avenue northbound and Route 46 closures
necessary this week in Passaic County

Daily closures required for utility work as construction advances 

(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced daytime closures this week of Lackawanna Avenue northbound and overnight closures of Route 46 in both directions for steel beam erection and utility work, as the Route 3/Route 46 Improvement Project advances in Passaic County.

Beginning at 10:30 p.m., Friday, August 17 until 6 a.m. the next day, NJDOT’s contractor J.F. Creamer & Sanzari, is expected to close two lanes on Route 46 eastbound and two lanes on Route 46 westbound to erect steel beams. One lane will be maintained in each direction at all times. Additionally, traffic on Route 46 in both directions will periodically be stopped by NJ State Police for approximately 15 minutes while the beams are erected.

In addition, temporary closures of the northbound lane on Lackawanna Avenue began on Monday and will continue daily from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., weather permitting, through Friday, August 17 or until complete, for drainage and conduit installation work. Local access will be maintained for the residents.

The Route 46 eastbound ramp to Clove Road in Little Falls also will be closed daily from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Thursday, August 16, for PSE&G utility work. If work is completed earlier, the ramps will be reopened accordingly. The following detour will be in place:

Route 46 eastbound ramp to Clove Road:

  • Route 46 eastbound motorists will continue to the next exit for Valley Road
  • Vehicles will make a right from Valley Road onto Normal Avenue
  • Make a right onto Upper Mountain Avenue/Long Hill Road
  • Bear right onto Clove Road

The $40.8 million federally-funded Contract A portion of the Route 3, Route 46, Valley Road and Notch/Rifle Camp Road Interchange Improvements project, which started construction in January 2016, includes the construction of a new two-way service road, three signalized intersections, and two single-lane roundabouts parallel to Route 46 westbound to remove local traffic from the state highway. The project is being accomplished with two contracts, and is expected to be completed in fall 2022.

Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the interchange improvements project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information on upcoming road or ramp 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 or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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  Last Updated:  August 15, 2018