Route 495 lanes and ramps to be closed and detoured this week for pothole and deck repairs
31st Street Ramp and ramps to NJ Turnpike to be closed
(Trenton) New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today are reminding motorists of a series of overnight ramp and lane closures on Route 495 in both directions for priority pothole and deck repairs scheduled for tonight and tomorrow nights.
Route 495 eastbound is scheduled to have two lanes closed tonight, Wednesday, December 26. In addition, the 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 1&9 north and Paterson Plank Road will be closed and detoured tonight and tomorrow night, Thursday, December 27.
On Thursday night, the ramp from Route 495 westbound to the New Jersey Turnpike will be closed and detoured, and there will be lane closures on the Route 495 westbound ramp to Route 3 west as part of the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road project in Union City, Secaucus and North Bergen, Hudson County.
Route 495 eastbound lane closures
Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, December 26 until 5:30 am the next morning, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Construction Group, will close one lane of Route 495 eastbound. At 11 p.m. a second lane will be closed for priority pothole and deck repairs. At least one lane of Route 495 eastbound will be maintained while the repairs are made.
31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 1&9 north detour:
The 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard also will be closed and detoured between 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning both tonight, Wednesday, December 26, and tomorrow night, Thursday, December 27. The following detour will be in place:
- Traffic wishing to utilize the 31st Street ramp to Route 1&9 north or Paterson Plank Road will be directed to take Kennedy Boulevard to 32nd Street
- Turn left onto 32nd Street
- Turn left onto Union Turnpike
- Turn right onto Route 1&9 north or
- Stay straight and Union Turnpike becomes Paterson Plank Road
Route 495 westbound ramp to the New Jersey Turnpike detour:
Beginning at 9 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, December 27, until 5:30 am the next morning, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Construction Group, will close the Route 495 westbound ramp to the New Jersey Turnpike. The following detour will be in place:
- Motorists on Route 495 westbound will be directed onto Route 3 westbound
- Stay in the right lane toward Secaucus, and take the Secaucus exit onto the Paterson Plank Road overpass
- Travel over Route 3 and make the first right for Route 3 eastbound
- Stay right and take the exit for the NJ Turnpike
After 12 midnight one lane of the Route 495 ramp to Route 3 westbound will be closed for a short duration. One lane on the ramp will be maintained at all times.
The $90.3 million state-funded project to rehabilitate the nine-span Route 495 Bridge includes repairs and reconstruction of the bridge deck, replacement and strengthening of deteriorated structural steel, and the repair and painting of the substructure.
NJDOT created a project-specific website – www.RestoreNJ495.com – which contains a wealth of information about the Route 495 Bridge rehabilitation, and will be updated with relevant new information as work progresses. The Department is carefully coordinating the Route 495 Bridge rehabilitation project with other regional transportation infrastructure projects to minimize traffic congestion.
The Department has a project hotline telephone number, 201.408.8495, and email, DOTOutreachRT495@dot.nj.gov. Anyone who has questions, concerns, or suggestions is encouraged to contact the Project Outreach Team as work progresses.
NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to provide advance notification to motorists of traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
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