Route 495 eastbound Columbia Avenue exit ramp to be closed and detoured for several weeks as Bridge project advances
Overnight lane closure Exit Ramp will be closed and detoured for several weeks
(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the Route 495 eastbound Columbia Avenue exit ramp to Paterson Plank Road will be closed and detoured beginning tomorrow for several weeks as the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road project advances in North Bergen.
In addition to the ramp closure, one lane of Route 495 eastbound will be closed overnight on Wednesday to pour concrete.
Columbia Avenue exit ramp to Paterson Plank Road closure
Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m, tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Corp, is scheduled to install concrete barrier to close the Columbia Avenue exit ramp to Paterson Plank Road. No lane closures are necessary for the installation of the barrier, however, there will be periodic temporary stopping of Route 495 eastbound traffic for a few minutes during that two-hour time period.
Motorists are advised to expect delays while the barrier is being installed. The exit ramp will be closed and detoured for several weeks. Access from Columbia Avenue to the 30th Street ramp to Kennedy Boulevard will be maintained. The following detour will be in place:
Columbia Avenue Exit to Paterson Plank Road
- Motorists on Route 495 eastbound will be directed to continue on the 30th Street ramp to Kennedy Boulevard
- Turn left on Kennedy Boulevard
- Turn left onto Bergen Turnpike
- Turn left on Union Turnpike
- Turn left on Liberty Avenue
- Stay straight to continue on Paterson Plank Road
Route 495 eastbound lane closure Wednesday night
Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, until 5 a.m. the next day, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Corp, is scheduled to close one lane of Route 495 eastbound to pour the concrete deck. Two lanes will be maintained.
The $90.3 million state-funded project began in September 2017. The project to rehabilitate the nine-span viaduct includes repairs and reconstruction of the bridge deck, replacement and strengthening of deteriorated structural steel, and the repair and painting of the substructure. Construction will be accomplished in stages by first making improvements to local streets in the surrounding areas that will need to handle some of the diverted traffic during bridge construction.
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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