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Proposed Improvements

The Route 3, Route 46, Valley Road and Notch/Rifle Camp Road Interchange Improvements Project will address the operational and safety problems identified during the Feasibility Assessment by replacing old bridges, constructing new bridges, reconfiguring ramps, constructing new local roads and improving intersections with traffic signals and roundabouts. More specifically, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) proposes to make operation improvements to the interchanges and improve motorist safety within the project corridor by:

  • widening Route 46 eastbound to provide an auxiliary lane and acceleration/deceleration lanes from Notch Road to Valley Road
  • widening Route 46 westbound to provide an auxiliary lane between Rock Hill Road and St. Philip Drive
  • constructing a two-way service road (proposed Great Notch Road) on the north side of Route 46 connecting Notch Road to Valley Road to remove local traffic from, and reduce weaving along, the Route 46 westbound roadway
  • reconfiguring ramps and replacing structures at the Route 46/Route 3/Valley Road interchanges
  • reconstructing the Notch Road Bridge to improve the structure's physical condition and substandard vertical underclearance
  • replacing the superstructure of the Route 46 Bridge over Lower Notch Road
  • reconstructing the intersection of Notch Road/Rifle Camp Road to improve traffic operations and sight distance
  • constructing three new signalized intersections
  • constructing and realigning the Route 46 eastbound exit and entrance ramps at Clove Road, along with a new bridge structure to grade separate Clove Road over Route 46
  • utility relocations as needed to accommodate the proposed highway improvements project
  • construction of three new Third River culvert structures and the extension of two existing culverts
  • construction of additional miscellaneous structures such as retaining walls, noise barriers and sign support structures
In addition to the structural and geometric considerations, the existing corridor has other infrastructure elements that are non-functioning, deteriorated or beyond routine maintenance. These elements include parapets and railings, lighting, signing, median barriers and structural drainage elements. Through this improvement project effort, these and other infrastructure elements will be brought up to date and specifications where practicable.
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  Last Updated:  January 7, 2016