Routes 4 & 17 Reconstruction Interchange
Paramus, Bergen County
The construction on this project has been completed
Built in 1932 as a state-of-the-art cloverleaf, the Routes 4 and 17 interchange in Paramus, Bergen County, is a main transportation connector for
one of the most densely populated regions in the state. It offers access to Routes 208 and 46, I-287 and I-80, the Garden State Parkway, the New
Jersey Turnpike and the George Washington Bridge gateways to New York City, New England and the rest of New Jersey. The interchange also supports
bus routes that serve nearly 20,000 regular passengers.
Designed to carry 9,000 vehicles during rush hour, the interchange now carries more than 17,000 rush hour vehicles, making it one of the most
congested in the state.
Beginning in January 1999, this interchange will be totally reconfigured. The project will cost $120 million, funded solely by the Federal
Highway Administration, and will include these features:
The two new flyover ramps will provide a total of three levels for traffic. The first will connect Route 17 south to Route 4 east (1) and the
second will connect Route 17 north to Route 4 west (2). The existing loop ramp that connects Route 17 north to Route 4 west will be reconstructed
to access the westbound Route 4 lanes.
- Auxiliary Interchange
In addition, an auxiliary interchange will be located
west (towards Fair Lawn) of the main interchange to draw traffic for local
destinations from the main interchange.
- Service Road
A service roadway along Route 4 west will be constructed similar to one that already exists in the eastbound direction to serve local traffic
through the interchange area. To do this, the bridge over Sprout Brook will be widened.
- Other Improvements
This project also calls for widening Route 17 to upgrade the acceleration/ deceleration ramps. Several access roads will be constructed to
businesses and residences in the interchange area, Farview Terrace and Winslow Place will become dead ends from Route 17 and Prospect Street will
be connected to Farview Terrace to replace this access.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation, with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, has worked to minimize the disruptions to the
lives and livelihoods of those who live, work and travel in this area during the reconstruction of the Routes 4 and 17 interchange. We have
accelerated the schedule from three and a half to two and a half years and offered millions of dollars in incentives to the contractor to do even
In addition, working with
NJ TRANSIT, the local communities and businesses, we will enhance our traffic safety operations, bus services and communications in the impacted area.
In the construction area,
- the Routes 4 and 17 interchange will remain operational throughout construction;
- all access to adjacent properties will be maintained;
- rapid incident management response will be in effect and towing will be available Monday through Friday from 5am to 9am and 3 pm to 7 pm and
on Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm; and,
- no travel lanes will be closed from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day and weekdays during morning and evening rush hours.