Lettiere, Frelinghuysen break
I-287/Route 24 improvements
$4.6 million project will widen ramp, relieve congesion
(Hanover Township) – New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen helped break ground today on a project that will relieve traffic backups and congestion at Interstate 287 and Route 24.
The $4.6 million project will widen the existing southbound ramp off of I-287 onto Route 24 east, preventing congestion and traffic delays. Backups have been common during rush hours, forcing motorists to form lines that stretch as far back as the I-287 interchange with Route 10 and even I-80.
“This project is just another example of Governor McGreevey’s commitment to relieving congestion and improving the quality of life for commuters,” said Lettiere. “Intersection by intersection and highway by highway, our engineers are finding new ways to make our roads safer and more efficient.”
The project is funded with federal monies.
"With the help of Federal Highway dollars, the addition of an extra lane
from 287 to Route 24 east will help alleviate congestion and ultimately help commuters and area residents alike spend less time stuck in 'bumper to bumper' traffic,” said Frelinghuysen.
Lettiere and Frelinghuysen were joined by Assemblyman Alex DeCroce and Hanover Township Mayor Ron Francioli.
“Since the opening of the Route 24 Freeway, nightmarish conditions have become commonplace at the entrance to this ramp,” said DeCroce. “It was soon evident that we had to convince DOT to pursue the ramp expansion to two lanes in order to relieve the stress for commuters during peak hours. I am pleased that today we begin this long-awaited project.”
Construction will be completed by winter.