NJDOT to replace I-80 eastbound bridge over Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the beginning of work to reconstruct the Interstate 80 eastbound bridge superstructure over Berkshire Valley Road in the Township of Roxbury, Morris County.
Over the weekend of Friday, April 8, NJDOT’s contractor, Crisdel Group Inc., shifted I-80 eastbound traffic onto a temporary bridge located in the median of the highway. I-80 eastbound traffic will remain on the temporary bridge through the fall of 2011, when the original traffic pattern will be restored.
The temporary bridge enables NJDOT to maintain three travel lanes on I-80 during the demolition of the existing bridge decks and construction of the new decks. By keeping traffic and vibrations away from the construction, the new bridge decks are expected to last significantly longer than bridge decks built with conventional traffic staging.
The $11 million federally funded project is replacing the structurally deficient I-80 bridge decks over Berkshire Valley Road in both travel directions, as well as constructing new bridge support beams and bearings.
NJDOT completed the reconstruction of the westbound bridge over Berkshire Valley Road in December 2010.
Variable message signs on I-80 are in place to notify motorists of upcoming construction and traffic pattern changes. NJDOT provides emergency roadway information, construction schedule updates and real time traffic information and images at www.511nj.org