Route 206 bridge replacement over CSX railroad progresses in Montgomery
Traffic shifts scheduled to accommodate construction
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that the ongoing replacement of the Route 206 bridge over CSX railroad tracks will be entering the next phase of construction next week in Montgomery Township, Somerset County.
Due to construction scheduling changes, these traffic pattern changes which originally had been scheduled for April, will now begin Monday.
On Monday, May 16, NJDOT’s contractor, Ritacco Construction, is scheduled to begin connecting the existing roadway to the new bridge alignment on the eastern side of Route 206. Single-lane closures with alternating traffic can be expected on Route 206 daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for approximately one week. Once the new traffic pattern is implemented, the right shoulder on Route 206 northbound will remain closed with one travel lane maintained in each direction.
In June, new work zones will be established on CR 601 (Trent Avenue) and Reading Boulevard with one travel lane maintained in each direction on both local roadways. Notification will be provided in advance of any further traffic pattern changes.
The $11.2 million federally funded project is replacing the existing, structurally deficient bridge with a new structure, featuring full-width shoulders and sidewalks, on a new alignment approximately 200 feet south of the existing bridge. The new roadway and bridge alignment will improve the geometry of the Route 206 approach roadways. The project will also improve the substandard geometry on CR 601 and reconfigure the existing multi-leg intersection of Route 206 and CR 601 to a signalized intersection.
Construction operations began off the highway in August 2010. NJDOT designed the project to allow Route 206 traffic to be maintained on the existing structure during the construction of the new bridge. The new bridge is expected to open spring 2012. All work is weather dependent.
NJDOT has coordinated closely with Montgomery Township officials during all stages of planning for this project, dating back to 2001.
Variable message signs will notify motorists of upcoming traffic pattern changes. NJDOT provides emergency roadway information, construction schedule updates and real time traffic information and images at www.511nj.org