Route 1 traffic shifts announced in North Brunswick
(Trenton) - Route 1 northbound traffic will be routed onto the newly reconstructed bridge over an abandoned rail line and two local access roadways in North Brunswick, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced today.
Route 1 normally carries three travel lanes in each direction over the bridge. To accommodate reconstruction efforts, the right-most lane in each direction has been diverted onto College Farm Road East and College Farm Road West adjacent to the bridge since July 2009, with two lanes of Route 1 maintained in each direction on the structure.
On Friday night, June 3, NJDOT’s contractor, J. Fletcher Creamer and Sons, will shift the right-most lane of Route 1 northbound traffic back onto the reconstructed northbound side of the new bridge.
At the same time, the right lane on the Route 130 northbound ramp to Route 1 northbound will be closed to traffic for approximately 5 weeks. The construction zone in the center portion of the bridge, defined by construction barriers, will remain in place.
NJDOT anticipates returning the right-most lane of Route 1 southbound onto the new bridge later this month. Work will then begin on the inside portion of Route 1 southbound requiring shoulder and left-lane closures. Advance notification will be provided at that time.
The $24.1 million project is replacing the structurally deficient Route 1 bridge with a wider structure over an abandoned Conrail line and two local access roadways in North Brunswick. The two connector roads beneath the structure have been converted to a single roadway. NJDOT is also repaving and making safety improvements on Route 1 between Milltown Road and Ryders Lane in North Brunswick.
Construction is scheduled for completion later this summer 2011.
NJDOT has installed variable message signs on Route 1 to inform motorists of all traffic pattern changes. Real time travel and construction information is available at www.511nj.org