Route 206 traffic to be shifted across bridge
over Black River in Chester
One travel lane to remain open in each direction
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced Route 206 traffic will be shifted across the bridge over the Black River, for ongoing reconstruction efforts, in Chester Township, Morris County.
The $1.3 million federally-funded project is replacing the existing, structurally deficient Route 206 bridge superstructure, repair the bridge abutments and resurface the bridge approaches. The existing bridge was built in 1928.
NJDOT’s contractor, Konkus Corporation, is scheduled to shift Route 206 traffic in each direction to the right, utilizing the existing roadway shoulders, to establish the new work zone in the center of the bridge.Once the construction zone is in place, one lane will be maintained on Route 206 in each direction.
The superstructure replacement work is being accomplished in stages allowing Route 206 to remain open to traffic in both directions during the majority of construction. The use of pre-cast concrete bridge components enables NJDOT to significantly shorten the construction schedule and minimize impacts to traffic. Subsequent construction stage changes will require further traffic pattern changes in the area. All work is weather dependent.
Heavy and wide-load trucks are restricted from using the bridge during construction. Signs are posted on I-80 eastbound and on Route 206 northbound near I-287 alerting truck drivers to this restriction. All marine access are restricted along the Black River between the boat launch from Pleasant Hill Road and Route 206. Signs are posted on Pleasant Hill Road and Hillside Road alerting recreational canoeists and kayakers of this restriction.
NJDOT has coordinated with Chester Township and nearby Roxbury Township officials throughout the design process. The project is expected to be complete in November 2011.
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