Route 35 traffic shift announced
over Cheesequake Creek
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced a traffic staging change on Route 35 as major rehabilitation work begins on the drawbridge over Cheesequake Creek connecting Old Bridge and Sayreville in Middlesex County.
On Friday night October 14, NJDOT’s contractor, Agate Construction Co., will begin construction operations to rehabilitate the southbound side of the bridge. To accommodate that work, the southbound side of the bridge will be closed with two-way traffic shifted onto the northbound travel lanes. Route 35 will be reduced from two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane, which will be maintained at all times. The new traffic pattern is expected to take two nights to be implemented and will be in place by 6 a.m. Sunday, October 16.
This stage of construction is anticipated to last six months, at which time traffic will be shifted onto the newly rehabilitated southbound bridge and work will begin on the northbound side.
The $25 million project will replace the bridge decks, sidewalks, railings and median on the 70-year-old structure. The deck joints and structural steel elements will be repaired and the bridge will be repainted. The out-dated electrical/mechanical systems on the movable bascule span will also be rehabilitated and new safety barrier gates will be installed. NJDOT has designed the bridge rehabilitation to be accomplished in stages, working on one side of the bridge at a time. Removing live traffic from the side of the bridge being worked on will facilitate faster and safer rehabilitation operations.
The existing 710-foot long bridge carries approximately 35,000 vehicles per day over the Cheesequake Creek and a Route 35 U-turn ramp. The structure has deteriorated over time, requiring costly, annual maintenance work to keep it operational. The project is anticipated to be complete by fall 2013.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org real-time travel information.