NJDOT announces Broad Avenue traffic shift on bridge over Route 46 in Palisades Park
Contractor has completed replacement of southbound half of structure will now begin work on northbound side
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced that Broad Avenue traffic will be shifted as construction advances on the replacement of the bridge over Route 46 in Palisades Park, Bergen County.
This weekend, NJDOT’s contractor, Berto Construction, is scheduled to implement a traffic pattern change to set up the new construction zone on the northbound half of the bridge. To accommodate that work, NJDOT will close the northbound travel-lane and sidewalk and shift two-way traffic onto the recently reconstructed southbound side of the bridge. The bridge is being replaced in stages – work on the southbound half began last August 2012 - so that at least one travel lane on Broad Avenue will remain open to traffic in both directions at all times.
Large trucks will continue to be restricted from making left-turns onto Broad Avenue from the Route 46 ramps in either direction. Temporary traffic signals will be utilized to manage traffic from all approaches at the intersection and bridge.
Route 46 underneath the bridge experiences periodic traffic impacts during construction including overnight closures in each direction. Dynamic message signs are being utilized to notify motorists of all traffic pattern changes.
The approximately $3.6 million federally-funded project is replacing the old structurally deficient bridge superstructure while slightly raising the vertical under clearance of the bridge. The new bridge will feature new sidewalks and ADA-compliant curb ramps. The Broad Avenue approach roadways will be repaved on either side of the bridge.
Approximately 34,000 vehicles use this bridge every day where heavily-traveled Route 1&9 turns into Broad Avenue in Palisades Park. Motorists continuing on Route 1&9 north ( E. Columbia Avenue) veer off to the east just before the Broad Avenue bridge. The project remains on schedule for completion in early-2014.
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 for real-time travel information.