Bell Road Bridge
to be closed
Traffic will be shifted as the
next phase of the project begins
(Trenton) – New
Jersey Department of Transportation
(NJDOT) officials today announced
a local traffic detour this weekend
as work on the Bell Road Bridge
over Interstate 295 advances
as part of the ongoing Direct
Connection project in Bellmawr
and Mt. Ephraim, Camden County.
NJDOT's contractor, PKF Mark III,
will close all local traffic
across the Bell Road Bridge over
I-295 from 10
p.m. Friday, March 21, to approximately
5 a.m. Monday, March 24, to
repave the approaches to the
newly built northern half of the
bridge and then shift traffic onto
the new structure.
- The detour will use
Browning Road (CR 659) and Black
Horse Pike (Route 168). Emergency
personnel will not be able to
cross the Bell Road Bridge during
the weekend closure.
The Bell Road bridge has been restricted
to a single travel lane (on the
southbound side) serving both directions
since July with traffic being controlled
by two temporary traffic signals
positioned at each end of the bridge.
Once the approaches are paved on
the northbound side of the bridge
, the new portion of the bridge
will be opened - with the single
lane traffic operation shifted to
the northbound side. Work will then
begin to replace the southbound
half of the Bell Road Bridge. This
phase of the project is expected
to be completed in the Summer 2014.
Overnight lane closures are permitted
as necessary on I-295 underneath
the bridge during construction.
This work is part of the Direct
Connection project that will provide
a seamless route for I-295 motorists
traveling through the interchange
of I-295, I-76, and Route 42. The
Bell Road Bridge improvements are
part of the
$160 million Contract 1, which
includes work along I-295 south
of Essex Avenue, along I-76 in the
Market Street area, and along two
Route 42 ramps.
The Creek Road and Bell Road bridges
will be replaced and several stretches
of roadways will be temporarily
widened to accommodate work under
future contracts. Work under this
first contract is expected to be
completed in the fall of 2015.
The Direct Connection project has
been divided into four separate
construction contracts, with completion
of the fourth and final contract
in the fall of 2021. NJDOT's project
website provides construction
activity schedules and updates.
Additional portable variable message
signs are being utilized throughout
the project limits to provide advance
notification to the motoring public
of all traffic pattern changes associated
with Direct Connection.
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.