Route 50 Tuckahoe River Bridge overnight work completed ahead of schedule
Weekend summer detours continue as construction advances
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that the bridge work requiring overnight closures of Route 50 at the Tuckahoe River Bridge this week was completed ahead of schedule, allowing for the rehabilitation project to advance in Cape May County.
The installation of new bridge girders, originally scheduled for three nights this week, beginning yesterday, Tuesday, June 21 was completed in one night by NJDOT’s contractor South State, Inc. Motorists are no longer required to follow the existing truck detour tonight or tomorrow night.
As a reminder for this Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, and continuing every weekend until the end of the summer, NJDOT’s contractor South State, Inc., will detour motorists from Route 50 southbound between Mosquito Landing Road and Route 49, past the construction zone to accommodate the expected summer traffic. All motorists will follow the existing southbound truck detour on the following days and times throughout the summer.
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Route 50 Southbound Detour:
• Motorists traveling on Route 50 southbound will be directed to bear right onto CR637/Cumberland Avenue.
• From CR637/Cumberland Avenue, make a left onto CR666/Cape May Avenue.
• Make a left onto Route 49 eastbound.
• Continue on Route 49 eastbound and make a right onto Route 50 southbound.
Access to local roads will be maintained for local traffic.
Motorists heading to Cape May in the summer are strongly urged to use alternate routes. Delays are expected because of the ongoing construction.
The $11.7 million federally-funded project, which began in October 2013 will demolish and replace the existing, structurally-deficient bascule lift drawbridge with a new low-level, fixed-span structure over the Tuckahoe River connecting Upper Township in Cape May County with Corbin City in Atlantic County. The project will reconstruct and widen the highway in the vicinity of the bridge, and provide safety and operational improvements at intersections including the addition of new dedicated turn lanes. New sidewalks and curbs will be installed along Route 50 and the existing drainage system will be upgraded. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2017.
Variable message signs and lane closure signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the deck replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.
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 and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.