The New Jersey
Department of Transportation
(NJDOT) is undertaking a project to reconstruct the Route 3, Route 46, Valley Road and Notch/Rifle Camp Road Interchanges to correct existing
operational and safety problems along the Route 3 and Route 46 corridor as these existing problems have resulted in a high occurrence of accidents and chronic
bottlenecks. The project is located in the Township of Little Falls, Borough of
Woodland Park and the City of Clifton in Passaic County. Project limits along Route 46 extend from Lower Notch Road (Little Falls) to Rock Hill Road (Clifton). Along Route 3, the project limits extend from the Route 46/Valley Road Interchange to Grove Street.
Assessment Study was completed in 2001 to
the transportation problems
and needs along Route 46 from
the interchange with Notch
and Rifle Camp Roads in Little
Falls and Woodland Park to
the Route 3/Valley Road Interchange
in Clifton. The following problems were found to exist:
- inadequate acceleration and deceleration lanes
- narrow shoulder widths
- closely spaced driveways and access points
- poor sight distance
- reduced lanes on Route 3 westbound
- deteriorated and substandard bridges
The Feasibility Assessment Study resulted in the
selection of an Initially
Preferred Alternative (IPA), and the project's Environmental Document was approved following completion of the Feasibility Assessment. Following
completion of scope development, NJDOT
re-evaluated the improvements to reduce the project related
impacts and cost without sacrificing
the intent of the original
project purpose and need. The current
plan, referred to as the Proposed
Improvements Plan, reduces utility infrastructure and environmental impacts.
During subsequent stages of design, an analysis of the overall project was completed to determine ways of phasing the proposed improvements into smaller, independent construction contracts. Consideration was given to utility relocation needs and the prioritization of improvements. This resulted in the identification of two independent construction phases - Contract A and Contract B.
The project is currently in Final Design and Construction. The Contract A Construction Contract was awarded on October 29, 2015 with construction activities beginning in December 2015. Construction for Contract A is anticipated to continue until Summer 2018. Contract B is in the Final Design Phase.