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Q. What's going on?
A. The New Jersey Department of Transportation plans to replace the Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge over the Hackensack River and all its approach ramps.
   
Q. What's the status of the project?
A. The Preliminary Design phase of the project was completed in December 2007 and the Final Design phase is now underway. Contract 1 is under construction and is scheduled for completion in December 2014. Also, Contract 2 is under construction and is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.
   
Q. How much will the project cost?
A. The total cost to replace the bridge and its access ramps is currently estimated at $480 million, funded by federal funds and the Lincoln Tunnel Access Program.
   
Q. When will the project be completed?
A. The project will be constructed in five separate contracts. Contract 1 is under construction and is scheduled for completion in December 2014. Also, Contract 2 is under construction and is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015. The entire project will be completed by Summer 2020.
   
Q. How will the public get updates as the project progresses?
A. This Web site will be updated periodically to reflect project developments. Newspaper and radio traffic reports may also carry stories.
   
Q. Will the existing bridge be maintained?
A. The existing bridge will be maintained until the new structure is in place and traffic can be transferred to the new structure. Maintaining existing traffic patterns throughout construction will be a prerequisite. The superstructure of the existing bridge will be demolished once the new bridge is open to traffic.

 

 
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  Last Updated:  October 14, 2014