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Route 46 and Notch Road Interchange

Little Falls and Woodland Park

Route 3 and Valley Road Interchange


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is this work necessary?
A: The interchanges create a major bottleneck for vehicles traveling in either direction. Heavy traffic volume during peak periods, inadequate or nonexistent acceleration and deceleration lanes and shoulders lead to irregular driver maneuvers.
Q. What is the schedule?

The project schedule is as follows:

Begin Final Design April 2009
Community outreach Fall 2010
Complete Final Design Summer 2011
Start construction To be determined
Q. What parts of Route 46 and Route 3 will be affected?
A: Route 46 from the interchange with Notch and Rifle Camp Roads in Little Falls and Woodland Park to Rock Hill Road in Clifton, and Route 3 from its interchange with Valley Road to just west of Grove Street in Clifton will be affected.
Q. Does NJDOT plan to widen Route 46 or Route 3?
A: No. Route 46 and Route 3 and the various interchanges will be replaced, realigned and relocated. Additional acceleration/deceleration lanes and improved shoulders will be constructed as well as new on-ramps and off-ramps at the interchanges. These ramps will include exclusive left-turn lanes at the terminals. Traffic signals will also be provided and will have coordinated timing to provide an optimum level of service.
Q. Has the projectís design been finalized?
A: The project is currently in Final Design and may be modified to prevent or alleviate any negative impacts. Community input plays a key role in this process. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Project Team is implementing an outreach program so that impacts can be addressed in partnership with local communities.
Q. Will Route 3 or Route 46 be closed during construction?
A: No. Traffic will be maintained to provide uninterrupted service in each direction during a.m. and p.m. peak hours.
Q. How will motorists be notified when work on certain parts of Route 46 and Route 3 affect their daily commute?
A: NJDOT will use variable message signs, radio, traffic reports and its 511NJ Traveler Information web site to alert motorists.
Q. What will the area look like when the work is completed?
A: The project map shows proposed improvements.
Q. What are the environmental elements?
A: Environmental issues that will influence the design include wetlands, noise and air quality, possible hazardous materials in adjacent land or water and socioeconomic considerations.
Q. Will there be increased noise or pollution to the area during construction?
A: The contract documents will require the construction contractor to conform to all federal and state laws and regulations. Further improvement measures may be required for construction equipment, because of nearby residences; during the Final Design phase. Contract documents will be developed which will include these mitigation measures.
Q. Will there be night construction?
A: Construction hours will be specified to minimize disruption to the local community. However, some night work that conforms to local ordinances may be required to minimize disruption to daily traffic and optimize the construction schedule.
Q. Will any businesses or residences need to be acquired or relocated in order to complete the proposed improvements?
A: Based upon the Proposed Improvements Plan, several residential and commercial properties in all three municipalities will need to be partially or entirely acquired and relocated. The relocations are done on a case-by-case basis. NJDOT will contact all affected property owners.
Q. How is emergency access being addressed throughout the Route 3 and Route 46 project area?
A: The safety of highway users is a critical goal of NJDOT. Emergency access will be enhanced throughout much of the project corridor.
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  Last Updated:  March 24, 2010