NJDOT to open Clifton Avenue bridge in Newark
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the newly completed Clifton Avenue bridges over the NJ TRANSIT Morristown rail line and I-280 will reopen to traffic by this weekend in Newark, Essex County.
Weather permitting, on Friday, April 8, NJDOT is scheduled to open the newly completed Clifton Avenue bridges over the NJ TRANSIT Morristown rail line and I-280 to traffic and activate the newly upgraded traffic signal at the Clifton Avenue intersection with Eighth Avenue and the I-280 westbound ramps. NJDOT will also reopen the ramp between Clifton Avenue and Nesbitt Street, which accesses I-280 eastbound, at this time.
“Maintaining our state’s transportation infrastructure in a state-of-good promotes safety and is a primary focus of the Department,” said Commissioner James Simpson. “We have increased funding for these types of bridge reconstruction projects in the proposed FY 12 Capital Program which dedicates 1.13 billion for bridge and highway improvements, a 25 percent increase from the current program.”
Clifton Avenue has been closed between Orange Street and Eighth Avenue since December, 2009 to allow for demolition and reconstruction. NJDOT has installed new sidewalks, curbs, guide-rail, fencing, landscaping, and highway lighting on Clifton Avenue.
This $11.9 million project has replaced both the Clifton Avenue and Nesbitt Street bridges over the
NJ TRANSIT Morristown rail line, and replaced the bridge decks on Clifton Avenue and Nesbitt Street over I-280. The bridge approaches between Orange Street and Eighth Avenue have been upgraded on each road as well.
NJDOT made upgrades to the traffic signals at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Eighth Avenue and at the entrance ramp to I-280 westbound. Safety improvements have been made on Lackawanna Avenue and the I-280 ramp between Clifton Avenue and Nesbit Streets. In addition, NJDOT the Clifton Avenue entrance ramp to I-280 eastbound has been signalized to improve safety conditions and operations of the intersection.
Local access to the properties and businesses was maintained along Clifton Avenue, Lackawanna Avenue and Nesbitt Street during construction.