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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Dee or Tim Greeley

RELEASE: April 7, 2011


NJDOT announces I-80 traffic shifts
in Parsippany-Troy Hills
I-80 bridge decks over I-287 northbound and Smith Road
to be reconstructed

(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced upcoming traffic shifts on Interstate 80 in both directions over I-287 northbound and Smith Road in Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County.

On Friday, April 8, NJDOT’s contractor, Sparwick Contracting, is scheduled to shift all I-80 westbound travel lanes to the right. Overnight lane closures will be necessary to implement the new traffic pattern, which will be in place by 6 a.m. Saturday, April 9. In the case of rain Friday night, the traffic shift will take place Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The following Friday, April 15, NJDOT is scheduled to shift all I-80 eastbound travel lanes to the right, establishing the new work zone in the center portion of the highway, defined with concrete construction barrier. This traffic pattern is expected to remain in place for approximately four months.

NJDOT has scheduled the construction to allow for the maximum number of travel lanes to remain open on I-80, I-287 and Smith Road during peak travel times. Construction operations will require periodic overnight closures of the I-80 eastbound ramp to I-287 northbound. During the ramp closures, I-80 eastbound motorists bound for I-287 northbound will use the ramp to I-287 southbound to the CR 511/Parsippany Road interchange to make a U-turn back onto I-287 northbound.

NJDOT began the $6.4 million project to replace the four existing, structurally deficient bridge decks in January, installing safety shielding underneath each bridge. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2012.

NJDOT is replacing these bridge decks in advance of a project, currently in design, that proposes to resurface and reconstruct more than four miles of I-80 through Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Variable message signs will notify motorists of upcoming traffic pattern changes. New Jersey State Police will be utilized as necessary to assist with traffic control. NJDOT provides emergency roadway information, construction schedule updates and real time traffic information and images at www.511nj.org


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