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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Joe Dee or Tim Greeley

RELEASE: December 1, 2011


NJDOT opens new entrance ramp from
Rutherford Avenue to Route 3 eastbound in Lyndhurst
Ramp improvements part of Route 3 Passaic River Crossing Bridge replacement project

(Trenton) - A new entrance ramp was opened this morning, providing safer access from Rutherford Avenue in Lyndhurst onto Route 3 eastbound, NJDOT officials today announced.

The new entrance ramp is located at Delafield Avenue, approximately three blocks west of the old ramp, and features a new traffic signal. The new ramp leads to a lengthened acceleration lane onto Route 3 eastbound creating an easier and safer merge for motorists. The old entrance ramp, located east of Jackson Place, presented a tight merge angle with a limited acceleration lane onto the highway which caused backups on Rutherford Avenue eastbound. This ramp has been closed and will be removed.

The location for the new ramp was supported by resolution by Lyndhurst.

Last month, NJDOT also opened two newly reconfigured ramps at the Route 3 interchange with Route 21 on the western side of the Passaic River in Clifton. The ramps were lengthened to provide for safer connectivity and to help reduce congestion throughout the busy interchange.

These ramp improvements are included in the ongoing $149 million, federally-funded Route 3 Passaic River bridge replacement project being constructed the Department’s contractor, a joint venture of J.F. Creamer & Son with Joseph M. Sanzari.

NJDOT is replacing the structurally deficient moveable bridge with a new fixed span over the Passaic River, connecting Clifton City in Passaic County with Rutherford and Lyndhurst in Bergen County. Additional safety and operation improvements are being made along Route 3, including at the interchange with Route 21. NJDOT has staged the project in a manner that will enable Route 3 motorists to cross the Passaic River throughout construction. All work has been coordinated with NJ TRANSIT.

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information.

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