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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Joe Dee, Tim Greeley
or Steve Schapiro
RELEASE: November 22, 2013

Route 21 southbound viaduct (McCarter Highway) lane closure to begin this weekend in Newark

Work advances to rehabilitate bridge

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the left lane of Route 21 southbound will be closed between approximately Chester Avenue and 3rd Avenue in Newark, Essex County as the Route 21 southbound viaduct rehabilitation advances.

Beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, NJDOT’s contractor, De Foe Corporation, is scheduled to close the left lane in the southbound direction as work begins to rehabilitate the superstructure and substructure, reconstruct parapets, and replace the deck.

This phase of the project is expected to be completed by next fall, with the project advancing to the reconstruction of the remaining lanes of Route 21 southbound. Two travel lanes will be maintained throughout the project.

The $30.7 million project consists of replacing the deck, installing new parapets, and repairing the superstructure and substructure on the viaduct. In addition, the Route 21 bridge over Chester Avenue also will be replaced as part of this project. Route 21 consists of three lanes in each direction with the southbound viaduct directly over the northbound lanes. The viaduct, which is slightly more than a half-mile, was constructed in the early 1950s and consists of 38 spans. As the project advances, NJDOT will provide updates. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

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