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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: May 22, 2017

Route 495 westbound closures necessary for three evenings this week as signal work continues
in Hudson County

Temporary full overnight closures required at 15-minute intervals

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the closure of two left lanes on Route 495 westbound between the Lincoln Tunnel and New Jersey Turnpike, as well as temporary 15-minutes full closures of the roadway for three nights this week as the work on dynamic message signs advances in Hudson County.

Each night from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the next day, Tuesday, May 23, Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, NJDOT’s contractor, Orchard Holdings LLC., is scheduled to close a single left lane on Route 495 westbound from Park Avenue in Weehawken to Tonnele Avenue in North Bergen. From 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. each night the left and center lane will be closed. Between 12 midnight and 4 a.m. each night, there will be 15-minute intervals in which Route 495 westbound will be closed entirely to erect bridge mounted sign support structures.

The closures are necessary for the ongoing removal and replacement of overhead signals and infrastructure, which is in preparation for an upcoming Route 495 Viaduct Rehabilitation project expected to begin bridge deck work in 2018.

The $4 million state-funded Information Technology Services (ITS) construction project, which began in September 2015, requires temporary shoulder, lane, and ramp closures due to concrete foundation work and electrical installations. The installations include Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), Variable Speed Limit Signs (VSLS) and Electronic Lane Control Signals (LCS) on westbound Route 495. NJDOT is coordinating with the Port Authority of NY/NJ, the NJ Turnpike Authority, NJ TRANSIT, and local authorities to advance the project in stages and minimize impacts to motorists. The project, which will require additional closures and detours, is expected to be completed in summer 2017.

Construction signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

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  Last Updated:  May 22, 2017