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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: September 15, 2017

I-280 westbound traffic shift necessary as
bridge replacement project advances in Essex County

Bridge replacement project requires long-term lane closures

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a long-term traffic shift on I-280 westbound starting this weekend to allow for bridge replacement work to advance, as part of the I-280 and Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project in Essex County.

Beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, September 15, until 7 a.m. Saturday, September 16, NJDOT’s contractor, George Harms Construction Co., Inc., is scheduled to close one lane of I-280 westbound during the overnight hours in order to shift traffic to the left onto the newly constructed I-280 travel lanes between the William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge in Harrison and Clifton Avenue in Newark. The traffic shift will allow for the removal of the I-280 westbound temporary lanes and for the completion of the Route 21 southbound ramp to I-280 westbound. The new configuration is expected to be in place until the end of 2017.

The $93 million federally-funded project, which started construction in September 2015, will demolish and replace existing structurally deficient bridge decks and reconfigure the I-280 and Route 21 interchange to provide full movements and consolidate entrance points. NJDOT has coordinated with local officials throughout the design and construction process. The project is being accomplished in stages and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the interchange improvements project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weatheror 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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