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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Mairin Bellack
RELEASE: January 11, 2019

I-295 northbound traffic shift this weekend as bridge replacement project in Salem County progresses

Overnight lane closures necessary to implement

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a traffic shift on I-295 northbound to the newly constructed west side of the bridge over the NJ Turnpike, Route 40 and Salem Canal as the replacement project in Carney’s Point progresses in Salem County.

Beginning at 10 p.m., tonight, Friday, January 11, until 7 a.m. the next morning, NJDOT’s contractor, South State, Inc., will close one lane of I-295 northbound to remove and reset the construction barriers. One lane will remain open at all times. When work is completed Saturday morning, I-295 northbound traffic will be shifted from the shoulder and right lanes to the newly constructed two left lanes.

Stage 2 of the project will facilitate the demolition and reconstruction of the east side of the old I-295 bridge. The ramp from Route 551 onto I-295 will remain closed.  Stage 2 of the project is expected to be completed by summer, 2019.

The following detour of CR 551 northbound will be required for the duration of the project.

CR 551 northbound to I-295 northbound detour

  • Motorists on CR 551 northbound/North Hook Road will be directed to turn left onto Old Pennsville Auburn Road
  • Turn right onto Route 49 westbound/North Broadway
  • Make the first right onto I-295 northbound

The $4.67 million federally-funded I-295 northbound bridge over New Jersey Turnpike, Route 40 and Salem Canal replacement project involves the replacement of the concrete bridge deck and additional structural repairs to the rocker bearings and substructure spall.

Replacement of the bridge deck is designed in stages in order to minimize the effect on motorists. The first stage will shift traffic to the west side of the bridge, to demolish and replace the east side of the bridge deck. Once completed, traffic will be shifted onto the newly completed east side of the bridge so the west side bridge deck can be demolished and replaced. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Construction signage will be utilized to direct motorists on all traffic pattern changes associated with this bridge deck replacement 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 or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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  Last Updated:  January 11, 2019