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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Mairin Bellack
RELEASE: January 18, 2019

Route 495 westbound ramp to NJ Turnpike to be closed and detoured overnight for pothole and deck repairs

31st Street ramp from Kenney Boulevard also will be closed tonight

(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the ramp from Route 495 westbound to the New Jersey Turnpike, and the 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 1&9 north, will be closed and detoured overnight for priority pothole and deck repairs.

Beginning at 10 p.m., tonight, Friday, January 18, until 6:30 am tomorrow morning, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Construction Group, will close the Route 495 westbound ramp to the New Jersey Turnpike. This work is a continuation of repairs that began in late December. The following detour will be in place:

  • Motorists on Route 495 westbound will be directed onto Route 3 westbound
  • Stay in the right lane toward Secaucus, and take the Secaucus exit onto the Paterson Plank Road overpass
  • Travel over Route 3 and make the first right for Route 3 eastbound
  • Stay right and take the exit for the NJ Turnpike

After 12 midnight one lane of the Route 495 ramp to Route 3 westbound will be closed for a short duration. One lane on the ramp will be maintained at all times.  

31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 1&9 north detour:
The 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard also will be closed and detoured between 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, January 18 until 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. The following detour will be in place:

  • Traffic wishing to utilize the 31st Street ramp to Route 1&9 north or Paterson Plank Road will be directed to take Kennedy Boulevard to 32nd Street
  • Turn left onto 32nd Street
  • Turn left onto Union Turnpike
  • Turn right onto Route 1&9 north or
  • Stay straight and Union Turnpike becomes Paterson Plank Road

Project Overview
The $90.3 million state-funded project to rehabilitate the nine-span Route 495 Bridge includes repairs and reconstruction of the bridge deck, replacement and strengthening of deteriorated structural steel, and the repair and painting of the substructure.

Community Outreach
NJDOT created a project-specific website – www.RestoreNJ495.com – which contains a wealth of information about the Route 495 Bridge rehabilitation, and will be updated with relevant new information as work progresses. The Department is carefully coordinating the Route 495 Bridge rehabilitation project with other regional transportation infrastructure projects to minimize traffic congestion.

The Department has a project hotline telephone number, 201.408.8495, and email, DOTOutreachRT495@dot.nj.gov. Anyone who has questions, concerns, or suggestions is encouraged to contact the Project Outreach Team as work progresses.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to provide advance notification to motorists of traffic pattern changes associated with the work.  The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
Follow the project on Twitter @RestoreNJ495 and get real-time information on traffic conditions at www.511nj.org, where a widget will enable you to cut through all the other traffic information and focus in on the Route 495 area. For NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info and our Facebook page.

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  Last Updated:  January 18, 2019