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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why are we doing this work?
A. A large percentage of the existing concrete pavement slabs are cracked and faulted. The concrete is experiencing Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR). The existing concrete pavement joints are intermittently faulting, spalled and patched in multiple locations.
Q. What is rubblization?

Rubblization is a construction and engineering technique that saves time and construction costs by reducing the existing concrete into rubble at its current location. The concrete travel lanes on I-295 will be "rubblized" using specialized drive construction equipment (rubblizing machines) that reduces the existing concrete pavement into small pieces to create a crushed, high-quality aggregate base for the new asphalt pavement. This technique saves the time and expense of excavating and transporting the old concrete, payment for disposal or recycling and purchasing and transporting new base materials for the replacement asphalt pavement. The result is a smoother pavement surface with a longer life cycle than would be obtained if a layer of asphalt were instead applied to the unbroken concrete surface.

Q. How will motorists learn about changing traffic patterns?

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will provide information on its 511NJ Travel Information Web site, on variable message signs in the travel corridor and radio traffic services.

Q. How will the contractor close lanes?

The contractor will close lanes using the appropriate advance signing in coordination with the State Police and according to the detailed Traffic Control/Staging Plans.

Q. What is the estimated construction duration?

The estimated construction duration is 21 months. Construction began February 2010 and will be completed by November 2011.

As of November 2011, the project is substantially complete. Lanes will be closed as needed for the installation of permanent guide rail and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices. The estimated completion of this work is Fall 2012.

Q. Are there certain months when construction will be the heaviest?
A. The bulk of the work on the northbound roadway will occur in in summer 2010 and the southbound roadway will occur in summer/fall 2010.
Q. What will be the traffic patterns in the summer months?

During summer 2010 (mid June to late July) I-295 northbound will be closed for motorists from Exit 45 to Exit 57. I-295 northbound traffic will be crossed over the median onto the I-295 southbound roadway, which will have two lanes in each direction (separated by a temporary concrete barrier curb).

During summer/fall 2010 (early August to early October) I-295 southbound will be closed for motorists from Exit 57 to about a mile north of Exit 45. I-295 southbound traffic will be crossed over the median onto the I-295 northbound roadway, which will have two lanes in each direction (separated by a temporary concrete barrier curb).

Q. Will the construction require any of the I-295 ramps to be closed and detoured?
A. Yes, specific ramps at each of the interchanges within the project limits (at Exits 45, 47, 52, 56 and 57) will be closed at designated times during construction. The construction staging sequence was designed to minimize the duration of ramp closures. Most of the detour routes will be implemented during mid June to late October 2010.
Q. Who is the NJDOT Project Manager and the Resident Engineer?
A. Mahesh Patel is the NJDOT Project Manager who manages the day to day design activities. William Gaus is the Resident Engineer. He and other NJDOT staff will be available on site during all construction-related activities.
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  Last Updated:  October 18, 2012