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Project Description

To improve safety and reduce traffic congestion within and adjacent to the Route 17/Essex Street interchange in Lodi Borough, Maywood Borough, and Rochelle Park Township, Bergen County, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) proposes to:
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Essex Street Bridge over Route 17
  • Replace the Essex Street Bridge (circa 1934) over Route 17.
  • Replace the concrete box culvert (circa 1911) that carries Lodi Brook under Essex Street, west of Route 17.
  • Reconfigure the interchange (pdf 949k) of Route 17/Essex Street.
  • Lengthen and widen exit ramps from Route 17 to increase capacity and alleviate traffic backups down the ramps onto Route 17.
  • Widen Route 17 through the interchange from four to six total lanes with shoulders and auxiliary acceleration/deceleration lanes at entrance/exit ramps.
  • Widen Essex Street from the vicinity of Maywood Avenue to the vicinity of Riverview Avenue to provide four travel lanes and a center lane to facilitate left turns onto intersecting roadway and properties.
  • Widen Maywood Avenue approaching Essex Street to provide designated turning lanes.
  • Construct new or replacement traffic signals along Essex Street that will join an interconnected traffic signal system maintained by Bergen County at the following intersections:
    • Maywood Avenue and Route 17 northbound ramps
    • Commercial driveway just west of Route 17
    • Route 17 southbound ramps and municipal parking lot
    • Riverview Avenue to and from I-80
  • Improve drainage throughout the area to alleviate flooding.
  • Eliminate access driveways along ramps by creating shared access where feasible and constructing a new Lodi Municipal Parking Lot on the south side of Essex Street, west of Route 17, for adjacent businesses.
  • Construct pedestrian sidewalks on both sides of Essex Street.

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