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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Why is this work being done?

The existing Route 1&9T viaduct was constructed in 1928 and is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It has a sufficiency rating of 2.8 out of 100. The deck, superstructure and substructure are in "serious" condition and it cannot be rehabilitated. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) needs to provide an efficient and safe network of ramps and roadways to improve the movement of people and goods on Route 1&9T and the adjacent roadway networks.


Q. Where is the project?

The project is in the west end of Jersey City from the vicinity of Charlotte Avenue to Tonnele Circle to just beyond Spruce Street, to the north.


Q. Why is this work necessary?
A. The project has been designed to address these major needs:
  • Correct structural deficiencies and functional obsolescence of the Route 1&9T viaduct.
  • Provide an efficient and safe network of ramps and roadways that improves the movement of people and goods on Routes 1&9, 1&9T, 7 and 139 in the vicinity of the project site.
  • Provide a more continuous flow of traffic from Route 1&9 southbound onto Route 7 and the Pulaski Skyway.
  • Minimize social and environmental impacts.
  • Meet the project needs in a cost-effective manner.
Q. Have studies been done to determine the best alternative?

An Environmental Assessment/Section 4(f) Evaluation was done in 2000 to determine the needs and how best to address them.


Q. What is the proposed project?

The project will replace the deteriorating Route 1&9T viaduct over St. Paul’s Avenue with a new structure on a new alignment north of the present structure. The new alignment requires the construction of new approach roadways to provide connections to Route 1&9T, Route 7, Pulaski Skyway, Route 139, Route 1&9 north of Tonnele Circle, and local streets in Jersey City.


Q. What will the area look like when the work is completed?

The project plan (pdf 2.35m) is available for viewing.


Q. What is the schedule?

Construction began in fall 2008 and will continue until early 2013.


Q. How much will it cost and who will pay for it?

The construction award amount was $199.9 million. Right of way and advanced utility relocations amounted to an additional $72 million. This project is federally funded.


Q. Who is the contractor and resident engineer?

The contractor is George Harms Construction of Farmingdale. NJDOT's Karl Sottung is the Resident Engineer.


Q. Will there be any detours?

Yes, the ramp (pdf 88k) from Tonnele Circle to the westbound Pulaski Skyway (Route 1&9) will be closed for approximately one year to construct a new ramp bridge. Traffic can access westbound Route 1&9 via Route 1&9T. The ramp from Route 139 westbound to Route 1&9 will be closed intermittently for bridge replacement work. Additional short term detours will be required for construction work on Duffield Avenue and St. Paul's Avenue.


Q. Will any businesses or residences need to be acquired or relocated?

Several residential and commercial properties in the project area were acquired and relocated under advanced demolition contracts. Approximately 35 structures were demolished primarily in the Larch Avenue and Covert/Dey Streets area.


Q. Were there any cultural resources identified in the project area?

Cultural resources include the Route 1&9 Corridor Historic District, the archaeological sites at the Covert/Larch Historic District and 394-398 St. Paul's Avenue, Blakeslee Monument and the Jersey City Water Works Pipeline.


Q. How will motorists be notified when work on certain parts of the project would affect their daily commute?

NJDOT will use variable message signs, the NJ Commuter Web site, the Trips123 Web site and radio traffic reports.


Q. Will there be night construction?

Construction hours will be specified to minimize disruption to the local community. However, some night work that conforms to local ordinances may be required to minimize disruption to daily traffic and optimize the construction schedule.


Q. Will there be increased noise or air pollution to the area during construction?

The contract documents will require the construction contractor to conform to all federal and state laws and regulations. Further mitigation measures may be required for construction equipment, because of nearby residences. During the final design phase, contracts will be developed to include these measures.


Q. How can I keep informed and offer my suggestions?

You may:
  • Attend Public Information Centers or Special Purpose Meetings that will occur throughout the Construction Phase of this project. Check this Web site regularly for reports on meetings that are scheduled or for a summary of meetings already held.
  • Contact us anytime with your questions or suggestions.
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