TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced Route 22 westbound will be closed and detoured tonight for emergency bridge deck repairs in Union.

Starting tonight at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 until 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, NJDOT’s contractor Power Concrete, Co. Inc., is scheduled to close Route 22 westbound in the vicinity of Burke Parkway to perform emergency bridge deck repairs. Route 22 eastbound will not be affected.
 
The following detours will be in place:

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Passenger Vehicles Detour from Route 22 westbound
- Motorists traveling westbound on Route 22 in Union will be directed onto Morris Avenue/Route 82 eastbound ramp.
- At the bottom of the ramp, motorists will make a left onto Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound.
- From Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound motorists will be directed to make a left onto Caldwell Avenue.
- From Caldwell Avenue, motorists will be directed back onto Route 22 westbound.
 
Passenger Vehicles Detour from the Garden State Parkway South
- Motorists from the Garden State Parkway South going to Route 22 westbound in Union will be directed to the Morris Avenue/Route 82 eastbound ramp and make a left onto Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound.
- From Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound motorists will be directed to make a left onto Caldwell Avenue.
- From Caldwell Avenue, motorists will be directed back onto Route 22 westbound.
 

Truck and Bus Detour from Route 22 westbound
- Trucks traveling westbound on Route 22 in Union will be directed onto Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound ramp.
- From Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound trucks will be directed to make a left onto Meisel Avenue/Route 124.
- Trucks will continue on Meisel Avenue/Route 124 and stay right as the road splits. Meisel Avenue will turn into South Springfield Avenue/CR577.
- From South Springfield Avenue/CR577, trucks will be directed back onto Route 22 westbound.


NJDOT recommends that motorists plan their trips accordingly and prepare for delays in the region.

This emergency work is part of a $2 million bridge deck replacement project expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. This section of the bridge work was scheduled to be reconstructed in the next phase of the project but deterioration of the roadway necessitated emergency repairs now. The project is being constructed in stages, beginning with the new deck and parapets. Each stage is re-constructing approximately one third of the bridge deck at a time. The bridge deck replacement project includes milling and paving the bridge approaches, and reconstructing the guide rail, sidewalk, and curb. As the project progresses, NJDOT will provide information before any closures or detours are implemented.

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. 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.

 

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