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Eastbound 78 Lane in Newark Closed For Construction

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -  The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced that a Route 78 Eastbound local lane in Newark will be closed for approximately one month, beginning July 12.  Four travel lanes are expected to remain open.  The work is part of a $72 million dollar state roadway rehabilitation project.

One of two I-78 Local travel lanesare now closed eastbound between mileposts 55.3 and 56.7. A temporary third lane has been added to the Express travel lane from milepost 56.3 to 57.3.

According to NJDOT, "the right Local lanes eastbound will be merged into two lanes west of Exit 56.  After Exit 56, the left local lane will continue to lead directly to a crossover to the Express lanes, while only one lane will continue in the Local lanes. This crossover to the Express lanes will bypass Exit 57, however a return crossover from the Express lanes to the Local lanes will allow traffic to use Exit 58 to reach all the destinations served by Exit 57, including Rt. 1 & 9, Route 21, and Newark Liberty International Airport. The Express will have three eastbound lanes between the two crossovers."

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In addition, wide loads are restricted on the one remaining Local lane requiring wide loads to use the Express lanes in the 1.4 mile stretch of construction. 

This is one of the busiest stretches of highway in New Jersey, with an average of 145,000 vehicles traveling it daily. The new pavement is designed to last up to 20 years.  The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.  Motorists are encouraged to check  www.511nj.org for real-time travel information. 

For more information on construction, go to $72 million roadway rehabilitation project.

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