MORRISTOWN, NJ  – A pavement preservation project to resurface approximately 13 miles of I-287 northbound in Morris and Somerset Counties is set to begin next week, announced the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

The $18 million federally-funded project will preserve approximately 13 miles of I-287 northbound from Route 202/206 just north of Exit 22 in Bedminster, Somerset County through South Street/CR 601 in Morristown, they said.

According to officials, the project will extend the functional life of the roadway and improve ride quality.  In addition, guiderails will be upgraded to meet current requirements.

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Beginning at 8 p.m., Monday, July 29 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 30,  the right lane on I-287 northbound beginning at approximately Exit 22/Route 202/206 will be closed. The closure will be due to an installation of a construction barrier to create a work zone along the shoulder. This will allow crews to make guiderail and barrier improvements, as well as upgrade drainage. Once the guiderail work is complete, the shoulder will be milled and paved. This stage of the work is expected to be completed in the fall.

Once the shoulder work is complete, work will begin on the northbound travel lanes, which will be overlaid with a High Performance Thin Overlay (HPTO). Later in the project the following I-287 northbound ramps will be milled and paved, overlaid with HPTO or resurfaced with slurry seal:

  • North Maple Ave
  • Exit ramp at Tiger Lily Lane
  • Entrance ramp from Southgate Parkway
  • Entrance and exit ramps from the Rest Area,
  • Entrance ramp at James Street
  • Exit ramp from South Street
  • Ramps at Mt. Airy Road

Signs will provide advance notification to motorists of the traffic pattern changes associated with the work., said the NJDOT. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather and other factors.