NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The second phase of construction for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s upgraded emergency department is slated to launch tomorrow, June 14, and span six weeks, according to the medical center.
Anyone in need of treatment must enter the emergency room through the intersection of Easton Avenue and Little Albany Street, according to the hospital. Since work began in March, patients were able to arrive through a drop-off spot near Somerset Street’s intersection with Little Albany.
The project is set to grow Robert Wood Johnson’s emergency department from 40,000 to 60,000 square feet, according to the hospital.
When construction is completed, the emergency room should contain more than 100 units, including three new trauma bays, for treating patients, according to the hospital. Work is also poised to result in a new ambulance bay that can park eight vehicles at once, in-department radiology imaging and a “fast-track” option for patients.
The hospital has undertaken the renovations due to a spike in demand, officials have said. That has resulted from steady growth in Middlesex County—including New Brunswick—and neighboring communities, according to U.S. Census figures.
While the emergency department will continue to deliver services “uninterrupted” throughout construction, the work has altered traffic patterns in New Brunswick.
Drivers who want to enter the East Tower Parking Garage should use the French Street access point during the upcoming second phase of construction, according to the hospital. Those who wish to access the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey should enter Little Albany Street through Easton Avenue.
But during this phase, the area will be used exclusively for patients and the emergency department, according to the hospital.
Other motorists won’t be permitted there as the project moves forward, the hospital wrote online. They should make other arrangements.