Newark, NJ—New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced Thursday a long-term traffic shift on I-280 eastbound and I-280 westbound starting this weekend to allow for bridge replacement work to advance to the final stage in construction of the I-280 and Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project in Newark.

Beginning Friday, March 2, the NJDOT is scheduled to shift the I-280 eastbound  lanes to the right onto the newly constructed south side of the bridge over Broad Street between the William A. Stickel Memorial Bridge in Harrison and Clifton Avenue in Newark. 

The traffic shift will allow for construction on the north side of the I-280 bridge deck over Broad Street.

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Beginning Saturday, March 3, the NJDOT is scheduled to shift I-280 westbound traffic to the left onto the center of the bridge, allowing for construction on the north side of the I-280 bridge deck over Broad Street.

The new traffic configuration for this final stage in construction is expected to be in place until the end of 2018.

The $93 million federally-funded project, which started construction in September 2015, will demolish and replace existing structurally deficient bridge decks and reconfigure the I-280 and Route 21 interchange to provide full movements and consolidate entrance points.

The NJDOT has coordinated with local officials throughout the design and construction process, with the project expected to be completed in early 2019.

The NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures throughout construction.

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website at www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and NJDOT news.