TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the start of a project to replace bridge decks on three I-78 ramps over Routes 1&9 in Newark, Essex County.
The ramps are part of I-78 interchange 58 located just north of Newark Liberty International Airport and connect to Port Street, which is the major entrance to Port Newark from the north. The project primarily effects traffic heading to or from airport cargo facilities and Economy Parking Lot P6 on Brewster Avenue, and traffic going to or from Port Newark.
The $26.6 million federally-funded project will replace three structurally-deficient bridge decks over Routes 1&9 with new pre-cast bridge deck panels, parapets, guiderail and lighting. The project will be completed in stages with the majority of work being done overnight or on weekends to minimize impacts on motorists and marine terminal traffic. A series of weekend closures are scheduled to begin in March and continue most weekends through the fall, and restart again the spring of 2018. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
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Beginning on Friday, February 24 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning, NJDOT’s contractor Union Paving and Construction, Inc., is scheduled to close the exit ramp from Routes 1&9 northbound to Port Street/Port Newark to install construction signs and traffic barriers in preparation for the upcoming bridge deck replacement work. The following signed detour will be in place to direct motorists to Port Street/Port Newark during the overnight closure:
Routes 1&9 northbound local to Port Street/Port Newark Detour
· Immediately after the exit, motorists should bear right at the fork
· Continue on the road to a right hand exit loop onto Brewster Road
· On Brewster Road, make the first left and follow around to a traffic light
· Make a right onto Port Street
Variable message signs and lane closure signs will be utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the deck replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.
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 websitewww.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.