Bridge construction requires lane closure and traffic shift on I-280 westbound

NORTH JERSEY — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a traffic shift on I-280 westbound to allow for construction to advance, as part of the I-280 over Passaic River bridge deck replacement project in Essex County.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Monday, December 18, until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 19, NJDOT’s contractor, Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc., is scheduled to close the existing temporary lane on the right shoulder of I-280 westbound bridge over the Passaic River to restripe the roadway and reposition construction barriers. Traffic will be shifted from the right shoulder onto the newly constructed left lane of the I-280 westbound bridge. The new temporary configuration is expected to be in place for several months.

Two lanes of I-280 will continue to be maintained in each direction by use of the temporary crossover. During the removal and reconstruction of the westbound bridge decks, the I-280 eastbound bridge over the Passaic River between East Hanover, Morris County and Roseland, Essex County is temporarily maintaining two lanes of eastbound traffic and one lane of westbound traffic by using the median as a crossover.

The $7.2 million federally-funded project, which started construction in July 2017, will demolish and replace existing structurally deficient bridge decks. NJDOT has coordinated with local officials throughout the design and construction process. The project is being accomplished in stages and is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the bridge deck replacements 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 website for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.