Route 7 bridge over Conrail to be
closed this weekend in Kearny
Detour and lane shift necessary for
bridge repair project to advance
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced Route 7 will be closed over the weekend to shift traffic to create a center work zone and allow bridge deck repairs to continue on the Route 7 Bridge over Conrail railroad tracks in Kearny, Hudson County.
Each night this weekend, starting at 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning, beginning Friday, May 13 and continuing every night until Monday morning, May 16, NJDOT’s contractor Konkus Corporation, will close traffic on Route 7 in both directions in order to install a concrete barriers. The new traffic pattern, expected to remain until fall 2016, will split Route 7 into two single-lane 11-foot cattle chutes on both sides of a center work zone on the bridge. Route 7 eastbound will remain unaffected on the left side of the bridge. Route 7 westbound will be shifted to the right side of the bridge in order to advance work on the bridge deck repair project.
The following detour will be in place for from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night:
Traffic from Jersey City to Kearny:
• Motorists traveling westbound from Jersey City will be directed onto CR 508/Newark-Jersey City Turnpike/Harrison Avenue to Schuyler Avenue and back onto Route 7/Belleville Turnpike.
Traffic from Kearny to Jersey City:
• Motorists traveling eastbound from Kearny to Jersey City will be directed to Schuyler Avenue to Harrison Avenue/CR 508/Newark-Jersey City Turnpike to Route 7.
Once the traffic shift is in place, at least one lane of traffic in each direction on Route 7 will be maintained during construction. NJDOT has designed work on the $13.7 million bridge rehabilitation project to be performed in stages. The project is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017.
Portable variable message signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work.
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 www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.