I-280 westbound lane closure necessary this weekend for the interchange improvements project in Essex County
Traffic to be reduced to one lane as work on center median advances
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a weekend lane closure resulting in traffic being reduced to one lane on I-280 westbound to advance the final stage of construction on the I-280 and Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project in Essex County.
Beginning at 10 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 27, until 6 a.m. Monday, July 30, NJDOT’s contractor, George Harms Construction Co., Inc., will reduce I-280 westbound to one lane on a portion of the newly constructed I-280 travel lanes between Clifton Avenue and Broad Street in Newark. This will allow for construction on the center median area to advance construction on the I-280 bridge deck over Broad Street.
In addition, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27 until 2 a.m. the next morning, one lane on I-280 eastbound will be temporarily closed to maneuver equipment for the I-280 westbound closure.
Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays in the area
I-280 eastbound will require a similar weekend lane reduction in the future as work on the center media advances on the opposite side of the bridge. NJDOT will provide advanced notification before the additional weekend lane closure is necessary.
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. 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 early 2019.
Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the interchange improvements 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 www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.