TRENTON — The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced a new traffic pattern starting today on Route 1 as construction progresses on a bridge replacement over an abandoned rail line and two local access roadways in North Brunswick.
On Friday, June 4 NJDOT will shift all Route 1 traffic onto the newly completed southbound side of the bridge. Temporary lane closures will be necessary in order to implement the new traffic pattern, which will be in place by Monday morning, June 7. Once implemented, the new traffic pattern will maintain two lanes in each direction on Route 1, with a third lane in each direction shifted to College Farm Road. The new work zone will be located on the northbound side of the bridge. The new traffic pattern will remain in place through December 2010.
The $24.1 million project is replacing the structurally deficient Route 1 Bridge over an abandoned Conrail line and two local access roadways, North Meriel Drive and College Farm Road in North Brunswick. The bridge is being replaced by a wider structure, and the two connector roads beneath the structure will be converted to a single roadway. NJDOT also will make safety improvements on Route 1 between Milltown Road and Ryders Lane in North Brunswick.
The existing, unused railroad line has been removed, permitting the construction of a shorter, one span bridge and the realignment of the access roadways. The project will also feature new traffic signals on the adjoining access roadways. Construction is scheduled for completion in June 2011.
NJDOT has installed variable message signs on Route 1 to inform motorists of the closure. Real time travel and construction information is available at www.511nj.org
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