TRENTON — The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced the upcoming closure of the I-78 westbound Express lanes in Union Township and Hillside and Irvington, from milepost 52.8 to milepost 55.
The closures are necessary as part of an ongoing project to create connections between I-78 and the Garden State Parkway at Interchange 142.
On the weekend of July 23, I-78 westbound Local lanes, at the Express-to-Local crossover located just west of Lyons Avenue, will be reduced to two lanes shifted to the right and the Express lanes will be closed. Both I-78 westbound Express traffic lanes will be directed to the two left Local lanes for a total of four local lanes. The left Local lane will be directed back to the Express lanes at the existing Local-to-Express crossover, located to the west of the Garden State Parkway.
Between the crossovers, four Local lanes of traffic will be maintained.
NJDOT closed the I-78 eastbound lanes the previous weekend.
The Express lane closures are anticipated to be in place for approximately 3 months. Advance warning signs and permanent and portable Variable Message Signs will be used to assist motorists to safely navigate these changes.
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and allow for extra travel time.
The $121 million project, which includes the rehabilitation of I-78 local and express lanes in both directions, is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. It will provide congestion relief on local roadways, create more convenient travel patterns and improve safety and traffic flow. NJDOT opened the new flyover ramp from the Garden State Parkway northbound to I-78 westbound last September. That new ramp provides direct access to I-78 westbound from the GSP northbound for the first time. Construction continues on the GSP southbound to I-78 eastbound flyover ramp at this time.
Real-time traffic information and construction activity updates are available online at www.511nj.org or by calling 511.
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