following notice was received from the NJDOT
August 10, 2012
Announces Traffic Pattern Changes
on Interstate 78 Westbound
Major Highway Rehabilitation Forges On In Essex And Union Counties
(Trenton) – NJDOT
officials today announced that beginning on Friday night,
August 10, NJDOT’s contractor, a joint-venture of Ferreira Construction
and Crisdel Group, is scheduled to begin reconstructing the left and center travel-lanes
on I-78 westbound Local lanes through the ongoing project limits in Essex and
Union counties. Overnight lane closures will be necessary to implement the new
construction zone on I-78 westbound by the end of the weekend.
phase of construction, I-78 westbound will be permanently reduced
from five travel lanes to four travel lanes – with
two lanes maintained in the Local lanes (reduced from four lanes
currently) and two in the Express lanes (increased from one lane
currently), respectively. Access from the Peddie Street/Elizabeth
Street ramp to I-78 westbound Local will be closed and the I-78
westbound Express shoulder will be closed from Exit 57 to just
east of the Garden State Parkway. The entrance ramp from Route
1&9 northbound and Newark Airport onto I-78 westbound will
be narrowed to one lane.
NJDOT implemented a similar work zone on the I-78 eastbound
Local lanes in July.
$72 million project project is constructing a new asphalt
roadway along both directions of I-78 from west of Ramsey
53.8) in Union Township to the Route 21 interchange (milepost
56.9) in Newark. This is one of the busiest stretches of highway
in New Jersey with an average of 145,000 vehicles traveling it
daily. The new pavement is designed to last up to 20 years and
the project is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
The highway is being reconstructed in stages to minimize impacts
to motorists. A total of four of the five I-78 travel lanes will
remain open in each direction during peak period hours throughout
construction. Single and double-lane closures will be allowed
during overnight and off-peak hours.
Message Signs (DMS) will be utilized on Route 78 as well as
the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, to
provide real-time work zone traffic information to motorists.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather
or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.
Please note that this is an NJDOT project and not County