UPDATE: Friday, May 25, 2012, 11:30am - See all updates in red text.

Please take note of the recent update to this project in the main body below.

Project: Roadway Rehabilitation

Location: Route I-78, Union County/Essex County

Date: On Or About Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Completion Date: January 2014

Project Manager: NJDOT

Contractor: N/A


NOTICE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION
UPDATE RECEIVED:
Thursday, May 24, 2012

From the New Jersey Department of Transportation

Municipality/County: Hillside Township/Union County; Irvington Township & City of Newark/Essex County

Nature of work: Complete Stage 2 implementation which has already started. Progress to Stage 2 throughout the East-end of the project resulting in full Stage 2 implementation.

Route I-78 EB express will begin Stage 2 construction of the right lane and shoulder East of MP 55.70. Stage 2 construction of the right lane and shoulder will continue West of MP 55.70.

Route I-78 WB express will begin Stage 2 construction of the right lane and shoulder East of MP 55.80. Stage 2 construction of the right lane and shoulder will continue West of MP 55.80.

Anticipated Traffic Impacts: Route I-78 EB express - Traffic will travel in the Left Lane from MP 53.4 to 57.14 per Stage 2 TCP.

Route I-78 WB express - Traffic will travel in the Left Lane from MP 53.4 to 57.14 per Stage 2 TCP.

Local Lanes East and West bound will continue to have 4 lanes in each direction.

Description of New Traffic Pattern: From Stage 1 to Stage 2 the work zone is changing from center median to express right lane and express outside shoulder. The same overall number of travel lanes exist in Stage 2 as Stage 1, however, the express lanes in both directions will have barrier on both sides of the single lanes (Cattle Shoot). The open express lane width is reduced from 12’ to 11’. Even with Emergency Pull Outs provided and peak hour Emergency Towing Service on-site, the tightened express lanes will slow express lane travel times. Barrier which will be placed on the left side of the local lanes, while not significantly reducing travel lane width, will slow traffic.

RAMPS IMPACTED: Access from I-78 EB express to Ramp WN (W Peddie St) will be closed 5/18/12 and access from I-78 EB local will be maintained at all times. Access from Ramp 3 to WB express at M.P. 57.82 will remain closed. Access from I-78 EB local to I-78 EB express using Slip Ramp EBL-EBE will remain closed. Access to I-78 EB express from Ramp NE (Peddie St) will remain closed;

Proposed Date of Stage 2 Full Implementation: Tuesday May 29, 2012

Any Other Comments: The weekend model has been waived.

Updates regarding this project will posted if and when they become available from the NJDOT. Further details can be found at the NJDOT's web site here.


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