UNION COUNTY — New Jersey Department of Transportation officials have announced lane closures and a wide-load only truck detour as the Route 22 westbound over Burke Parkway bridge replacement project advances to stage 3 in Union County.
Starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 4 until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5 and also from Saturday, March 5 at 10 p.m. until 9 a.m. Sunday, March 6, NJDOT’s contractor Power Concrete, Co. Inc., is scheduled to temporarily close travel lanes on the Route 22 westbound bridge over Burke Parkway to install concrete barriers and signage.
The overnight operations will split traffic into a single-lane 11-foot cattle chute on either side of a center work zone on the bridge. The new traffic pattern will direct motorists to travel on the newly constructed deck on the north and south side of the center work zone. This temporary traffic pattern will allow the bridge deck project to enter stage 3 in construction. Route 22 eastbound will not be affected.
The following wide-load only truck detour will be in place:
Wide-load truck detour from Route 22 westbound
· Wide-load trucks traveling westbound on Route 22 in Union will be directed onto Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound.
· From Morris Avenue/Route 82 westbound trucks will be directed to make a left onto Meisel Avenue/Route 124.
· Trucks will continue on Meisel Avenue/Route 124 and stay right as the road splits. Meisel Avenue will turn into South Springfield Avenue/CR577.
· From South Springfield Avenue/CR577, trucks will be directed back onto Route 22 westbound.
NJDOT recommends that motorists plan their trips accordingly and prepare for delays in the region.
The third stage of construction is part of a $2 million bridge deck replacement project expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. The project is being constructed in stages, which began with the new deck and parapets.
Each stage is re-constructing approximately one-third of the bridge deck at a time. The bridge deck replacement project includes milling and paving the bridge approaches, and reconstructing the guide rail, sidewalk, and curb. As the project progresses, NJDOT will provide information before any closures or detours are implemented.
NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to provide advance notification to motorists of traffic pattern changes associated with the work.
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.