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I-287 southbound pavement preservation project begins with shoulder closures this week in Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Wednesday announced the beginning of a pavement preservation project on I-287 southbound in Harding, Morris Township, and Morristown in Morris County.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 2, until 4:00 p.m. and again during the same time on Friday, April 3, NJDOT’s contractor, Della Pello Paving, Inc., will close the shoulder on I-287 southbound between South Street/CR 601 in Morristown and North Maple Avenue in Harding to install construction signs.

Later this month, there will be overnight lane closures on I-287 southbound between South Street/CR 601 just past Exit 35 and North Maple Avenue/Exit 30A and B for milling and paving of the roadway. The area of the lane closures will shift as the project progresses.

The southbound lanes and shoulders will be overlaid with a thin layer of asphalt in order to preserve and extend the life of the highway. The work will begin in the leftmost lane while other lanes will remain open for traffic. The work will progress from the left to right with at least one lane maintained at all times. NJDOT will provide notice in advance of any lane

The $4 million federally-funded project will preserve approximately five miles of I-287 southbound from Maple Avenue to South Street/CR 601. It is designed to extend the pavement life, improve safety and enhance ride quality for motorists. The project is scheduled to be completed in late Fall 2020.

Variable messaging signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. NJDOT will provide more information before any lane closures are scheduled. 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 for construction updates and real-time travel information

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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