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I-78 eastbound lane, shoulder closures starting next week as Somerville Road bridge project begins in Bernards Township

Intermittent right lane closures will be required as project advances

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – The right shoulder on I-78 eastbound before the Somerville Road overpass will be closed next week during the day as the Somerville Road Bridges Over I-78 project begins in Bernards Township.

The right shoulder is scheduled to be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day Monday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 5.

On Thursday, October 6 during the same time, the right lane and shoulder are scheduled to be closed for the installation of construction barrier to create a work zone in the right shoulder for rockfall mitigation work in advance of the bridge deck replacement. If necessary, the right lane will be closed on Friday, October 7 as well.

The $6.2 million federally-funded Somerville Road Bridges over I-78 project will replace the decks of the Somerville Road Bridges over the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-78. Initial work will include rockfall mitigation on I-78 and utility relocation on Somerville Road.

The project is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2024.

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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