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I-78 eastbound weekend lane closures needed as rockfall mitigation project advances in Hunterdon County

Right shoulder to be restored after November 16

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced weekend lane closures on I-78 eastbound will continue through November 16 as a rockfall mitigation project advances in Bethlehem Township.

There will be a single lane closure on I-78 eastbound west of Exit 11 – Route 173/West Portal/Pattenburg from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and two eastbound lanes will be closed overnight beginning at 9:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through November 16. At least one lane will remain open.

The closures are necessary for rock scaling work. If blasting is needed on Saturday or Sunday, I-78 will be temporarily closed in both directions for up to 20 minutes each morning from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. New Jersey State Police will be assisting with the temporary closures.

In addition to the temporary daytime closures that will continue Monday through Friday, there will be overnight lane closures through November 16. A single lane on I-78 eastbound will be closed Monday through Friday beginning at 7:00 p.m. and a second lane will be closed beginning at 9:00 p.m. All lanes will be reopened by 5:00 a.m. After November 16, all lanes in both directions will remain open and construction barrier will be repositioned to restore a 12- foot right shoulder for the winter.

The $29.8 million federally-funded project will mitigate rockfall hazards along a section of I-78 eastbound and westbound between milepost 9.96 and milepost 10.55. It includes rock scaling to cut back the slope and excavation to widen the catch area to prevent rocks from potentially reaching the highway. In addition, there will be drainage improvements.

The project is anticipated to be complete by fall 2023.

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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