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I-78 temporary closure required Friday for rockfall mitigation project in Hunterdon County

15-minute closure required for test blast

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Thursday announced the temporary closure of I-78 in both directions on Friday, June 3 for a rockfall mitigation project in Bethlehem Township.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m., Friday, June 3 for approximately 15 minutes, NJDOT’s contractor, Ferreira Construction Co., Inc., is scheduled to close I-78 in both directions west of Exit 11 – Route 173/W Portal/Pattenberg for a rock blasting test. New Jersey State Police will be assisting with the temporary closure.

In the coming weeks, there will be lane closures on I-78 eastbound for roadway improvements to shift traffic toward the median to create a work zone along the right shoulder. The shoulder was closed on May 5 and will remain closed through the fall. It will be reopened when the project goes on hiatus through the winter.

Following the completion of rockfall mitigation work on the eastbound side of the roadway, work will continue on I-78 westbound. NJDOT will provide notice before any additional lane closures occur.

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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