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I-78 temporary stoppages in both directions to begin next week for rockfall mitigation project in Hunterdon County

Project resuming after winter hiatus

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – I-78 is scheduled to have temporary stoppages in both direction beginning next week as a rockfall mitigation project resumes in Bethlehem Township.

Blasting is expected to begin as early as next week and will take place during the day from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturdays, with temporary 20-minute stoppages of traffic on I-78 in both directions, through summer 2024.

New Jersey State Police will be assisting with the temporary closures and NJDOT will provide notice before any longer lane closures occur. Motorists are advised to slow down, use caution, and expect delays or plan an alternate route, officials said.

The $32.9 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 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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