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I-78 westbound lane, shoulder closures this weekend as bridge over Raritan River project advances in Somerset County

Closures necessary for concrete deck pour

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Friday announced lane and shoulder closures this weekend on I-78 westbound as the bridge over the North Branch of the Raritan River replacement project advances in Bedminster Township.

Beginning at 11:59 p.m., Friday, August 5, until 6:00 a.m., Monday, August 8, NJDOT’s contractor, Ferreira Construction Co., is scheduled to close the right lane and shoulder on I-78 westbound after the merge with traffic from I-287.

The lane and shoulder closures are necessary for a concrete deck pour between the newly constructed right side of the bridge and the temporary bridge in the median. Two lanes will be maintained through the weekend and expect congestion and delays.

The $6.9 million federally-funded project will replace the existing bridge carrying I-78 westbound over the North Branch of the Raritan River, which is in poor condition. Construction will take place in multiple stages to maintain three lanes in each direction on I-78 during construction. A temporary bridge has been built to carry two lanes of traffic with one lane maintained on the existing bridge during construction.

The project is anticipated to be complete in 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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