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Route 15 southbound left lane expected to reopen today as bridge repairs continue in Jefferson Township

Weldon/Espanong Road and ramps remain closed at Route 15

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The left lane on Route 15 southbound is expected to be reopened before the Wednesday, Dec. 23 morning commute as emergency bridge repairs continue on the Weldon Road Bridge over Route 15 in Jefferson Township, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

The reopening of the left lane on Route 15 southbound before the Wednesday morning commute follows the installation of a temporary support structure under the Weldon Road Bridge over Route 15. The right lane on Route 15 southbound and the exit to Weldon Road eastbound remain closed. In addition, the bridge that carries Weldon Road west/Espanong Road east over Route 15, as well as the ramp from Weldon Road west to Route 15 south, remain closed. Route 15 northbound remains unaffected, officials said.

NJDOT’s structural engineers are continuing to evaluate the Weldon Road Bridge over Route 15 to design a repair. The following detours will be in place until further notice:

Route 15 southbound to Weldon Road east detour:

  • Motorists on Route 15 southbound wishing to exit at Weldon Road will be directed to continue on
    Route 15 south
  • Go through the traffic signal at Edison Road and take the U-turn exit just past the fire station
  • Bear right onto Edison Road
  • Go straight to cross Route 15
  • At the next traffic signal, turn left onto Route 15 north
  • Take the Weldon Road exit

Route 15 northbound to Route 181 north/Espanong Road west detour:

  • Motorists on Route 15 northbound wishing to take the exit for Route 181 north/Espanong Road
    west will be directed to continue on Route 15 north
  • Take the exit for Route 181
  • Stay right following signs for Sparta/Lake Mohawk/Business District
  • Turn left onto Route 181 south/Woodport Road
  • Turn right onto Espanong Road

Weldon Road West to Route 15 south detour:

  • Motorists on Weldon Road west wishing to take the ramp to Route 15 southbound will be directed
    to take the ramp for Route 15 north, which is before the ramp to Route 15 south
  • Take Route 15 north to the next exit for Route 181/Sparta/Lake Mohawk/Business District
  • Stay right following signs for Sparta/Lake Mohawk/Business District
  • Turn left onto Route 181 south/Woodport Road
  • Turn right onto Espanong Road
  • Turn left onto Edison Road/CR615
  • Take the ramp to Route 15 south

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for 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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