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Route 15 southbound to be closed and detoured this weekend as Weldon Road Bridge work continues in Jefferson Township

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Route 15 southbound is scheduled to be closed and detoured this weekend, as work on the Weldon Road Bridge over Route 15 continues in Jefferson Township, according to New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials.

Beginning at 9:00 p.m. tonight, March 5 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 8, NJDOT’s contractor, Mount Construction, will close and detour Route 15 southbound at the exit ramp to Route 181 just past Mile Post 7.6. The closure is necessary to complete the demolition of a portion of the bridge over Route 15 southbound by removing two cracked girders and two adjacent girders. The following detour will be in place this weekend:

Route 15 southbound detour:
• Motorists on Route 15 southbound will be directed to take the exit for Route 181, just past Mile
Post 7.6
• Turn left at the stop sign onto Route 181 south/Woodport Road
• Turn right onto Espanong Road
• Turn left onto Edison Road/CR615
• Take the ramp to Route 15 south

The Weldon Road Bridge over Route 15 was closed on December 20 because of cracks in two beams. At the time of the bridge closure, Route 15 southbound was closed as well. The left lane on Route 15 southbound was reopened on December 23.

Once the demolition of the damaged portion of the bridge is complete on Monday morning, all lanes on Route 15 southbound will be reopened. In addition, NJDOT will continue to evaluate the stability of the remaining portion of the bridge that carries Weldon Road west/Espanong Road east over Route 15. If the bridge is deemed safe, the bridge will reopen with one lane of traffic in each direction. The ramps are expected to reopen as well.

A long-term repair is in the process of being designed. The following detours will remain 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

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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