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Route 173 shoulder closures beginning Monday as pavement project begins in Hunterdon County

Closures necessary for concrete curb and inlet work

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Shoulder closures on Route 173 are scheduled to begin next week as a pavement project begins in Bloomsbury Borough and Bethlehem Township.

From 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 3, and continuing daily Monday through Friday at the same time for approximately two weeks, the right shoulder on Route 173 eastbound will be closed just before Tunnel Road/Brunswick Pike in Bethlehem Township until the I-78/Route 22 interchange in Bloomsbury Borough for concrete curb and inlet work. When the eastbound side is complete, work will move to the westbound side.

At least one lane of traffic will be maintained on Route 173 in both directions during construction. Motorists are advised to slow down, use caution, and expected delays.

This is the first of three sections on Route 173 requiring shoulder closures for curb and inlet work in both directions. Once work is completed in this section, the right shoulder on Route 173 will be closed between Fox Hill Lane in Bethlehem Township and the driveway to the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Union Township, Hunterdon County.

The third section will affect Route 173 between I-78 Exit 16 in Union Township and Center Street in Clinton, Hunterdon County. Shoulder closures in each of the three sections are expected to remain in place for approximately two weeks. After curb and inlet work is complete, paving is expected to begin and will be done overnight.

The work is part of a $9 million state-funded project that will perform maintenance and paving work on Route 173 in various locations in Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset counties.

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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