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Route 31 improvements project begins Thursday in Warren County

Daytime lane closures required for construction sign installation

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Wednesday announced the start of a pavement rehabilitation and improvements project requiring daytime shoulder and lane closures on Route 31 in Washington Township, Mansfield Township, Oxford Township, and White Township in Warren County.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1 until 3:00 p.m., and continuing daily, Monday through Friday, NJDOT’s Contractor, South State, Inc. is scheduled to close sections of the shoulder on Route 31 in both directions. The closures are part of a moving operation for the contractor to install construction signs between the intersection of South Lincoln Avenue/CR 640 and Hawke Point Boulevard in Washington Township and Route 46 in White Township. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times.

Following the installation of construction signs, additional shoulder and lane closures may be required in the coming weeks to allow for ADA ramp installation, traffic signal upgrades, minor bridge deck and parapet repairs and drainage repairs.

The project will improve two sections of Route 31 – from approximately South Lincoln Avenue/CR 640 and Hawke Point Boulevard to about Myrtle Avenue in Washington Borough, and from approximately Orams Lane in Oxford to Route 46 in White Township. Work will begin at the northern end of the project in White Township at the intersection of Route 46 and Route 31 and move south.

As part of the project three traffic signals will be upgraded or replaced at the following intersections:

  • CR 640/S. Lincoln Avenue and Hawke Point Boulevard
  • Route 57/Washington Avenue
  • Route 46/Route 31

The $6.2 million improvement project includes milling and paving, guiderail and traffic signal replacements, and construction of ADA compliant curbs and ramps on approximately five miles of Route 31. Milling and paving is expected to begin next year. The project is anticipated to be complete by fall 2022.

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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