- Proposed Rehabilitation:
- Deck Reconstruction
- Structural Strengthening
- Toll Plaza Pavement Replacement
- Lighting and Drainage Improvements
As the nation’s highway systems wear with age, repairs and reconstruction of the roadways and bridges are necessary to ensure that they are preserved for future generations. This New Jersey Turnpike improvement project focuses on the eastbound direction of the NB-HCE within downtown Jersey City from Interchange 14C through the Columbus Drive Exit Ramp.
Contract T100.321 serves as the second phase in reconstructing the bridge deck of the viaduct and ramp structures in the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension, east of Interchange 14C. The first phase was recently completed under Contract T100.125, which involved reconstructing the bridge decks of viaduct and ramp structures in the westbound roadway. Those improvements will also aid in the staging of Contract T100.321.
Contract T100.321 will replace the bridge deck and barrier along the eastbound roadway within the 1.1 mile project limit. In addition to the replacement of the bridge deck, the approach pavement to the Interchange 14C toll plaza will be rehabilitated, structural repairs and strengthening will be performed, the structures will be repainted, and lighting and drainage improvements will be included.
Critical project issues presented include the duration of construction, staging of the construction, and the minimization of impacts upon the adjacent community and motorists. In preparation for this contract, traffic analyses, as well as a noise study, have been completed. Findings from these studies have been considered and implemented into the design process, keeping in mind the best interest of the community, surrounding businesses, motorists, and stakeholders. All work will be completed within the existing NJTA right-of-way.
The roadway will be reconstructed in two separate sections: the Mainline Section and the Ramp Section. The Mainline Section maintains all existing lanes of traffic during peak hours by permitting one lane of the eastbound traffic to cross to the other side of the median. The Ramp Section will be performed in two stages, each allowing one lane of traffic through the work zone (current configuration has two lanes).
Construction started in late summer of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.