New Jersey DOT begins Route 3 Passaic River bridge replacement project
NJDOT has staged the project in a manner that will enable motorists to cross the Passaic River throughout construction. Three lanes of Route 3 will remain open to traffic in both directions during daytime and peak period hours. No detours are scheduled for mainline Route 3. Nighttime single and double lane closures will be permitted, except during events held at the nearby Meadowlands complex.
The new bridge will provide a 30-foot vertical clearance over the Passaic River channel and will carry three 12-foot lanes of traffic in each direction with a median barrier. The new bridge will also feature two 12-foot auxiliary lanes in each direction. NJDOT designed the new bridge to match the appearance and surface texture of the existing structure.
The $149 million, federally-funded construction project was awarded on June 24 to J.F. Creamer & Sons in a joint venture with Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc.
The Park Avenue over Route 3 structure was replaced as a separate break-out contract in advance of this project. As part of that project, new dynamic message signs were constructed along Route 3 in both directions. These signs, as well as other Intelligent Transportation System devices, will be used for traffic control purposes to give motorists advance notice of future staging changes during construction on this project.
For more information, go to the NJDOT’s traffic information Website at www.511nj.org.