New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials have announced that lane closures of the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen are expected to begin in mid-August as part of the rehabilitation of the bridge.
The work is scheduled to start on Friday, Aug. 10 with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 495 westbound. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. A week later, on Friday, Aug. 17, one lane of Route 495 in each direction will be closed, limiting the roadway capacity and causing severe congestion. NJDOT will provide more detailed information as the start of the lane closures nears.
The exclusive bus lane will remain operational during construction. NJDOT expects this construction to last for about two and a half years while the entire bridge deck, parapets, light fixtures, guiderail, and drainage are replaced. The entire project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.
The $90.3 million state-funded project to rehabilitate the nine-span viaduct includes repairs and reconstruction of the bridge deck, replacement and strengthening of deteriorated structural steel, and the repair and painting of the substructure. According to the NJDOT, construction will be accomplished in stages by first making improvements to local streets in the surrounding areas that will need to handle some of the diverted traffic during bridge construction.