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JULY 3, 2019 - New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials today announced that a project to rehabilitate the Route 18 bridge over the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick is scheduled to begin this month.
The Route 18 bridge is one of 16 New Jersey Turnpike Authority structures scheduled to be rehabilitated this year under an $8.5 million contract with the Ferreia Construction Co. of Branchburg. The work includes deck and joint repairs, replacement of existing asphalt wearing surface, bearing replacement, and miscellaneous substructure repairs.
In order to minimize traffic impacts, the work on the Route 18 structure will be performed overnight and during at least four weekend high-intensity construction cycles this summer.
The bridge will be reduced from three lanes in each direction to two during the weekend cycles. The weekend closures will begin at 10 p.m. on Fridays and continue around the clock until 5 a.m. on Mondays. The first scheduled closure is for the weekend of Friday, July 12, through Monday, July 15. In addition to the weekend work, completing the project will require approximately 12 weeknight single- or double-lane closures. The single-lane weeknight closures will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. The double-lane weeknight closures will begin at 10:30 p.m. and continue until 5:30 a.m.
The southbound right shoulder will be closed continuously from mid-July until the work is complete in the fall.
Motorists will be given advanced notice about all scheduled closures. To keep informed, look for advisories on the Turnpike Authority website (NJTA.com) and follow @NJTurnpike on Twitter.