NJDOT makes progress on state road and bridge repairs




Governor Chris Christie  s Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Director, State office of Emergency Management




NJDOT makes progress on state road and bridge repairs
Major roads to Jersey Shore ready for holiday weekend traffic 

(Trenton)  New Jersey Department of Transportation work crews and contractors continued to make progress on repairing roads and bridges damaged by the wind, rain and floods brought by Hurricane Irene over the past weekend.


Significant repairs on more than three dozen roads or bridges are under way or in design, while hundreds of quicker fixes, from downed tree removal to minor road repairs, have been completed.


Main travel routes for trips to the Jersey Shore, including the Turnpike, Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway and state roads in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties, are operating with no storm-related obstructions and are ready for holiday weekend motorists.


In hard-hit areas of the state where damage to state roads and bridges remains, NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said Department employees and contractors remain determined to fix the problems as soon as possible.  The commissioner has toured hard-hit areas of the state with Governor Chris Christie and other cabinet members and is directing the repair and recovery effort with members of his senior leadership team.


“Hurricane Irene is long gone, but we continue to focus on every damage report, including new ones that have cropped up,” Commissioner James Simpson said.  “The men and women of NJDOT will spare no effort until all damage is repaired.”

NJDOT has addressed more than 670 state road and bridge locations since Sunday, August 28 that were damaged or obstructed as a result of the storm and post-storm flooding.  Today only 22 ongoing incidents remain to be fixed. 

Among significant repairs underway or in design, work on I-287 northbound at exit 43 in Morris County progressed to the point that Governor Chris Christie was able to announce that one of three northbound travel lanes at that location was restored to service at 5 p.m. yesterday.  Work continues to get the other two lanes on that heavily traveled road open as quickly as possible.

Municipalities and counties are encouraged to work through their county Office of Emergency Management to report problems and needed resources.  Yesterday, NJDOT was able to help ease traffic problems in Cranford by providing expertise to properly connect 13 traffic signals on North Avenue (Route 28) to temporary power sources.


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