Rt. 21 lane closures expected this weekend

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced temporary overnight lane closures on Rt. 21 in both directions for weekend utility work as the I-280 and Rt. 21 Interchange Improvements Project advances in Newark.

Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, until 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, NJDOT’s contractor, George Harms Construction Co., Inc., is scheduled to close the right and center lanes of Rt. 21 northbound and the left lane of Rt. 21 southbound between Division St. and Clay St.  for utility work.

The $93 million federally-funded project, which started construction in September 2015, will demolish existing structurally deficient bridge decks, reconfigure the interchange to provide full movements and consolidate entrance points. NJDOT has coordinated with local officials throughout the design process. The I-280 and Rt. 21 Interchange Improvements Project is being accomplished in stages, and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the interchange improvements project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us †on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

The Observer Staff