Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Route 3 Lanes to Be Shut Down

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Route 3 Lanes to Be Shut Down

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RUTHERFORD – Starting on Friday, the left lanes of Route 3 West and East will be closed for an ongoing project that will ultimately see the closure of the Ridge Road overpass connecting Rutherford to Lyndhurst later this year.

"Next week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation is set to begin a $26.7 million safety improvement and congestion relief project to replace the Ridge Road and Orient Way bridges over Route 3, and add full width shoulders on Route 3," DOT spokesperson Stephen Schapiro said on Feb. 2.

The first stage is expected to begin Feb. 9, at 10 p.m., with the closure of the left lane on Route 3 in both directions to set up a work zone.

"The project has been designed in stages. The first two stages include work in the Route 3 median, improving the piers for both bridges; drainage improvements; utility relocation; and upgrades at the Polito Road intersection, including traffic signal improvements and ADA ramps," said Schapiro.

"Stage 3 is the reconstruction of the Ridge Road Bridge. Stage 4 is the reconstruction of the Orient Way Bridge, and the final stage will remove the old bridge abutments from both bridges and create a full width right shoulder on Route 3."

It is estimated that the Ridge Road overpass will be shut in the fall.

A public Q&A session hosted by the state about the project will be held at Rutherford Borough Hall on Park Avenue on Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Responding to a request by Rutherford and Lyndhurst officials, a new sidewalk on the north side of Rutherford Avenue, from Orient Way to Polito Avenue, will be installed.

"Among the many benefits of the project is the addition of a left turn lane on the Ridge Road Bridge and an additional northbound lane at the Rutherford Avenue intersection to help ease congestion on northbound Ridge Road," Schapiro said.

"The new bridges over Route 3 will both have a 15-foot clearance and be longer to allow for full width shoulders along Route 3 in both directions. In addition, the Route 3 westbound exit to Ridge Road will be extended to start before Orient Way to help ease congestion."

Rutherford police sent out an alert on Feb. 1 about the upcoming closure.

"Expect road closures, detours, and major traffic delays in the areas. …

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