Overnight lane closures on Route 42 northbound continue in Bellmawr Demolition of I-295 Bridge over Route 42 to require detour. NJDOT has informed us of the following:
(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced an extra night of overnight lane closures on Route 42 northbound tonight to permit the demolition the I-295 northbound bridge over Route 42 as the Direct Connection project progresses in Camden and Gloucester Counties.
Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, December 7, NJDOT's contractor, PKF Mark III, Inc., will close one lane on Route 42 northbound at Exit 1B. At 10 p.m. two lanes will be closed and all lanes will be closed and detoured at 11 p.m. with all lanes reopened by 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
The following detour will be in effect for those trying to access Route 42 southbound from I-295 southbound:
Motorists who want to stay on Route 42 northbound will take Exit 1B and use the left hand ramp to merge back onto Route 42 and 76.
Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with Direct Connection. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming lane closures or traffic shifts.
This work is part of the Direct Connection project that will provide a seamless route for I-295 motorists
traveling through the interchange of I-295, I-76, and Route 42. The Direct Connection project has been
divided into four separate construction contracts, with completion of the fourth and final contract in the
fall of 2021. NJDOT's project website provides construction activity schedules and updates.
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.
NJDOT announced the opening of an interim ramp and installation of a median island that simplifies a difficult merge area by separating Route 42 north and I-295 north. The interim ramp will remain in use for several years and will allow traffic to exit Route 42 north and directly connect with I-295 north. The median will separate Route 42/I-76 traffic from I-295 northbound traffic and eliminate the need for motorists to move across lanes. Official NJDOT Press Release
Interim Bypass Ramp Diagram (click to expand image):
Exit 1B on Rt 42 northbound has been relocated approximately a half-mile before its previous location. Motorists will encounter this new ramp just past the Creek Road overpass.
I-295 Direct Connection Ground Improvement Process
New bridges, walls and elevated roadways will require strengthening of the existing soil conditions beneath them so that large settlements can be avoided in the future. NJDOT and its contractors are utilizing a new engineering technology called Controlled Modulus Columns (CMC) to compact and fortify the soil foundation on which new infrastructure will be built. This method of ground improvement strengthens the existing soils in place while reducing the time needed for construction.
For the I-295 Direct Connection project, this will involve installing concrete grout columns in the ground below the bridge and wall foundations and elevated roadways. The result will be underground columns of hardened concrete grout and improved soil conditions that will support the proposed construction.
Route 130 Southbound Ramp to I-76 Eastbound Detour Map (click to expand):
Route 130 Southbound Ramp to I-76 Eastbound Detour Video (YouTube):
DETOUR: Overnight Closure of I-76 Westbound Exit Ramps to Market St. (Exit 1C) and Route 130 North (Exit 1D). Printable Detour Map (PDF) I-76 West Exit Ramps 1C and 1D Detour Map (click to expand image):