New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on February 2, 2017, the implementation of new traffic patterns this week on I-295 southbound as the Direct Connection project advances in Camden and Gloucester counties.
Beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, February 3, NJDOT contractor, Conti Enterprises, Inc., will begin closing lanes on I-295 southbound to allow for restriping and barrier installation at mile post 28, just south of Route 168 to set up a new construction zone. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times during the shift.
The new traffic pattern will relocate Exit 26 (I-76 to I-676 Camden and Philadelphia) approximately one quarter mile south of the Bell Road overpass.
• I-295 southbound/Route 42 southbound will be accessible from the two right lanes.
• Exit 26 for I-76 westbound to I-676 Camden and Philadelphia will be accessible from the two left lanes.
The new configuration will be completed by 10 a.m. Saturday, February 4.
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):