2010-05-06 / Front Page

Expect delays on I-195 in Upper Freehold

UPPER FREEHOLD — A smoother and safer I-195 is in the works, but expect traffic delays first.

The N.J. Department of Transportation (NJDOT) started a pavement improvement project April 30 that will resurface I- 195 eastbound and westbound in Upper Freehold Township and Robbinsville.

“This project will create a smoother and safer road for motorists,” NJDOT Jim Simpson said. “It exemplifies our commitment to safety and the priority we place on keeping our roads in a state of good repair.”

The project will initially address the Robbinsville-Allentown Road (CR 526) interchange at Exit 7 in order to increase the vertical clearance on I-195 eastbound under the interchange overpass. This work requires single-lane closures.

Starting the weekend of May 3, NJDOT closed and put a detour at the I- 195 eastbound Interchange 7 exit/entrance ramps. Robbinsville-Allentown Road southbound to I-195 eastbound traffic has been directed to take the ramp to I-195 westbound to Exit 5A for Route 130 southbound to make a U-turn to I-195 eastbound. I-195 eastbound to Robbinsville Allentown Road traffic will continue on I-195 eastbound to Interchange 8 and take Old York Road (CR 539) to make a U-turn to I-195 westbound to Interchange 7 for Robbinsville-Allentown Road.

Once the initial work at Interchange 7 is completed, the resurfacing of mainline I-195 eastbound and westbound will begin. The project is expected to be completed in late fall 2010.

The $9.2 million, federally funded project will resurface I-195 eastbound from east of the Exit 6/New Jersey Turnpike interchange (milepost 6.87) to just east of Imlaystown Road (milepost 12.09), and I-195 westbound from just east of Imlaystown Road (milepost 12.09) to milepost 9.26.

NJDOT will apply a new rubberized surface course of asphalt that will provide a quieter, smoother riding surface with an increased level of friction and safety for motorists. This concentrated effort to repair the deficient roadway will extend the lifespan of this stretch of highway by 20 years. In addition, NJDOT will resurface 11 access ramps to and from I-195 and all existing guide rail will be upgraded.

Construction will be performed mainly at night, with some daytime shoulder closures, in order to mitigate traffic impacts on Route 195, which is the most heavily traveled east-to-west highway in central New Jersey. No weekend lane closures are planned during the summer season.

NJDOT will install Variable Message Signs to inform motorists of any change in traffic patterns during nighttime operations. Real-time travel and construction information is available online at www.511nj.org.

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