Route 31 traffic shift on bridge over CSX Railroad in Mercer County

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a traffic shift on Route 31 northbound as work advances on the CSX bridge reconstruction project in Mercer County.

Beginning tonight at 10 p.m. Friday, October 28, until 8 a.m. Saturday, October 29, NJDOT’s contractor Ritacco Construction Inc., is scheduled to prepare for the demolition and replacement of the northbound side of the Route 31 Bridge over the CSX rail line between Hopewell and Pennington. Traffic will be temporarily shifted onto the southbound side of the bridge, which was recently made wider to create more room for the traffic shifts during construction. Traffic will be in this configuration for approximately a year. Once the traffic shift is in place, one 11-foot lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

Due to the temporary narrow lanes created by the construction work zone, wide-load trucks are prohibited access to the bridge and must use alternate routes.

NJDOT has designed this federally-funded $13.6 million bridge replacement project to be completed in stages. The project, which started in summer 2016, is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

Variable message signs and lane closure signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with 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 for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

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  1. MercerMe: think to yourself: if I am reading this article and I travel on Route 31, what will I want to know? I’ll want to know specifically where the bridge is. I had to look at a map to find where the CSX line crosses 31: between Delaware Avenue and Ingleside: south of Pennington Market and north of the circle.

    • Thank you for your comment Norm! The information was provided by NJDOT and I did not realize that the CSX bridge was not a commonly known landmark (I wrote a few other articles about the bridge recently). I will absolutely keep that in mind for future articles.

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