Garden State Parkway widening project to require Route 72 lane closures in Stafford
(Trenton) - NJDOT and New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) officials today announced lane closures on Route 72 in Stafford Township to accommodate ongoing construction on the Garden State Parkway bridges over the state highway.
Beginning this week, overnight double and single-lane closures will be allowed on Route 72 in each direction under the GSP bridges from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. NJTA’s contractor, Earle Asphalt Company, will also be permitted to close the outside auxiliary lane on Route 72 in each direction under the bridges between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., daily. One travel lane will be maintained on Route 72 in each direction at all times.
A temporary Stop Sign has been installed at the end of the GSP Northbound ramp to Route 72 westbound for safety purposes. This stage of construction is anticipated to be complete by mid-May 2012. No regular lane closure schedule will be permitted on Route 72 during the summer season.
The NJTA is reconstructing the bridges over Route 72 as part of a $52 million contract to widen the GSP from two lanes to three lanes in each direction between milepost 64.5 and milepost 57.8 in Stafford, Eagleswood and Little Egg Harbor. This work is associated with the larger $900 million GSP Widening Program that is adding capacity along the highly traveled toll-road from Interchange 80 to Interchange 30.
Construction began on the GSP Widening Program in 2009 and this phase of the project is expected to be complete in 2014.
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 construction updates and real-time travel information.