Route 18 lane closures required as traffic signal improvement project begins in Middlesex County
Daytime and overnight lane closures will be necessary
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the start of a traffic signal improvement project that will require shoulder and lane closures on Route 18 in Middlesex County.
Beginning on Wednesday, February 15, and again on Thursday, February 16 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor Orchard Holdings, LLC., is scheduled to begin installing construction signs along six miles of Route 18 in both directions, starting on Main Street/CR615 in East Brunswick and proceeding north to Memorial Parkway/Carpender Road in New Brunswick. Starting later this month, motorists are advised to expect single and shoulder lane closures on Route 18 daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and double lane closures overnight from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for the next several months until project completion.
The $3.69 million federally-funded Route 18 Adaptive Traffic Signal System project is being accomplished in stages and is expected to be completed in late fall 2017. The project includes the installation of underground electrical conduit, electrical wiring, turf pavers, junction boxes, and image detectors on Route 18 for approximately six miles. Through the use of adaptive traffic signal systems, the Department utilizes state-of-the-art technology with connected traffic signals to optimize traffic signal performance and help traffic flow more efficiently on state highways.
Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the traffic signal improvements project. Throughout 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 www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.