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Traffic Advisory: I-295, I-76 & Rt. 42 Nightly Lane Closures Begin Jan. 17 For Bellmawr’s Browning Road Bridge Demolition

Overnight lane closures necessary for approximately six weeks.

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials are reminding motorists that the right lane on I-295 northbound will be closed Monday morning, January 10 for attenuator and guide rail repairs in Bellmawr.

In addition, the demolition of the Browning Road Bridge that was expected to begin Monday night, January 10 has been rescheduled to start on Monday night, January 17.

The change was necessary because winter weather delayed the completion of utility work necessary before the demolition can begin.

Daytime Guiderail Repair

NJDOT’s contractor, South State, Inc., is scheduled to close the right lane on I-295 northbound beginning near the Essex Road overpass after Exit 26 where the highway splits for I-76 toward Philadelphia/I-295 toward Trenton on Monday, January 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

The closure will continue through the tunnel and is necessary to repair two attenuators and guide rail. Traffic from I-76 eastbound Exit 1B going into the tunnel will not be affected. Four lanes of traffic will be maintained in the tunnel. Motorists should expect congestion on I-295 northbound and Route 42 northbound.

NJDOT’s contractor, South State, Inc., is scheduled to begin overnight lane closures on Monday, January 17 that will continue for approximately six weeks.

The overnight lane closures will occur Monday through Friday nights, to allow for the demolition of the old Browning Road Bridge.

The closures are scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day on I-295 southbound and I-76 eastbound/Route 42 southbound. Closures on I-295 northbound and Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound will take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day.

Typically, only two lanes of traffic in one direction will be closed at any one time with at least one lane open to traffic.

To provide safety to workers and motorists, there is the possibility of temporary 15-minute traffic stoppages on some nights to accommodate the removal of large pipes that span additional lanes of traffic.

In addition, there is the possibility for ramp closures and detours that have been used in the past, to provide additional safety.

The demolition of the Browning Road Bridge will begin with the removal of pipe and conduit under the bridge, as well as the installation of shielding under the bridge.

This work is expected to take approximately two weeks. When this work is complete, the deck will be removed, and then the steel girders.

Once all of the bridge structure over I-295, I-76, and Route 42 is removed, demolition work will move to the east abutment and then to the west abutment.

All of this work should be completed by spring 2022.

*Post was updated on January 9, 2022 at 5:35 p.m.

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