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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #525 on: June 16, 2020, 12:21:54 PM »

The location of new ramp from Beningo Blvd to 42 North is very apparent now with the installation of some of the roadway base; the ramp from 42 North to Beningo Blvd is coming along as well.  Lane shifts on 295 at Big Timber Creek have been marked to provide room in the former left lane for construction, which will be used to widen the overpass in the median over the creek.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200608_135435_Creek_Road_Bridge_over_I_295_overnight_closures_continue_as_Missing_Moves_project_advances.pdf

Regarding that Creek Road overpass, based on this press release last week they will be building the new overpass generally on the same footprint as the current overpass. It states they'll shift traffic to the south side of the bridge (which is the lane going from Rt. 130 in Brooklawn towards the Rt. 42 Interchange in Bellmawr.

A quick measurement via GSV reveals each lane is 16' wide.  Two lanes on that would be 8' wide; much too narrow, especially with the heavy truck traffic this bridge carries.  And that doesn't allow any room for the temp construction barrier. They could eliminate the 4' raised walkway and curved fence to get a few more feet.  Or they will close what they need from the north section of the bridge, build a new bridge either wider or with the lane slightly offset from what exists currently, and make it wide enough to allow sufficient room for 2 temporary lanes while they reconstruct the south side of the bridge.

Obviously not a huge issue overall in the grand scheme of things, but with the very limited info NJDOT has published about this overpass it's a bit interesting how this overpass, which was damaged by an overheight truck many years ago, will eventually be reconstructed.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #526 on: June 27, 2020, 05:10:25 PM »

The location of new ramp from Beningo Blvd to 42 North is very apparent now with the installation of some of the roadway base; the ramp from 42 North to Beningo Blvd is coming along as well.  Lane shifts on 295 at Big Timber Creek have been marked to provide room in the former left lane for construction, which will be used to widen the overpass in the median over the creek.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200608_135435_Creek_Road_Bridge_over_I_295_overnight_closures_continue_as_Missing_Moves_project_advances.pdf

Regarding that Creek Road overpass, based on this press release last week they will be building the new overpass generally on the same footprint as the current overpass. It states they'll shift traffic to the south side of the bridge (which is the lane going from Rt. 130 in Brooklawn towards the Rt. 42 Interchange in Bellmawr.

A quick measurement via GSV reveals each lane is 16' wide.  Two lanes on that would be 8' wide; much too narrow, especially with the heavy truck traffic this bridge carries.  And that doesn't allow any room for the temp construction barrier. They could eliminate the 4' raised walkway and curved fence to get a few more feet.  Or they will close what they need from the north section of the bridge, build a new bridge either wider or with the lane slightly offset from what exists currently, and make it wide enough to allow sufficient room for 2 temporary lanes while they reconstruct the south side of the bridge.

Obviously not a huge issue overall in the grand scheme of things, but with the very limited info NJDOT has published about this overpass it's a bit interesting how this overpass, which was damaged by an overheight truck many years ago, will eventually be reconstructed.

Here is a drawing from the geo-technical report. It looks like they are going to shift the bridge north by about half it's width, adding a piece on the north side and demoing a portion on the south. I am trying to figure out how they would sequence that construction. Would they build the new section, rebuild the middle (which was the old lane on the north side), using the new section and the old lane on the southern side, and then demo the southern side?

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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #527 on: June 27, 2020, 11:54:39 PM »



Nice find!

So based on that...

If you look at the "limits of existing bridge to be demolished" range arrow, the old bridge only overlaps about 10 feet of the new bridge. It appears they can build the north half of the new bridge about 22-24 feet wide, which will allow for 2 way traffic and the construction barrier. Then they can demolish the old bridge, and finish building the new bridge.

When finished, the new bridge will still be one lane per direction, but considerably wider.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #528 on: July 26, 2020, 10:30:46 AM »

Driving by Browning Road this weekend I noticed they have put up some metal supports on either side of the concrete supports that were built in the median to hold up the temporary Browning Road bridge. First significant sign of progress on the Browning Road overpass I have seen in a while.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #529 on: August 02, 2020, 07:36:43 PM »

Work is definitely moving forward for the installation of the temporary Browning Road overpass. A fenced in area has been created on the cemetery side and tracks with rollers on them have been installed. Looks like they will assemble the bridge on that side and then roll it out over the highway. The steel supports I saw the other day will probably also get rollers to allow the bridge to slide over to the other side. I have posted some pictures on my blog:

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-2020direct-connect.html
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #530 on: August 05, 2020, 06:51:53 PM »

The updated schedule for Contracts 3 and 4 have been updated.  The project was all but halted recently due to issues with a temporary overpass for Browning Road thru the middle of the project.

Contract 3, which we're in now, won't be completed until 2024!

Contract 4, which is the final phase of the project, now won't start till 2022...and won't be completed until 2027!!!

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/schedule.shtm

Keeping with this timeline...this single project will take 15 years to complete!
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #531 on: August 06, 2020, 10:39:02 AM »

The updated schedule for Contracts 3 and 4 have been updated.  The project was all but halted recently due to issues with a temporary overpass for Browning Road thru the middle of the project.

Contract 3, which we're in now, won't be completed until 2024!

Contract 4, which is the final phase of the project, now won't start till 2022...and won't be completed until 2027!!!

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/schedule.shtm

Keeping with this timeline...this single project will take 15 years to complete!

And the whole New Jersey Turnpike was built in... 2 years !  Using ancient technology (in an old NJTP Report, there are pictures of men manually sawing wood on one of the overpasses in progress)!
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #532 on: August 07, 2020, 12:02:52 AM »

The updated schedule for Contracts 3 and 4 have been updated.  The project was all but halted recently due to issues with a temporary overpass for Browning Road thru the middle of the project.

Contract 3, which we're in now, won't be completed until 2024!

Contract 4, which is the final phase of the project, now won't start till 2022...and won't be completed until 2027!!!

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/schedule.shtm

Keeping with this timeline...this single project will take 15 years to complete!

And the whole New Jersey Turnpike was built in... 2 years !  Using ancient technology (in an old NJTP Report, there are pictures of men manually sawing wood on one of the overpasses in progress)!
Ah, yes.  The days before everyone and their mother had to have their concerns with the project addressed, and the NJDEP was established to thwart it.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #533 on: August 07, 2020, 12:55:39 PM »

The updated schedule for Contracts 3 and 4 have been updated.  The project was all but halted recently due to issues with a temporary overpass for Browning Road thru the middle of the project.

Contract 3, which we're in now, won't be completed until 2024!

Contract 4, which is the final phase of the project, now won't start till 2022...and won't be completed until 2027!!!

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/schedule.shtm

Keeping with this timeline...this single project will take 15 years to complete!

And the whole New Jersey Turnpike was built in... 2 years !  Using ancient technology (in an old NJTP Report, there are pictures of men manually sawing wood on one of the overpasses in progress)!


There was no OSHA back then. They didn't need to worry about existing traffic back then either. Designs were simpler. They needed a good road base, but that was about it. Water just ran off into the grass next to the roadway. They weren't terribly concerned about flooding issues. If they were to build a brand new highway today on farmland, it may take a little longer than 2 years, but nothing extreme. Building in the same area where 200,000 vehicles pass thru in a normal day without the ability to shut any lanes down during rush hour contributes extensively to additional time needed to build a roadway.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #534 on: August 20, 2020, 07:05:25 PM »

The updated schedule for Contracts 3 and 4 have been updated.  The project was all but halted recently due to issues with a temporary overpass for Browning Road thru the middle of the project.

Contract 3, which we're in now, won't be completed until 2024!

Contract 4, which is the final phase of the project, now won't start till 2022...and won't be completed until 2027!!!

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/schedule.shtm

Keeping with this timeline...this single project will take 15 years to complete!

What is the anticipated completion year for Missing Moves?
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #535 on: August 23, 2020, 07:35:32 PM »

The updated schedule for Contracts 3 and 4 have been updated.  The project was all but halted recently due to issues with a temporary overpass for Browning Road thru the middle of the project.

Contract 3, which we're in now, won't be completed until 2024!

Contract 4, which is the final phase of the project, now won't start till 2022...and won't be completed until 2027!!!

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/schedule.shtm

Keeping with this timeline...this single project will take 15 years to complete!

What is the anticipated completion year for Missing Moves?

Late 2023
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #536 on: February 14, 2021, 07:33:18 PM »

There was a good article published recently on the Construction Equipment Guide web site about the direct connect project:

https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/jersey-awaits-its-direct-connection/51251


The article has some interesting technical details of the construction project, but the most interesting part this quote about the Browning Road bridge:


ďAs for tasks that have yet to be completed, NJDOT is in the process of securing additional work area needed for the temporary Browning Road bridge assembly.Ē
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #537 on: February 15, 2021, 02:21:54 PM »

There was a good article published recently on the Construction Equipment Guide web site about the direct connect project:

https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/jersey-awaits-its-direct-connection/51251


The article has some interesting technical details of the construction project, but the most interesting part this quote about the Browning Road bridge:


ďAs for tasks that have yet to be completed, NJDOT is in the process of securing additional work area needed for the temporary Browning Road bridge assembly.Ē


They have been very secretive about this delay, and "added work area" doesn't say much either. Maybe they need more room on the church side, if the term stated here is correct.

The 2027 timeline has been on one page of NJDOT's website, while they tend to generally reference 2024 or 2025, which is probably more in line with this contract's expected ending date.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #538 on: March 25, 2021, 06:44:11 PM »

As if the delay in the project wasn't enough, now part of the new  retaining wall for the main line has start to collapse...

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/camden/news/south-jersey-retaining-wall-collapse-slows-northbound-traffic-on-i-295-route-42/805734/
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #539 on: March 25, 2021, 07:45:16 PM »

As if the delay in the project wasn't enough, now part of the new  retaining wall for the main line has start to collapse...

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/camden/news/south-jersey-retaining-wall-collapse-slows-northbound-traffic-on-i-295-route-42/805734/

I wonder if the problem is that the roadway above the wall hasn't been paved yet, thus resulting in far more moisture absorption by the retaining material than was intended.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #540 on: March 25, 2021, 08:49:31 PM »


I wonder if the problem is that the roadway above the wall hasn't been paved yet, thus resulting in far more moisture absorption by the retaining material than was intended.

It is paved. There is an article below with a video of the collapse. Looks like the ground support it at the base gave out. I have to think this is going to be a major repair,

https://6abc.com/traffic/i-295-retaining-wall-partially-collapses;-heavy-congestion-expected-/10448444/
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #541 on: March 25, 2021, 09:41:39 PM »

As if the delay in the project wasn't enough, now part of the new  retaining wall for the main line has start to collapse...

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/camden/news/south-jersey-retaining-wall-collapse-slows-northbound-traffic-on-i-295-route-42/805734/

I wonder if the problem is that the roadway above the wall hasn't been paved yet, thus resulting in far more moisture absorption by the retaining material than was intended.

Doesn't look like the aerial photos show the road being paved yet, but here's a Facebook image of the collapse from above, to show it had several inches of asphalt already on top.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220417108043162&set=p.10220417108043162&type=3  As you can see...this wasn't a small collapse. This was a good 15 foot drop.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #542 on: March 25, 2021, 09:45:31 PM »

Thankfully, the issue is far enough away (per Google Maps, about 100 - 120 feet), so that 295 itself can remain open.  A lane is closed due to construction equipment needing to access that lane, but 2 lanes can still get by reasonably well.

Also, it appears (at least as I type this message) there are delays in both directions on 295 south of the interchange.  The NB delay is directly related to the collapse at traffic enters the interchange.  The SB delay after the interchange is due to a new bridge being placed over 295 for the separate 295/42 missing moves project.  At least that project has been moving well and is unaffected by the collapse.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #543 on: March 26, 2021, 12:01:46 AM »

As if the delay in the project wasn't enough, now part of the new  retaining wall for the main line has start to collapse...

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/camden/news/south-jersey-retaining-wall-collapse-slows-northbound-traffic-on-i-295-route-42/805734/

I wonder if the problem is that the roadway above the wall hasn't been paved yet, thus resulting in far more moisture absorption by the retaining material than was intended.

Doesn't look like the aerial photos show the road being paved yet, but here's a Facebook image of the collapse from above, to show it had several inches of asphalt already on top.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220417108043162&set=p.10220417108043162&type=3  As you can see...this wasn't a small collapse. This was a good 15 foot drop.

Was there more material intended to be placed on the other side of the wall which helped cause this collapse?  I'm just speculating because I would hope this isn't just shoddy construction...
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #544 on: March 26, 2021, 01:08:17 AM »

As if the delay in the project wasn't enough, now part of the new  retaining wall for the main line has start to collapse...

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/camden/news/south-jersey-retaining-wall-collapse-slows-northbound-traffic-on-i-295-route-42/805734/

I wonder if the problem is that the roadway above the wall hasn't been paved yet, thus resulting in far more moisture absorption by the retaining material than was intended.

Doesn't look like the aerial photos show the road being paved yet, but here's a Facebook image of the collapse from above, to show it had several inches of asphalt already on top.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220417108043162&set=p.10220417108043162&type=3  As you can see...this wasn't a small collapse. This was a good 15 foot drop.

Was there more material intended to be placed on the other side of the wall which helped cause this collapse?  I'm just speculating because I would hope this isn't just shoddy construction...

I doubt it. The source, if I were to guess, is probably deep in the ground; maybe a void opened up.

Looking at the pics closely, it appears to be a very specific section that failed.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #546 on: March 26, 2021, 05:15:53 PM »

https://6abc.com/10448444/?ex_cid=TA_WPVI_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0u6TM5OU-S9J6Ij2M0tEPz5mLapUNON8GyuOYQ7DPmoC7fLe5ocpLj-TM

Well itís happened already.  After years of building this whole thing has to happened.

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The wall is part of a nearly $1 billion road project called Direct Connection that will one day link several major highways with the goal of reducing traffic.

Right now The Direct Connection project is set to be completed by the fall of 2024.

Well, now I'm going to guess it'll be 2028 before it might be completed, knowing the rate of work that gets done in the state when it comes to roads.
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« Reply #547 on: March 26, 2021, 07:14:51 PM »

https://6abc.com/10448444/?ex_cid=TA_WPVI_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0u6TM5OU-S9J6Ij2M0tEPz5mLapUNON8GyuOYQ7DPmoC7fLe5ocpLj-TM

Well itís happened already.  After years of building this whole thing has to happened.

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The wall is part of a nearly $1 billion road project called Direct Connection that will one day link several major highways with the goal of reducing traffic.

Right now The Direct Connection project is set to be completed by the fall of 2024.

Well, now I'm going to guess it'll be 2028 before it might be completed, knowing the rate of work that gets done in the state when it comes to roads.

2024 was the old date.  The most recent construction timeline was 2027!
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« Reply #548 on: March 26, 2021, 07:32:03 PM »

https://6abc.com/10448444/?ex_cid=TA_WPVI_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0u6TM5OU-S9J6Ij2M0tEPz5mLapUNON8GyuOYQ7DPmoC7fLe5ocpLj-TM

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The wall is part of a nearly $1 billion road project called Direct Connection that will one day link several major highways with the goal of reducing traffic.

Right now The Direct Connection project is set to be completed by the fall of 2024.

Well, now I'm going to guess it'll be 2028 before it might be completed, knowing the rate of work that gets done in the state when it comes to roads.

2024 was the old date.  The most recent construction timeline was 2027!

 :banghead: In that case, we might see it done by 2030 if we're lucky...

What a mess.
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Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
« Reply #549 on: March 26, 2021, 07:42:22 PM »

I drove thru here twice today...and by the speed of the traffic, this is clearly yesterday's news. No slowdowns due to gawking at all.  295 North is reduced to one lane entering the interchange, which causes about a 10 minute delay, which allows NJ 42 to 295 traffic to have its own lane, which reduces or eliminates congestion on 42.  But other than that, traffic's moving fine around the interchange still.

The construction company that had this contract does a lot of work around the state.   And judging by the collapse, it appears to be fairly localized; the cut-and-cover tunnel apparently isn't a concern since that's not closed, and just to the south of the collapse, that area appears unfazed either.
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