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Title: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 23, 2013, 09:21:46 AM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rt295/

On Friday, NJDOT awarded the 1st of 4 main contracts for reconstructing the mega I-295/I-76/Route 42 interchange.

The contract cost is $159 million, which is about $16 million below estimate.  The construction time for the contract is about 2 years.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabs12142.pdf

Basically, this portion of the project will eliminate the express/local lane configuration on 76 West, replace some of the outlying overpasses (Creek Rd over 42, Bell Rd over 295, 295 over Essex Ave), construct a new ramp for 295 North to 76 West (which will double as the mainline for 295 Northbound for several years), construct a temporary ramp for 42 North to 295 North (which merges into the above mentioned ramp) and construct portions of other ramps, work which will be completed in future contracts.  Several new overhead signs are part of the contract as well.

A separate project to install several VMS signs, cameras, replace and coordinate traffic signals on alternative routes (US 130, NJ 168) which figure to be heavily used by people avoiding the construction is underway now (those routes are already at capacity and are not being widened, so they're limited on what can be done).  Other projects in the construction phase that are unrelated to the Direct Connection project but are getting done now to assist with traffic flow include is replacing the bridge deck on 168 over 295, and widening the intersection on Beningo Blvd at 168 (the 1st traffic light coming off Exit 3 of the NJ Turnpike).

For me personally, this project is exciting because it's only a few miles from where I live, and an interchange I travel thru to/from work each day.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jpi on January 23, 2013, 10:17:40 PM
This could make for a future road meet! :-)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 24, 2013, 09:55:53 AM
Once this is complete, maybe they'll finally extend 76 onto the ACEX.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 24, 2013, 12:19:04 PM
Once this is complete, maybe they'll finally extend 76 onto the ACEX.
Doubt it.  They could do that this minute if they wanted.  And any upgrades to 42 that are needed aren't part of this project. 

They are looking at putting either a rail line down Rt. 42, more likely express bus service, and both would require improvements and widening to 42.  But as giving it Interstate status: it's not in anyone's future plans.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on January 24, 2013, 12:25:11 PM
This could make for a future road meet! :-)
You might want to wait a few years.  The main thing to see in my eyes will be the new I-295 mainline bridge.  That doesn't start until contract #3 which starts in mid 2016.  This is a loong project.  It's the coolest project to hit south jersey since the completion of the northern half of NJ 55. 

Brian P
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on January 24, 2013, 01:02:56 PM
I'm also interested in seeing the 'missing' turning movement (from NJ 42 North to I-295 South) being finally added.  I'm assuming that that phase will be in one of the other 4 related contracts.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 24, 2013, 01:45:58 PM
I'm also interested in seeing the 'missing' turning movement (from NJ 42 North to I-295 South) being finally added.  I'm assuming that that phase will be in one of the other 4 related contracts.

Believe it or not...NO!

This is actually a separate project that has been long delayed. Originally, the missing move ramps were supposed to be constructed around 2006-2008, following an alignment relatively far removed from this interchange (see http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/AirQualityTES.pdf, page 2-9 for the proposed alignment). The Feds had said that those ramps must be built first as well to relieve the strain of traffic on the main interchange.  The missing moves ramps will be going over an old landfill that is currently being and capped, and is supposed to have a shopping center built on top, including a Bass Pro Shop.

The Developer wanted more of a localized street connecting the two highways with intersections and traffic lights, which would allow direct access to his shopping plaza.  So the developer convinced the local town to hold off on their blessing for the project, and NJDOT delayed it. 

The last I heard was while the developer won that fight, what he didn't count on was the various shops that have interest in the shopping center didn't want to sign contracts because of the planned interchange construction (makes sense...nothing deters traffic like a construction project!).  Thus, the developer couldn't obtain the agreements from the various companies needed to secure loans for the project!

So...the new plan is the old plan - a ramp that'll connect 295 and 42.  In the meantime, the Feds dropped their demand to have these ramps built first. 

The current 5 year Capital Plan for NJDOT shows this project going out to bid in FY2014, and taking about 2 - 3 years to construct.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on January 24, 2013, 04:02:50 PM
I still wish that NJDOT and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority would get it together and build a direct connection (Steve Anderson called it Exit 2A) from the Turnpike to I-76/N.J. 42.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on January 24, 2013, 04:51:34 PM
I still wish that NJDOT and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority would get it together and build a direct connection (Steve Anderson called it Exit 2A) from the Turnpike to I-76/N.J. 42.
There isn't really a need for that. I'd say that the NJ Turnpike on that stretch primarily carries traffic that is just passing through Southern NJ.  Traffic that originates or terminates in the South Jersey region can use I-295. That's what I do.

Oh and I'm missing the I-295 NJ 42 missing moves since I actually would use that movement.  Now I have to use US 130 and go through Brooklawn etc.  So that is the one flaw with using I-295.  It's good to know it may be dealt with in a few years.  But please we don't need a shopping center causing another Breezewood in NJ.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on January 24, 2013, 05:51:34 PM
I'm also interested in seeing the 'missing' turning movement (from NJ 42 North to I-295 South) being finally added.  I'm assuming that that phase will be in one of the other 4 related contracts.

Believe it or not...NO!

This is actually a separate project that has been long delayed. Originally, the missing move ramps were supposed to be constructed around 2006-2008, following an alignment relatively far removed from this interchange (see http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/AirQualityTES.pdf, page 2-9 for the proposed alignment). The Feds had said that those ramps must be built first as well to relieve the strain of traffic on the main interchange.  The missing moves ramps will be going over an old landfill that is currently being and capped, and is supposed to have a shopping center built on top, including a Bass Pro Shop.

The Developer wanted more of a localized street connecting the two highways with intersections and traffic lights, which would allow direct access to his shopping plaza.  So the developer convinced the local town to hold off on their blessing for the project, and NJDOT delayed it. 

The last I heard was while the developer won that fight, what he didn't count on was the various shops that have interest in the shopping center didn't want to sign contracts because of the planned interchange construction (makes sense...nothing deters traffic like a construction project!).  Thus, the developer couldn't obtain the agreements from the various companies needed to secure loans for the project!

So...the new plan is the old plan - a ramp that'll connect 295 and 42.  In the meantime, the Feds dropped their demand to have these ramps built first. 

The current 5 year Capital Plan for NJDOT shows this project going out to bid in FY2014, and taking about 2 - 3 years to construct.
Very accurate summary. The ramps will still be built to allow future development of the site, so there is somewhat of an alteration from the original 2006 plan.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 25, 2013, 08:37:33 AM
NJDOT has frustratingly had very little public information concerning those missing move ramps - there's nothing on their website regarding them, for example.  Anything I've learned are from the public meetings for the 295 Direct Connection, and even then you need to find the right person that has knowledge of that project and is willing to talk about it.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: hurricanehink on February 04, 2013, 09:58:42 PM
It's great to see 295 as 3 lanes going through.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 15, 2013, 08:51:32 AM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/meetings/documents/handout022113kn.pdf

Public meeting at the Bellmawr Ballroom on Thu., Feb 21st, 5pm - 8pm.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 22, 2013, 08:54:20 AM
The public meeting was held Thursday evening for the project.

From what I observed in the 1/2 hour I was there, it was extremely well attended by the public and a very upbeat meeting (in this state, that's almost unheard of!).  While some residents were a bit concerned about some areas of the project, some of it was unwarranted.  One person I was standing near feared the entire interchange was going to be closed, sending traffic on his side street not served by the interchange traffic.  He was assured the interchange was not shutting down.

Some of the key highlights (use this: http://goo.gl/maps/Fj87Q to help see the overall area) in this contract:

On 295 just south (west) of the interchange, a new overpass will be constructed over Essex Ave.  This will start in the median of the highway, and that portion will be used by Northbound, then Southbound, traffic when those respective areas of the existing overpass is demolished and reconstructed.

The Bell Road Overpass over 295 just north (east) of the interchange will be reconstructed in phases as well.  1 lane will remain open, with traffic lights to alternate traffic across the bridge.

The Creek Rd overpass over 42 just south of the interchange will be reconstructed and widened.  2 narrow lanes will remain open.  Access to/from Wellwood Ave will be temporarily suspended.  A separate, temporary pedestrian overpass will be constructed to the north of the existing bridge.

295 North, where it comes down to meet with 42, will be realigned.  Access to 295 North from 42 North will be via a new ramp prior to the existing merge, with a right lane entry.  Access to 76 West from 295 North will be from the left via a continous lane onto 76.  The result is no more dangerous weaving for traffic.  In addition, the existing express lane ramp from 295 North to 76 West will remain for the time being, although I believe the lane once it reaches 76 West, will end.  Currently, the lane is continous.

An advanced project under construction now is adding several traffic cameras, VMS signs (NJDOT uses the term Dynamic Message Signs now), traffic speed equipment (including utilizing bluetooth technology) and updating traffic signals in a large area on 130 & 168 to better adapt to traffic conditions.

Here's a newspaper article of the meeting: http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2013/02/residents_review_massive_proje.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on February 22, 2013, 05:13:16 PM
The Creek Rd overpass over 42 just south of the interchange will be reconstructed and widened.  2 narrow lanes will remain open.  Access to/from Wellwood Ave will be temporarily suspended.  A separate, temporary pedestrian overpass will be constructed to the north of the existing bridge.
So, is this being widened to a 4-lane or 5-lane section, or what? Because I thought local improvements had been excised from the contract. Also, it had been proposed to permanently close off Wellwood Ave. and use Edgewood for all traffic between Creek and 42. Is this temporary closure maybe to test that out, and then turn permanent if it works?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Interstatefan78 on February 24, 2013, 11:38:58 AM
Once this is complete, maybe they'll finally extend 76 onto the ACEX.
The problem is that the ACE/GSP interchange needs to say I-76 ACE west Camden Philadelphia and I-76 ACE East Atlantic City on GSP exit 38 if the RT-42/ I-76 and I-295 reconstruction were to be completed, and I-76 being extended towards AC :D
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NE2 on February 24, 2013, 11:50:14 AM
The problem is that 78 is a multiple of 13.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 24, 2013, 06:48:33 PM
The Creek Rd overpass over 42 just south of the interchange will be reconstructed and widened.  2 narrow lanes will remain open.  Access to/from Wellwood Ave will be temporarily suspended.  A separate, temporary pedestrian overpass will be constructed to the north of the existing bridge.
So, is this being widened to a 4-lane or 5-lane section, or what? Because I thought local improvements had been excised from the contract. Also, it had been proposed to permanently close off Wellwood Ave. and use Edgewood for all traffic between Creek and 42. Is this temporary closure maybe to test that out, and then turn permanent if it works?

Currently Creek Road (and specifically, the overpass) is 2 lanes...although wide enough in that the traffic contining straight (WB) can usually get around the traffic waiting to turn left towards Rt. 42 South via Harding Ave.  The new configuration will have 3 lanes - 1 lane EB & WB, and a Left Turn Lane for traffic accessing Rt. 42 South.  Traffic Lights will be installed at Harding & Edgewood Aves.

Per the drawings at the meeting showing the various phases in Contract 1, Wellwood Ave is blocked only during the construction phases, but was shown with access to Creek Rd at the completion of the contract.  Personally, I think they should've made Wellwood One Way South (away from Creek Rd) and converted Edgewood into a One Way North (towards Creek Rd).

Later on - I believe part of the 295/42 Missing Moves contract, the ramps from/to Rt. 42 North for Creek Rd (which actually put you on Leaf Ave) are supposed to be moved south slightly...about 1/10th of a mile or so, with a T-Interchange with Benigno Blvd.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on February 25, 2013, 07:39:10 PM
The idea SHOULD be to tie Benigno straight into Edgewood without the 5-way mess that's there now. Also, the problem with making Wellwood 1-way is that now you have left-turning traffic toward 42 North (which can be substantial) that has to go the extra block to make its turn - which puts it a bit far away from the Edgewood signal, which makes everything awkward. Just as soon would keep Edgewood 2-way.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: froggie on March 15, 2013, 11:24:54 AM
Wednesday article (http://articles.philly.com/2013-03-13/news/37654222_1_creek-road-bridge-new-bridges-route) from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the ceremonial groundbreaking for the project.

Amongst the boneheaded comments in the article, this one apparently from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno:

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Joined by U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.) and local and county officials, Guadagno called the interruption of I-295 "the biggest hiccup" in the highway network between Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Maybe it's just me, but I see the gap in I-95 as the bigger hiccup.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 15, 2013, 05:51:49 PM
Wednesday article (http://articles.philly.com/2013-03-13/news/37654222_1_creek-road-bridge-new-bridges-route) from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the ceremonial groundbreaking for the project.

Amongst the boneheaded comments in the article, this one apparently from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno:

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Joined by U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.) and local and county officials, Guadagno called the interruption of I-295 "the biggest hiccup" in the highway network between Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Maybe it's just me, but I see the gap in I-95 as the bigger hiccup.


Agreed, though the lack of a connection between the mainline of the N.J. Turnpike and I-76/I-295/N.J. 42/ACE is also worse.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on March 15, 2013, 06:15:20 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I see the gap in I-95 as the bigger hiccup.


Agreed, though the lack of a connection between the mainline of the N.J. Turnpike and I-76/I-295/N.J. 42/ACE is also worse.
why?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 15, 2013, 09:46:56 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I see the gap in I-95 as the bigger hiccup.


Agreed, though the lack of a connection between the mainline of the N.J. Turnpike and I-76/I-295/N.J. 42/ACE is also worse.
why?

First, a major missing movement (regardless of origin/destination pairs).  If the Turnpike had been a "free" road, I suppose it might be there today, but (IMO) it's pretty inexcusable not to have the connection.

Second, there are people coming from my part of the world (south of New Jersey along the I-95 Corridor) who would like to be able to get to the Jersey Shore by way of an all-freeway trip. Not possible now.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NE2 on March 15, 2013, 10:09:34 PM
Second, there are people coming from my part of the world (south of New Jersey along the I-95 Corridor) who would like to be able to get to the Jersey Shore by way of an all-freeway trip. Not possible now.
I-195 gets pretty close to the shore.

PS: Atlantic City wouldn't require new Turnpike ramps, just the missing movements at I-295 (which this thread is sort of about). The primary beneficiary of a Turnpike interchange would be the Turnpike itself. Building the missing I-295 ramps and eliminating the breezewood on NJ 73 between I-295 and the Turnpike (or building two ramps elsewhere connecting I-295 to the Turnpike) would provide direct connections between all routes at probably a fraction of the cost.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 15, 2013, 10:21:39 PM

Second, there are people coming from my part of the world (south of New Jersey along the I-95 Corridor) who would like to be able to get to the Jersey Shore by way of an all-freeway trip. Not possible now.

I-95 North into PA, to I-76 East across the Walt Whitman Bridge, to Rt. 42 South, to the AC Expressway.

Problem solved.

And in case you're wondering, Google Directions puts that route at 2 miles, 3 minutes longer.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NE2 on March 16, 2013, 12:09:34 AM
I-95 North into PA, to I-76 East across the Walt Whitman Bridge, to Rt. 42 South, to the AC Expressway.
The reverse trip has a single light on the ramp from I-76 west to I-95 south. Clearly a reason to spend billions.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: vdeane on March 16, 2013, 11:57:44 AM
Interchanges between freeways should not have traffic lights or any other form of stopping.  Why the feds haven't threatened to cut PA's funding because of this, I don't know.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NE2 on March 16, 2013, 12:20:31 PM
There's a toll booth right before the ramp. So much for not stopping.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 16, 2013, 02:06:33 PM
There are certain many valid reasons why the Turnpike & 42 should have an interchange.  In fact, Turnpike, 42 and 55 should be all tied together, and with the 295/42 missing move ramps basically designed, they could be tied in as well.  The interchange would most likely be all-electronic tolling, eliminating the need for an entire toll plaza and trumpet ramps.  The wetlands in the area are an issue however.

Those from South of New Jersey wanting to head to AC or the Jersey Shore area are only wasting an extra buck or whatever it is now by taking the turnpike.  295 to 42 (via a u-turn on 76 at Market Street, Exit 1C) is just as fast.  And if someone tries doing this at rush hour, many times it's still faster than Exiting at Exit 3 of the NJ Turnpike due to toll plaza congestion and NJ 168 congestion.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: vdeane on March 17, 2013, 11:06:22 AM
There's a toll booth right before the ramp. So much for not stopping.
Toll booths are an exception, but it's worth noting that those of us with E-ZPass don't stop at toll booths.  ;) Even the one time I encountered a booth with gate arms, the transponder triggered the gate before I could get to a complete stop.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: roadman65 on March 17, 2013, 01:30:41 PM
Actually I have found that Route 40 is not that bad going across New Jersey to get to the Jersey Shore.  True its not freeway, but you cannot have everything.   Even if an Exit 2A was constructed, I think many will still use Route 40 or even Route 70  if going to Ocean County Beaches over to a Turnpike- Route 42-ACE- GSP combination.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 18, 2013, 08:52:32 AM
Interchanges between freeways should not have traffic lights or any other form of stopping.  Why the feds haven't threatened to cut PA's funding because of this, I don't know.
Had the feds actually done that; similar would've been done when the 3-level, I-476/US 1 interchange was built.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Perfxion on March 18, 2013, 01:37:21 PM
If Feds are cutting funding for lack of highway ramps and stubs not being finished on I-95, this conversation begins and ends with New Jersey.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Flyer78 on March 18, 2013, 06:07:27 PM
Interchanges between freeways should not have traffic lights or any other form of stopping.  Why the feds haven't threatened to cut PA's funding because of this, I don't know.
Had the feds actually done that; similar would've been done when the 3-level, I-476/US 1 interchange was built.

And Cali loves its ramp meters, even on freeway-to-freeway connections. Prepare to Stop warnings never seemed so urgent...
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 19, 2013, 08:39:25 AM
And Cali loves its ramp meters, even on freeway-to-freeway connections. Prepare to Stop warnings never seemed so urgent...
PA has those along US 22 in the Lehigh Valley area and the fore-mentioned I-476 has them at every interchange (including the fore-mentioned US 1/Media Bypass interchange) except at I-95, I-76 (mainly due to those interchanges being fully built years before I-476 opened) & I-276, though the latter has a toll plaza.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 19, 2013, 08:53:27 AM
And Cali loves its ramp meters, even on freeway-to-freeway connections. Prepare to Stop warnings never seemed so urgent...
PA has those along US 22 in the Lehigh Valley area and the fore-mentioned I-476 has them at every interchange (including the fore-mentioned US 1/Media Bypass interchage) except at I-95, I-76 (mainly due to those interchanges being fully built years before I-476 opened) & I-276, though the latter has a toll plaza.

NJ had one short-lived ramp meter in an unlikely, uncongested area - leaving Harrah's Casino onto NJ 87 in Atlantic City. The meter seemed to flash green whenever a car approached, and traffic on 87 is generally light. 

The meter's use was short lived, as shortly after it was installed the AC Expressway Connector was built, and the ramp from Harrahs was moved slightly.  Amazingly, the unused ramp meter lights remain, as shown in the grassy median of this pic: http://goo.gl/maps/0JAHm
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Flyer78 on March 19, 2013, 04:09:57 PM
PA has those along US 22 in the Lehigh Valley area and the fore-mentioned I-476 has them at every interchange (including the fore-mentioned US 1/Media Bypass interchage) except at I-95, I-76 (mainly due to those interchanges being fully built years before I-476 opened) & I-276, though the latter has a toll plaza.

The exceptions you mention are exactly what I am talking about - imagine a metered connection 476 to 95... or 295 to 42 in NJ (to be on-topic).

CalTrans is proud of this, from their website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/travel/projects/details.php?id=2
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Freeway-to-freeway connector meters:

Freeway-to-freeway connector meters have been installed at nine connectors to transition motorists onto I-210 from State Routes 2, 57, 118, 134 and 605. To date, four connectors are activated (SR-57 and SR-605) and the other five are scheduled for activation in 2010. Nowhere in the nation, or the world, has freeway-to-freeway connector metering been used with such innovation and to the extent as in Los Angeles County.

The Bay Bridge incorporates these as well past their toll-booth.  http://goo.gl/maps/lt3VO  (Yes, Cali Ramp/Mainline meters have 3-phases, yellow is used as a warning "meters are about to start"



Also, to cross-reference a thread: http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=5031.0
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 19, 2013, 04:20:11 PM
PA has those along US 22 in the Lehigh Valley area and the fore-mentioned I-476 has them at every interchange (including the fore-mentioned US 1/Media Bypass interchage) except at I-95, I-76 (mainly due to those interchanges being fully built years before I-476 opened) & I-276, though the latter has a toll plaza.

The exceptions you mention are exactly what I am talking about - imagine a metered connection 476 to 95... or 295 to 42 in NJ (to be on-topic).
You are aware that US 1 where it intersects I-476 is also a freeway/expressway; so it would indeed qualify as an expressway/expressway interchange. 

The current Exit 5 (original Exit 3) interchange configuration w/its 4 signalized ramp crossings was not what was originally planned and was designed/conceived roughly at the same time PennDOT downsized its I-476 corridor between PA 3 and MacDade Blvd. to 4 lanes rather than the original 6 lanes.  The supplemental ramp/loop signals there (and all non-freeway interchanges) were added about a year or two after the road's Dec. 1991 opening.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Flyer78 on March 19, 2013, 05:14:13 PM
Yes, it is freeway to freeway, with the "South to North" and "North to South" movements requiring going through fully signalized intersections, not ramp-meter like timing. It is possible, queue willing, to go from south to south  (or north to north) without stopping at any signal.  (Not to mention US-1 North's controlled-access portion ends just after that intersection.)

The only point I was making was to imagine the use of ramp meters (one car/two car per green) alternating/forcing a merge, as opposed to a full signal from one to another. My colleagues in CA swear by the system, but it is not something my party was expecting on a so-called high speed merge ramp between two expressways.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 20, 2013, 08:19:39 AM
The only point I was making was to imagine the use of ramp meters (one car/two car per green) alternating/forcing a merge, as opposed to a full signal from one to another. My colleagues in CA swear by the system, but it is not something my party was expecting on a so-called high speed merge ramp between two expressways.
If memory serves, PennDOT likely looked to CA when they planned and installed those ramp meter signals at the fore-mentioned US 22 & I-476 interchanges.

BTW and as mentioned earlier, the I-476/US 1 interchange has both signalization and ramp meters.  And while US 1 transitions from a limited-access highway to an arterial highway just north of the interchange as you stated; it's still considered a freeway-to-freeway interchange.  Had the interchange been built to its originally-designed configuration, I don't believe those ramp meter signals would've been added.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: MASTERNC on March 20, 2013, 10:59:13 PM
And Cali loves its ramp meters, even on freeway-to-freeway connections. Prepare to Stop warnings never seemed so urgent...
PA has those along US 22 in the Lehigh Valley area and the fore-mentioned I-476 has them at every interchange (including the fore-mentioned US 1/Media Bypass interchange) except at I-95, I-76 (mainly due to those interchanges being fully built years before I-476 opened) & I-276, though the latter has a toll plaza.

Not to elongate an "off topic" conversation but PennDOT also turned off the ramp meter from US 30 to I-476 NB, probably because it is a shorter ramp and merge area.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 21, 2013, 08:29:43 AM
Not to elongate an "off topic" conversation but PennDOT also turned off the ramp meter from US 30 to I-476 NB, probably because it is a shorter ramp and merge area.
The only ones I've seen actually turned on are the ones at:
MacDade Blvd. (Exit 1, nrthbound entrance only)
Baltimore Pike (Exit 3)
US 1/Media Bypass (Exit 5)

PA 3, US 30 & (this one's a surprise given that the interchange was built in the 70s) Ridge Pike have them as well but I don't believe I've ever seen them turned on and in use.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 21, 2013, 12:34:22 PM
OK, back to 295/42/76...

Minor construction stuff has started up this week.  Construction signs are up approaching the work zone.  Reduced speed limit signs haven't been posted yet, although the posts are mounted for those signs.  Those signs will be located no more than about a 1/4 or 1/2 mile prior to the construction zone.

Lane closures at night for some minor prep work.  Evidence of stakes and other stuff in/on the ground along the shoudlers for marking whatever they're marking.

A few permament VMS signs are getting installed before the construction zones; those are being worked on as well.

Two unrelated projects that the state wanted to work on to assist with traffic flow were the intersection of Benigno Blvd at NJ 168, and a new bridge deck on 168 over 295; both of those projects are nearing completion as well.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Interstatefan78 on March 21, 2013, 06:55:59 PM
I would say RT-42 needs HOV lanes up to the RT-55 Interchange since NJ Transit plans a Camden to Rowan University (Glassboro) bus line and also a NJDOT draft shows HOV lanes through the I-295/76 and RT-42 interchange  http://www.nj.gov/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/DraftStatementofPurpose.pdf (http://www.nj.gov/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/DraftStatementofPurpose.pdf)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Flyer78 on March 21, 2013, 07:12:49 PM
PA 3, US 30 & (this one's a surprise given that the interchange was built in the 70s) Ridge Pike have them as well but I don't believe I've ever seen them turned on and in use.

They are active at most ramps (with the recent construction at the northern end complete) -- except Ridge Pike to I-476 NB, and the afore-mentioned US30 to northbound.  PA 3 to North has not used them because the third-lane starts at that point, no merge necessary.

I am aware the other interchanges were completed years ago, but they actually replaced the ramp meters in the northern section (Ridge, Germantown, etc.) -- they could in theory be added if it was desired.

OK, back to 295/42/76...
...

A few permament VMS signs are getting installed before the construction zones; those are being worked on as well.

Do you know if there are plans to post travel times on these? That has been rather useful at for some projects in PA along the Turnpike...
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: SteveG1988 on March 22, 2013, 08:45:56 AM
PA 3, US 30 & (this one's a surprise given that the interchange was built in the 70s) Ridge Pike have them as well but I don't believe I've ever seen them turned on and in use.

They are active at most ramps (with the recent construction at the northern end complete) -- except Ridge Pike to I-476 NB, and the afore-mentioned US30 to northbound.  PA 3 to North has not used them because the third-lane starts at that point, no merge necessary.

I am aware the other interchanges were completed years ago, but they actually replaced the ramp meters in the northern section (Ridge, Germantown, etc.) -- they could in theory be added if it was desired.

OK, back to 295/42/76...
...

A few permament VMS signs are getting installed before the construction zones; those are being worked on as well.

Do you know if there are plans to post travel times on these? That has been rather useful at for some projects in PA along the Turnpike...

I know they had them when they did construction with cattlechutes north of exit 26, so i would say, it is very likely
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 22, 2013, 10:17:59 AM
I would say RT-42 needs HOV lanes up to the RT-55 Interchange since NJ Transit plans a Camden to Rowan University (Glassboro) bus line and also a NJDOT draft shows HOV lanes through the I-295/76 and RT-42 interchange  http://www.nj.gov/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/DraftStatementofPurpose.pdf (http://www.nj.gov/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/DraftStatementofPurpose.pdf)

I recall seeing a list somewhere of the possible alternatives and/or additions to a revised interchange or traffic pattern.

HOV lanes were the first thing eliminated.  This was also at a time when the HOV lanes on I-80 in North Jersey were failing bigtime, so I think NJDOT was a bit hesitant to include them in another large scale project.  And EZ Pass was just ramping up.  A lot of congestion at that time was due to the toll plaza 4 miles ahead at the Walt Whitman Bridge. With EZ Pass usage so great now, it's eliminated the bridge congestion and the resulting advantage HOV lanes would provide. (Having said that, I take a carpool where most days 4 people are in the car. They would sometimes prove very valuable if my route had them installed.)

As far as that rail line is concerned, NJDOT/NJ Transit is heavily considering Exclusive Bus Lanes along Rt. 42 rather than a HOV lane.  The rail line will use existing Conrail tracks thru several small towns kinda/sorta parallel to NJ 45.



Do you know if there are plans to post travel times on these? That has been rather useful at for some projects in PA along the Turnpike...

What NJDOT has done in the past is use the portable VMS signs with mobile dopplar radar units.  I believe they are utilizing these again for the project.  The permanent ones I mentioned above will be used for specific messages.  BUT...

Even better...

NJDOT has started posting travel times on many of their VMS's along 295!  Currently, they appear to be doing it during rush hours in the main direction of travel.  They have been very convenient and accurate so far.  The message is very simple (maybe even a little too abbreviated, actually).  A few typical signs I see in the morning are as follows:

On 295 North after Exit 23 (US 130):

WALT       9 MIN
BEN        13 MIN
NJ70       14 MIN

And further north, say, between NJ Routes 70 & 73, the sign will show

NJ38          5 MIN
EX47        11 MIN
29/195     24 MIN

For the normal traffic, they would know the WALT to be the Walt Whitman Bridge, BEN to be the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the normal traffic would know those are destinations not reached on 295 alone. Notice the use of both route numbers and exit numbers...I guess based on what they feel people would recognize the most.  Notice too they eliminate the "Travel Times" line, mileage, etc.  From what I've seen, traffic tends to move smoothly approachign the signs, so people aren't slowing down to try to understand them.

I wished they would put a space between NJ38 (NJ 38), and there's enough room to write out EXIT 47, rather than EX47.  Signs further North will show the time to Route 1, written as US-1.

The longest line I've seen is DEL MEM BR  38 MIN, so there's about enough room for 10 characters before the time.  And on the signs on 295 South near Exit 24A & Exit 15, they take 2 lines to write the following.  No message is on the 3rd line.

COMMODORE
BARRY BR  15 MIN
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: CrystalWalrein on March 24, 2013, 11:39:16 PM
I hope everyone understands that there are wetlands where NJ 42 crosses over the Turnpike, so good luck convincing the state to mitigate them for a connection between the two roads.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 25, 2013, 01:42:04 AM
I hope everyone understands that there are wetlands where NJ 42 crosses over the Turnpike, so good luck convincing the state to mitigate them for a connection between the two roads.

Do those wetlands have to be filled-in to build a connection?  I don't think so.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: CrystalWalrein on March 25, 2013, 03:15:18 PM
I hope everyone understands that there are wetlands where NJ 42 crosses over the Turnpike, so good luck convincing the state to mitigate them for a connection between the two roads.

Do those wetlands have to be filled-in to build a connection?  I don't think so.

Well, if you want to completely rebuild NJ 42 and NJ 55 all the way to NJ 41 (in addition to I-76 and I-295), and take out Interstate Business Park in the process, no.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on March 25, 2013, 09:27:12 PM
I hope everyone understands that there are wetlands where NJ 42 crosses over the Turnpike, so good luck convincing the state to mitigate them for a connection between the two roads.
That, and not enough room for proper interchange construction given the volume that would use the connection. That's why updating the Benigno Blvd. corridor makes much more sense.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 25, 2013, 11:56:19 PM
I hope everyone understands that there are wetlands where NJ 42 crosses over the Turnpike, so good luck convincing the state to mitigate them for a connection between the two roads.
That, and not enough room for proper interchange construction given the volume that would use the connection. That's why updating the Benigno Blvd. corridor makes much more sense.

Has someone actually modeled the demand for a connection between the Turnpike and N.J. 42?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 26, 2013, 09:19:01 AM
I'm sure there's been many drawing for one! :-)

The biggest hinderence would've been where to put a toll plaza.  With the Turnpike's expected move to all-electronic tolling, the toll plaza probably isn't that big of a deal, and individual ramps can be constructed that don't need to tie into a single toll plaza.

There are a few challanges here - On Rt. 42, Exits for Creek Rd & Rt. 55 are close to the turnpike, and the Exit for Rt. 544 is within a mile as well.  The 295/42 missing move ramps will touchdown near the area as well.  On the Turnpike, existing Exit 3 is 2 miles to the north, and the Turnpike has generally disapproved of close interchanges especially in the southern part of the state.

The whole area is wetlands, and while ramps can be built on pilings, it greatly drives up the cost.  In various corners of the intersection of 42 & the Turnpike, there's a shopping center, an industrial park, a capped landfill that will become a shopping center, and a 55 & over housing development.  Sure, they're not right up against the intersection, but they will restrict where the ramps could go. 

From what I can gather, the toughest ramps to construct would be those to and from Rt. 42 South. 

Can it be done?  Absolutely.  Anything can be done anywhere.  There's just a lot to work around.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ARMOURERERIC on March 26, 2013, 03:39:04 PM
Feel free to move this to fictional:

Built a trumpet on the NJTP at Caulfield Ave, build a 4 lane access controlled facility along the ROW of Caulfield over Clements Bridge to the trumpet bridge for Deptford Ctr over 55, put a cloverleaf in insteat of the trumpet at Deptford Ctr.  Deptford Center gets upgraded to whatever the ADT requires then goes to a semi-directional to 42 south.  Caulfield seems to have few homes and a wider clear ROW
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 26, 2013, 03:53:43 PM
Feel free to move this to fictional:

Built a trumpet on the NJTP at Caulfield Ave, build a 4 lane access controlled facility along the ROW of Caulfield over Clements Bridge to the trumpet bridge for Deptford Ctr over 55, put a cloverleaf in insteat of the trumpet at Deptford Ctr.  Deptford Center gets upgraded to whatever the ADT requires then goes to a semi-directional to 42 south.  Caulfield seems to have few homes and a wider clear ROW

Caulfied is actually quite residential with a 35 mph speed limit.  My grandparents lived just off that road for many years, in fact, predating the NJ Turnpike!

There were plans to convert the Rt. 55/Deptford Center Rd to a full interchange, with the missing leg coming out to Greenbrier Ln. at Clements Bridge Rd.  I think I may even have them saved somewhere from a public meeting.  Obviously, that went nowhere.

Regardless, none of this solves problem of a lack of an interchange with the Turnpike & 42, which is what people actually want. I know - with this plan, motorists can get from the Turnpike to 42 via 55 and Deptford Center Rd.  But...that's basically what we have now with the current Exit 3.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 26, 2013, 04:08:14 PM
I'm sure there's been many drawing for one! :-)

The biggest hinderence would've been where to put a toll plaza.  With the Turnpike's expected move to all-electronic tolling, the toll plaza probably isn't that big of a deal, and individual ramps can be constructed that don't need to tie into a single toll plaza.

And even if the Turnpike Authority has not gotten to all cashless operation, it could designate an Exit 2A as E-ZPass only.

There are a few challanges here - On Rt. 42, Exits for Creek Rd & Rt. 55 are close to the turnpike, and the Exit for Rt. 544 is within a mile as well.  The 295/42 missing move ramps will touchdown near the area as well.  On the Turnpike, existing Exit 3 is 2 miles to the north, and the Turnpike has generally disapproved of close interchanges especially in the southern part of the state.

An Exit 2A would indeed be fairly close to existing Exit 3.  There would need to be a lot of "flying" ramps to connect to 42.

The whole area is wetlands, and while ramps can be built on pilings, it greatly drives up the cost.  In various corners of the intersection of 42 & the Turnpike, there's a shopping center, an industrial park, a capped landfill that will become a shopping center, and a 55 & over housing development.  Sure, they're not right up against the intersection, but they will restrict where the ramps could go.

All correct.  But it is possible to build an interchange over an area with a lot of wetlands, or even plain water - not so far from South Jersey is the interchange south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel of I-95 (Exit 52) and I-395 - nearly all of it built above a saltwater arm of the Patapsco River (Google Maps here (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=baltimore+md&hl=en&ll=39.267464,-76.624124&spn=0.009286,0.01929&safe=off&hnear=Baltimore,+Maryland&gl=us&t=h&z=16)).

And if there's a highway agency with the engineering know-how on-staff or under contract to build something like this, it's the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

From what I can gather, the toughest ramps to construct would be those to and from Rt. 42 South. 

Can it be done?  Absolutely.  Anything can be done anywhere.  There's just a lot to work around.

Were NJDOT and the Turnpike Authority to get serious about this project, I am sure that there would be many self-described experts who would make claims like "it can't be built."
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on March 26, 2013, 06:24:58 PM

The biggest hindrance would've been where to put a toll plaza.  With the Turnpike's expected move to all-electronic tolling, the toll plaza probably isn't that big of a deal, and individual ramps can be constructed that don't need to tie into a single toll plaza.

Expected move... when, though? I've heard no timetable for the Turnpike - they may have speculated a few years ago, but that's been drawn back off the table.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 26, 2013, 07:30:45 PM

The biggest hindrance would've been where to put a toll plaza.  With the Turnpike's expected move to all-electronic tolling, the toll plaza probably isn't that big of a deal, and individual ramps can be constructed that don't need to tie into a single toll plaza.

Expected move... when, though? I've heard no timetable for the Turnpike - they may have speculated a few years ago, but that's been drawn back off the table.

I think that conversion to cashless will happen eventually (Peter Samuel of TOLLROADSNews reported speculation (http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/5983) in 2012 that the GSP might be converted to cashless before the Turnpike). 

The benefits (in terms of lower operating costs, safety and reduced vehicle emissions) are too great to ignore.

But perhaps the N.J. Turnpike Authority wants to wait and see how things shake out next door on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's network, which has stated on-record that it is going to convert to cashless (and Peter reported (http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/6076) (also in 2012) that some outfit named HNTB ;-) was awarded the contract to manage the conversion to cashless in  Penn's Woods).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 27, 2013, 09:55:40 AM
Correct - no timetable, and a lot of it is probably appeasing the Turnpike's Toll union.  It's going to happen, no doubt.  Just a matter of when.  EZ Pass usage is over 80% on both toll roads, I believe.


The whole area is wetlands, and while ramps can be built on pilings, it greatly drives up the cost.  In various corners of the intersection of 42 & the Turnpike, there's a shopping center, an industrial park, a capped landfill that will become a shopping center, and a 55 & over housing development.  Sure, they're not right up against the intersection, but they will restrict where the ramps could go.

All correct.  But it is possible to build an interchange over an area with a lot of wetlands, or even plain water - not so far from South Jersey is the interchange south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel of I-95 (Exit 52) and I-395 - nearly all of it built above a saltwater arm of the Patapsco River (Google Maps here (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=baltimore+md&hl=en&ll=39.267464,-76.624124&spn=0.009286,0.01929&safe=off&hnear=Baltimore,+Maryland&gl=us&t=h&z=16)).

And if there's a highway agency with the engineering know-how on-staff or under contract to build something like this, it's the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

It's not a matter of knowing how to do it, it's a matter of NJ's very strict environmental regulations.  NJ Environmentalists seem ready to pounce on any project that involves disturbing even a puddle of water.  It can be done; it just take a lot of patience and expense. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 27, 2013, 10:39:13 AM
It's not a matter of knowing how to do it, it's a matter of NJ's very strict environmental regulations.  NJ Environmentalists seem ready to pounce on any project that involves disturbing even a puddle of water.  It can be done; it just take a lot of patience and expense. 

Maryland is probably as strict.  Goodness knows we have a loud and well-funded anti-highway cabal.

And there are federal and state laws and regulations, some of which are redundant, but must be complied with.  The federal ones include Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the  Clean Air Act Amendments of 1991 and Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Chris19001 on March 27, 2013, 01:33:09 PM
For a NJTP build-in, couldn't NJDOT just simplify the whole idea of a transfer between the I-295 and NJTP? 
All they would need to do is offer a way to get from southbound 295 to/from southbound NJTP, and northbound 295 to/from northbound NJTP somewhere north of the 42 interchange. 
The movements don't have to be at the 42 interchange itself, and the other movements between 295 and the NJTP could be left to what's there presently?
I could never figure out why the NJTP and I-295 couldn't just build a few slip ramps when they are so close together for miles.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 27, 2013, 02:21:30 PM
For a NJTP build-in, couldn't NJDOT just simplify the whole idea of a transfer between the I-295 and NJTP? 
All they would need to do is offer a way to get from southbound 295 to/from southbound NJTP, and northbound 295 to/from northbound NJTP somewhere north of the 42 interchange. 
The movements don't have to be at the 42 interchange itself, and the other movements between 295 and the NJTP could be left to what's there presently?
I could never figure out why the NJTP and I-295 couldn't just build a few slip ramps when they are so close together for miles.

The NJ Turnpike and the rest of New Jersey might as well be two separate countries.  For two roads so close together, they are so far apart.

NJDOT has gotten better in using their VMS signage to mention issues on the NJ Turnpike, especially heavy congestion and closures.  But, rarely (and honestly, I can't think of any examples) does the NJ Turnpike mention issues on I-295 or other state roadways.  One would think the Turnpike should...after all, in most cases the suggested alternate route would be to remain on the turnpike, increasing the money the 'pike would take in from the motorist.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NE2 on March 27, 2013, 03:03:47 PM
For a NJTP build-in, couldn't NJDOT just simplify the whole idea of a transfer between the I-295 and NJTP?
This. If the 295-42 missing ramps are built, all you need is a pair of slip ramps along the long parallel to the north. No need to spend billions on a redundant interchange just to satisfy CP's dislike of "breezewoods".
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Delrey on April 01, 2013, 02:22:45 PM
Hello all, newbie here. Just wondering why the AC Expressway / NJ 42 can't be signed also as I-76 east? Similar to the PA and KS turnpikes? Why did the state choose to go this route instead of just continuing on with an actual tolled interstate? Furthermore, why is this area of the country so defiantly different from the norm or standard? Guessing something to do with age of the roads and layouts? My apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere on the forum, I did do a search, but ended up here. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadgeek2500 on April 01, 2013, 04:52:43 PM
Well, the main reason I-76 cant be extended all the way is because the AC Expy. ends ant a traffic light, and some of it isn't up to today's (MUTCD) standards.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: vdeane on April 01, 2013, 04:58:55 PM
There are plenty of interstates that end at traffic lights.  Pretty sure there's nothing against that as long as there are no at-grades between the ends.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 01, 2013, 08:20:31 PM
The NJ Turnpike and the rest of New Jersey might as well be two separate countries.  For two roads so close together, they are so far apart.

That is unfortunate - and it is (IMO) a failure of New Jersey's elected officials to insist (through legislation, if needed) that the N.J. Turnpike Authority must play ball with the NJDOT.  Like it or not, they are parts of one transportation system, even if the Turnpike gets to charge tolls and the DOT does not. 

NJDOT has gotten better in using their VMS signage to mention issues on the NJ Turnpike, especially heavy congestion and closures.  But, rarely (and honestly, I can't think of any examples) does the NJ Turnpike mention issues on I-295 or other state roadways.  One would think the Turnpike should...after all, in most cases the suggested alternate route would be to remain on the turnpike, increasing the money the 'pike would take in from the motorist.

In terms of operations (and incident response) the toll road network is very nearly always a (relatively-speaking) small part of a very large system.

Regarding the Turnpike and I-295, there is some synergy there, I believe.  The Turnpike excels at serving the longer-distance "through" trips, while I-295 serves the shorter local trips (I realize that there are drivers that shunpike their way onto I-295 to save some toll dollars). 

Significant exceptions perhaps being Orlando, Florida, where all of the freeway-class roads are toll roads, with the sole exception of I-4, and the suburbs of Chicago, where most of the freeways are owned and maintained by the ISTHA.

But the attitude that "our concern ends at our exit plaza" needs to stop, though I am not sure how to make that happen, with the exception of through the  state's elected officials.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on April 01, 2013, 08:39:16 PM
Hello all, newbie here. Just wondering why the AC Expressway / NJ 42 can't be signed also as I-76 east? Similar to the PA and KS turnpikes? Why did the state choose to go this route instead of just continuing on with an actual tolled interstate? Furthermore, why is this area of the country so defiantly different from the norm or standard? Guessing something to do with age of the roads and layouts? My apologies if this has been addressed elsewhere on the forum, I did do a search, but ended up here. Thanks in advance.
The main reason is that NJ would have to apply for the extension, and they never did. The ACE was built when toll roads were the main way to get around, so with no through route needing to use it (unlike the northern half of the NJ Turnpike), no designation was sought.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 02, 2013, 08:43:59 AM
Well, the main reason I-76 cant be extended all the way is because the AC Expy. ends ant a traffic light, and some of it isn't up to today's (MUTCD) standards.

Is any of that true, or did someone make that up and it gets repeated over and over again?

If all it took was upgrading the highway, that could've been done a while ago. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on April 02, 2013, 09:53:52 AM
History of the AC Expressway can be found at:

http://www.phillyroads.com/roads/atlantic-city/ (http://www.phillyroads.com/roads/atlantic-city/)

A likely reason (guess on my part) why the AC Expressway wasn't assigned as an Interstate when it was built or planned was due to the fact that at the time it was built the maximum total mileage of the National Interstate Highway System (w/its 90/10 Federal/State funding ratio that was in place at the time) was limited to 41,000 miles.  The bump-up to 42,500 miles wouldn't occur until the late 60s/early 70s. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Interstatefan78 on April 03, 2013, 11:16:40 PM
I would say RT-42 needs HOV lanes up to the RT-55 Interchange since NJ Transit plans a Camden to Rowan University (Glassboro) bus line and also a NJDOT draft shows HOV lanes through the I-295/76 and RT-42 interchange  http://www.nj.gov/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/DraftStatementofPurpose.pdf (http://www.nj.gov/transportation/works/studies/rt295/pdf/DraftStatementofPurpose.pdf)

I recall seeing a list somewhere of the possible alternatives and/or additions to a revised interchange or traffic pattern.

HOV lanes were the first thing eliminated.  This was also at a time when the HOV lanes on I-80 in North Jersey were failing bigtime, so I think NJDOT was a bit hesitant to include them in another large scale project.  And EZ Pass was just ramping up.  A lot of congestion at that time was due to the toll plaza 4 miles ahead at the Walt Whitman Bridge. With EZ Pass usage so great now, it's eliminated the bridge congestion and the resulting advantage HOV lanes would provide. (Having said that, I take a carpool where most days 4 people are in the car. They would sometimes prove very valuable if my route had them installed.)

As far as that rail line is concerned, NJDOT/NJ Transit is heavily considering Exclusive Bus Lanes along Rt. 42 rather than a HOV lane.  The rail line will use existing Conrail tracks thru several small towns kinda/sorta parallel to NJ 45.



Do you know if there are plans to post travel times on these? That has been rather useful at for some projects in PA along the Turnpike...

What NJDOT has done in the past is use the portable VMS signs with mobile dopplar radar units.  I believe they are utilizing these again for the project.  The permanent ones I mentioned above will be used for specific messages.  BUT...

Even better...

NJDOT has started posting travel times on many of their VMS's along 295!  Currently, they appear to be doing it during rush hours in the main direction of travel.  They have been very convenient and accurate so far.  The message is very simple (maybe even a little too abbreviated, actually).  A few typical signs I see in the morning are as follows:

On 295 North after Exit 23 (US 130):

WALT       9 MIN
BEN        13 MIN
NJ70       14 MIN

And further north, say, between NJ Routes 70 & 73, the sign will show

NJ38          5 MIN
EX47        11 MIN
29/195     24 MIN

For the normal traffic, they would know the WALT to be the Walt Whitman Bridge, BEN to be the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the normal traffic would know those are destinations not reached on 295 alone. Notice the use of both route numbers and exit numbers...I guess based on what they feel people would recognize the most.  Notice too they eliminate the "Travel Times" line, mileage, etc.  From what I've seen, traffic tends to move smoothly approachign the signs, so people aren't slowing down to try to understand them.

I wished they would put a space between NJ38 (NJ 38), and there's enough room to write out EXIT 47, rather than EX47.  Signs further North will show the time to Route 1, written as US-1.

The longest line I've seen is DEL MEM BR  38 MIN, so there's about enough room for 10 characters before the time.  And on the signs on 295 South near Exit 24A & Exit 15, they take 2 lines to write the following.  No message is on the 3rd line.

COMMODORE
BARRY BR  15 MIN
Thats's great and Maybe NJDOT can use the SanDAG/ Caltrans district 11 of running buses along with cars on the Bus XBL lanes with single rides being charged a toll buses and hovs are free  but it would require buses to get off RT-42 at exit 12 and 13 to pick up bus riders on the way to Camden/Philly http://fastrak.511sd.com/san-diego-toll-roads/i-15-express-lanes (http://fastrak.511sd.com/san-diego-toll-roads/i-15-express-lanes)  http://fastrak.511sd.com/i-15-mts-express-bus (http://fastrak.511sd.com/i-15-mts-express-bus) IF NJDOT follows the SD example then the buses would be marketed as RT-42/I-295 express buses, and it will require a XBL ramps to the RT-42/I-295,76 interchange :D
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 10, 2013, 08:48:41 AM
http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BZ&Dato=20130405&Kategori=HISTORIC&Lopenr=304050805&Ref=PH

Historic Pictures and maps of I-295; mostly from the 60's and 70's, with a few pics from the 80's.

Some interesting notes I noticed:

The roadway, especially from I-76/Rt. 42 North, is pretty much still in the same condition it was when originally built upwards of 40 years ago, other than surface paving.  This is especially noted at the interchanges which are of the same design as shown when built, other than maybe the addition of a traffic light. 

The Aljo curve originally had an advisory speed of 40 mph.  At some point, it became a regulatory, posted limit of 35 mph.  As shown in the pics, the curve has always had speeding problems since Day 1, with numerous overturned vehicles and fatal accidents.  The original wall in the Aljo curve after passing underneath 76 appears to be about 8'+/- high.  I'm guessing a guardrail was added in front of that later on, and then the wall was reduced in height and a concrete jersey barrier replaced the guardrail. 

A few pics are shown of I-295 in the West Deptford area (around Exits 20 - 22).  In this area, I-295 was built in the 1970's and multiplexed with US 130.  The at-grade access to the businesses was kept intact, with a 50 mph limit on 295/130.  In the late 80's (I barely remember that construction - I was about 15 at the time), the highway was upgraded to standard interstate highway conditions. The local businesses were not happy they were losing their convenient access to the highway.

In one pic, you can see I-76's Express/Local lane split (the snow covers a small concrete curb).  The far side is I-76 East, and that split was removed about a decade ago.  The near side is I-76 West, and that split should be removed either this year or next year.  One plan I saw for the removal and subsequent repaving entails spliting WB traffic into 3 cattleshutes - a dual lane to the right utilizing the Local Lane's right lane and right shoudler, a single lane utilizing the Express Lane's left lane, and a contraflow dual lane utilizing I-76 EB's left shoulder and left lane.  The rest of I-76 EB will be shifted to the right.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: agentsteel53 on April 10, 2013, 09:35:16 AM
http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BZ&Dato=20130405&Kategori=HISTORIC&Lopenr=304050805&Ref=PH


some awesome signs in that batch, including a 1962 outline-shield green sign, and a 1973 photo of an unveiling with what appears to be a 4 foot I-295 shield.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on April 10, 2013, 10:08:54 AM
A few pics are shown of I-295 in the West Deptford area (around Exits 20 - 22).  In this area, I-295 was built in the 1970's and multiplexed with US 130.  The at-grade access to the businesses was kept intact, with a 50 mph limit on 295/130.  In the late 80's (I barely remember that construction - I was about 15 at the time), the highway was upgraded to standard interstate highway conditions. The local businesses were not happy they were losing their convenient access to the highway.
That corridor upgrade actually occurred during the 1990s.  When I first moved to the Delaware Valley in July 1990, reconstruction of that corridor was still in the very early preliminary stages.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 10, 2013, 10:29:52 AM
Philly.com, which has an excellent inventory of older newspaper articles, indicates the construction occurred from 1989-1992 (originally scheduled for 88-91).  At the time, the project was the state's most expensive highway project, at a whole $106 million. This was also found in one of the articles: "'This is the so-called missing link (of I-295) in New Jersey,' said DOT engineer Frank Scymanski."

At least 295 existed in that area, even if it was in name only.  I guess Scymanski wasn't familiar with the lack of any sort of I-295 between Exits 57 & 61 near DOT's Trenton area offices, which didn't open until 1994.


The West Deptford area project was definitely completed in 1993, when I started driving.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on April 10, 2013, 01:27:10 PM
Philly.com, which has an excellent inventory of older newspaper articles, indicates the construction occurred from 1989-1992 (originally scheduled for 88-91).
I'm assuming that construction project included land clearing, utility relocating & site demolition in the widened right-of-way which likely took place towards the beginning of construction.

As I stated earlier, when I was driving along that stretch of I-295 in mid-1990 (mainly for apartment hunting), the major construction hadn't yet directly impacted the mainline travel lanes.  Most of the construction at the time was along the sides.  OTOH, by 1991 the major reconstruction of the actual roadway itself was going full steam.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 15, 2013, 10:22:23 AM
295/76/42 rebuild shows signs of blooming in the Spring. Play Ball!

http://www.gloucestercitynews.net/clearysnotebook/2013/04/meandering-w-mark-matthews-2957642-rebuild-shows-signs-of-blooming-in-the-spring-play-ball.html

Plenty of good pictures of the beginning stages of construction.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 16, 2013, 02:21:43 PM
So...an update from my perspective of what's been done over the 1st month or so of construction:

Shoulders on 295 around the 35 mph curves are being removed and reconstructed just a little bit wider.  This will probably be related to lane shifts during the project.  A bridge height warning has also been posted over the shoulder for 295 SB traffic underneath I-76 (Left lane is 14'2", right lane is 13'9", right shoulder is barely tall enough at 13'7").

A number of trees have been removed along 295 South as it veers away from Rt. 42, clearly exposing the ballfields and buildings that sat just off I-295. Pictures are posted in my previous reply above.

A small portion of sound barrier was removed from 295 North.  "Sound Test" has been spraypainted on the adjacent sound barrier wall. 

A small area was cleared away along I-76 West for construction vehicles to park. 

So far...that's about all. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on April 16, 2013, 06:09:06 PM
So...an update from my perspective of what's been done over the 1st month or so of construction:

Shoulders on 295 around the 35 mph curves are being removed and reconstructed just a little bit wider.  This will probably be related to lane shifts during the project.  A bridge height warning has also been posted over the shoulder for 295 SB traffic underneath I-76 (Left lane is 14'2", right lane is 13'9", right shoulder is barely tall enough at 13'7").

A number of trees have been removed along 295 South as it veers away from Rt. 42, clearly exposing the ballfields and buildings that sat just off I-295. Pictures are posted in my previous reply above.

A small portion of sound barrier was removed from 295 North.  "Sound Test" has been spraypainted on the adjacent sound barrier wall. 

A small area was cleared away along I-76 West for construction vehicles to park. 

So far...that's about all. 
I'm foreseeing a Philly Meet next year...
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jpi on April 16, 2013, 11:12:24 PM
Ditto Steve! If I am in central PA at the time, should be doable for me! :-)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on April 17, 2013, 12:24:23 PM
I'm foreseeing a Philly Meet next year...
Looking forward to it; especially since it's literally in my backyard so to speak.  :sombrero:
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 17, 2013, 12:51:10 PM
Hopefully there's something to see.  At the very least, it'll be a "this is what it looks like now...and come back in a few years to see what it looks like then". 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on April 17, 2013, 06:32:30 PM
Hopefully there's something to see.  At the very least, it'll be a "this is what it looks like now...and come back in a few years to see what it looks like then". 

To be monitored. May take 2 years to get the good stuff going like new overpasses.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: elsmere241 on April 20, 2013, 10:44:26 PM
I'm foreseeing a Philly Meet next year...
Looking forward to it; especially since it's literally in my backyard so to speak.  :sombrero:

And mine (almost).  I might be able to escape for a Saturday or something.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 23, 2013, 03:15:10 PM
I'm foreseeing a Philly Meet next year...
Looking forward to it; especially since it's literally in my backyard so to speak.  :sombrero:

So, is your backyard now exposed to the highway due to the missing sound barriers??
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on May 03, 2013, 10:16:36 AM
High court refuses Bellmawr cemetery hearing
http://www.courierpostonline.com/proart/20130503/news01/305030025?pagerestricted=1
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The state Supreme Court said Thursday it will not hear a legal challenge to the use of eminent domain at New St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bellmawr.
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The DOT is acquiring the land as part of its Direct Connection project, which is intended to improve traffic flow at the confluence of Route 42 and Interstates 76 and 295. The parcel contains no graves, a diocesan spokesman has said.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 07, 2013, 09:30:33 AM
http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2013/05/bellmawr_residents_close_to_i-.html

"Bellmawr residents close to I-295, I-76 overhaul describe 'nightmare' construction"

To give a quick background that the story left out - the soundwalls were installed about 14 - 15 years ago.  I remember the project well...I started my current job 14 1/2 years ago, and my 3rd day on the job, a crane installing the sound wall flipped over on 295, causing major traffic issues. 

So over those past 14 years, the people on the other side of the sound barrier have lived life pretty good, considering that a interchange handling nearly 300,000 vehicles daily is mere feet away. 

And due to that traffic, lanes can't be closed during the day, so nighttime is when the majority of the traffic will occur, even though it's going to be a big inconvenience for those that live in the many houses nearby.

I do disagree with the assertion that the project won't benefit them though, even if they don't drive a vehicle.  There's a lot of congestion on the local roads due to people avoiding the interchange, especially during rush hour.  The new interchange will keep people on the highways, and off the local streets.  And that benefits the local residents as well as those traveling thru on the highways.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 15, 2013, 01:02:18 PM
Over the past month…

More trees have been removed along where 42/295 North multiplex, and along 295 South.  Trees have been removed as well between 295 South and the ramp for 295 South from 76 West.  295 South traffic is now utilizing the right lane and shoulder as they enter the Aljo curve, underneath I-76.  Paving on a slightly new alignment at the Exit 26 ‘Point’ for I-76 West will again change slightly the traffic movement for I-295 South traffic in the near future.  Temporary barriers have been installed in various locations on the left and right shoulders for various upcoming construction activities.

Nearly all the soundwall along 42 North & 295 North has been removed.

Off the interchange, new ground-mounted variable message signs have been installed in the median on Rt. 42.  Overhead variable message signs are ready to be mounted on I-295 North near Exit 22, and I-295 South near Exit 28.  New traffic lights and related hardware continue to be installed along NJ 168 & US 130.

Both NJ 168 projects – the Intersection improvement at Benigno Blvd & the new bridge deck over I-295, are nearly complete, with some repaving of the roadway approaching I-295 being the most major of the final items to finish up.

Temporary Variable Message signs along NJ 42, 55, I-676 & I-295 are in use.  The signs on 42 & 55 display the time to I-295 & Walt (Whitman Bridge); the signs on 76 & 676 display times to 295, 55 and/or the AC Expressway.  I’ve noticed the times to I-295 seem to be a bit off in both directions – going North on 42 & 55, one would need to do about 90 mph to reach the destination within the stated time; on 676 South, one could ride a bicycle to reach the destination based on the time.  My thinking is the point used for I-295 must be a bit off.  The signs on I-295 don’t display a time, but rather a message that says traffic is slow for 2 miles, or stopped for 5 miles, or similar.  And it’s unclear if it means 2 mile sahead, or next 2 miles.  From what I’ve seen on the signs versus what I experience while driving, they aren’t really matching up with actual conditions.  When there are no delays, the signs are blank.  Permanent VMS signs are now used on I-295 to display the “minutes to” for various destinations on the entire 67 mile highway…they tend to be fairly accurate, within a few minutes +/-.

Unusual is the fact that the reduced speed limit signs, commonly found anywhere near a construction zone, still haven’t been posted.  The poles were mounted long ago, but the signs were left off. 

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 27, 2013, 09:00:09 AM
The construction update for the past 40 days or so…

Tree removal continues, although that has slowed down as most of the land required for this contract has been cleared. Much of the sound wall along where 295 & 42 meet has been removed.  A very small section (about 6 panels wide) remains. Plans available online indicate that portion of sound wall may be part of the permanent sound wall in the new configuration…and may also indicate they are reusing sound wall panels that were previously removed.

Lane shifts are now utilized for 295 North on the 35 mph curve down towards Rt. 42, and on 295 South in the Aljo curve.  About ¾ of the jersey barrier between 42 South & 295 South has been removed, replaced with either a temporary jersey barrier or orange barrels.

Land has been cleared around the Bell Rd overpass (just south of Rt. 168), and a lot of construction activity is taking place in the 295 median in the vicinity of Bell Rd.  Shortly, construction to replace that bridge will take place.  Traffic will utilize a single lane of the bridge, with temporary traffic lights controlling the flow across the bridge.

Speed Limits were finally reduced around the construction project area in late May, nearly 2 months after construction started.  I-76 & Rt. 42 dropped from 55 mph to a 45 mph speed limit.  I-295 North briefly drops from 65 to 50 before slowing down to 45 mph.  I-295 South drops from 55 mph to 45 mph.  The 35 mph speed limit on the 295 curves remains as is.

Construction of new traffic lights continues on Rt. 168 & US 130.  It appears in addition to the optical camera sensors, there’s a white box on many of the traffic light arms, as if it’s some sort of doppler radar or other traffic detection system.  The projects on Rt. 168 at Benigno Blvd & at 295 are complete.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: SteveG1988 on June 27, 2013, 05:33:02 PM
Jeffandnicole, how bad are the lane shifts, are they abrupt or do they feel normal?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on June 27, 2013, 06:48:00 PM

Construction of new traffic lights continues on Rt. 168 & US 130.  It appears in addition to the optical camera sensors, there’s a white box on many of the traffic light arms, as if it’s some sort of doppler radar or other traffic detection system.  The projects on Rt. 168 at Benigno Blvd & at 295 are complete.

My guess as to the white box is a transmitter to keep the signals coordinated.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 28, 2013, 09:06:37 AM
Jeffandnicole, how bad are the lane shifts, are they abrupt or do they feel normal?

Currently, they feel normal.  NB is a gentle 1 lane shift, Left lane to right lane; right lane to right shoulder.  SB, as one enters the Aljo curve, the lanes shift left first onto new pavement then shift right to the right lane/shoulder.  Ignoring the obvious construction equipment and barriers, someone not familiar with the area would barely notice them.  The worst of it may be the 295 lane shift after meeting with 42 North/76 West, as it reduced by 100 feet or so the area where one can merge between the two roadways.


My guess as to the white box is a transmitter to keep the signals coordinated.

I've seen transmitter boxes as well (they have a small antenna sticking out of them).

I'll try to take a few pics of the equipment on the masts and poles at the traffic lights. Even on other NJ roadways where they utilize an adaptive traffic control system, I've never seen the white.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on June 29, 2013, 01:59:26 PM
Is this really going to be complete by 2020?   :hmmm:
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 29, 2013, 04:10:54 PM
2 picks of the white boxes.  The 1st one shows it's location on a traffic light mast.  Many intersections they're off to one side, even along the curb.  And then I've seen some in the median. It appears some do have a small antenna sticking out underneath them.  I wasn't able to get a picture of another box I've seen on the poles as well.

The camera you see in the picture as well is the optical traffic sensor camera.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/IMAG5761.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/IMAG5761.jpg.html)

This one is a closer view of them - the 2 back to back will be on US 130 South (the roadway is split at this intersection); the other one is facing Market St in Gloucester City.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/IMAG57641.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/IMAG57641.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on July 01, 2013, 07:54:06 PM
2 picks of the white boxes.  The 1st one shows it's location on a traffic light mast.  Many intersections they're off to one side, even along the curb.  And then I've seen some in the median. It appears some do have a small antenna sticking out underneath them.  I wasn't able to get a picture of another box I've seen on the poles as well.

The camera you see in the picture as well is the optical traffic sensor camera.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/IMAG5761.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/IMAG5761.jpg.html)

This one is a closer view of them - the 2 back to back will be on US 130 South (the roadway is split at this intersection); the other one is facing Market St in Gloucester City.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/IMAG57641.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/IMAG57641.jpg.html)
If those aren't for transmitting coordination between signals, I'll eat Thomas Jefferson.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 01, 2013, 08:37:01 PM
In most cases, there are only two boxes, and they are facing 130 (or along 168, facing 168).  In the example above in Gloucester City, there's about 200' or so of Market Street in between 130 North and South.  Thus, I guess, the reason for the 3rd box to either 'talk' with the other intersection or sense traffic.

If it helps any, here's the bid tabulation from the NJDOT website for this project.  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabs12123.pdf  Take a look at page 9, which appears to refer to the various traffic control devices used for this project.  It's one of the line items with multiple quantities, as these boxes are located at every controlled intersection within the project limits.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 10, 2013, 08:05:03 PM
A few pics...

Just installed signage in the median on 295 South.  The 2 signs in the median are separate, with the 295/42 sign slightly behind the other angled towards the right lanes. Note this is one of NJ's first (if not the first) use of the Yellow "Left" plate along with the Exit # on the exit tab.  The older signage on the Bell Rd. overpass will be removed as the overpass will be demolished and replaced shortly.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295423s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295423s.jpg.html)

The Aljo Curve, with traffic utilizing the right lane/right shoulder.  The 42 South 1/2 Mile ahead sign is in the distance.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295422s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295422s.jpg.html)

This lane shift occurred this week, pushing the 295 South lanes over to the left (the former alignment is seen to the right).  The current right lane is about where the jersey barrier was located separating 42 South from 295 South (under the skip line was the solid white line for 42 South, which you can see has been sandblasted away).  The signs above are now greatly mis-aligned compared to the roadway below.  The right lane is still for 295 South only; the left lane still splits for 42 South & 295 South.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295421s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295421s.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on July 10, 2013, 11:25:15 PM
Rounded BGS corners in NJ, what a concept. I was through here last weekend, but heading north. Not much to see in that direction aside from tree removal.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 12, 2013, 09:04:38 AM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2013/071113dc.shtm

I-76 East (aka Route 42 South) Exit 1A to be closed this weekend.

This is the Left Lane Exit Ramp coming from the Philly bridges via I-76 East to I-295 South.  The problem will be the detour possibilities are all traditional right-side exits, which will mean a lot of people needing to cross 4 - 5 lanes of traffic to utilize the detour.  The 2 posted detours will both involve making your way to I-295 North, then use Exit 28 (NJ 168) to make a u-turn to access I-295 South. 

Other than the first lane shift in the Aljo curve and this ramp closure, NJDOT has been quiet when it comes to advanced notice of lane shifts - no advanced media notice, and not even any advanced sign notice!  Generally, motorists just come upon them as they travel thru the area.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: seicer on July 12, 2013, 09:33:33 AM
Those white boxes are traffic signal preemption devices.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 20, 2013, 02:19:30 PM
A few more pics...

I-295 North approaching I-76 West.  The lane shift was done Friday Night, July 19th.  The painted interstate sign and writing on the pavement is typical in a construction zone for NJ.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/s295at76Express.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/s295at76Express.jpg.html)

I-295 South, opposite of the picture above.  Lane shift undertaken this weekend as well.  The median will be paved over in some areas to accommodate an overpass reconstruction of an overpass over Essex Ave in Bellmawr.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/sI295Southafter76.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/sI295Southafter76.jpg.html)

One of the newer ultra-tall expanded milepost signs, next to a smaller MP sign.  And the MP is on both sides as well, so if you are broken down on the side of the road, you should have no problem looking in front of you or behind you and finding one of these signs to pinpoint your location.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/sI295SouthMP.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/sI295SouthMP.jpg.html)

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 20, 2013, 02:37:45 PM
And a few more pics...  (Note: All lane closures are only on the weekends or overnight.  During the weekdays, all lanes and ramps are open)

Standing on Browning Road, where I-76 East becomes Rt. 42 South.  This pic overlooks Rt. 42 South (left) and I-295 South (right).

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/sI76East2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/sI76East2.jpg.html)

Again standing on Browning Road, looking at I-76 West Express Lanes (left), I-76 West Local Lanes (center) and I-295 North (right).  Notice the low-concrete barrier between the express & local lanes has been removed and replaced with orange pylons.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/sI76EastatNorth295.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/sI76EastatNorth295.jpg.html)

On I-295 North at I-76 North. 

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/s295Nat42N.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/s295Nat42N.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: vdeane on July 20, 2013, 07:26:13 PM
One of the newer ultra-tall expanded milepost signs, next to a smaller MP sign.  And the MP is on both sides as well, so if you are broken down on the side of the road, you should have no problem looking in front of you or behind you and finding one of these signs to pinpoint your location.
That's a regulation MUTCD milepost.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: 1995hoo on July 21, 2013, 07:48:29 AM
....

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/sI76East2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/sI76East2.jpg.html)

....

Something tells me the guy driving the Lincoln in the left lane was blindly relying on a sat-nav and was shocked to find he couldn't exit to the left.  :-D
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 21, 2013, 12:14:22 PM
One of the newer ultra-tall expanded milepost signs, next to a smaller MP sign.  And the MP is on both sides as well, so if you are broken down on the side of the road, you should have no problem looking in front of you or behind you and finding one of these signs to pinpoint your location.
That's a regulation MUTCD milepost.
Regulation, yes.  But size wise, the MP is about 6' tall!  I think standard MPs are about 3' tall or less.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on July 22, 2013, 04:10:44 AM
One of the newer ultra-tall expanded milepost signs, next to a smaller MP sign.  And the MP is on both sides as well, so if you are broken down on the side of the road, you should have no problem looking in front of you or behind you and finding one of these signs to pinpoint your location.
That's a regulation MUTCD milepost.
Regulation, yes.  But size wise, the MP is about 6' tall!  I think standard MPs are about 3' tall or less.
Regulation = standard
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: njunderground on August 05, 2013, 01:46:18 AM
I live only 14 miles from this project and travel it all the time, going to work, NYC, Philly, or to visit my girlfriend in North Jersey. I am kind of a "sign buff" and I was wondering if anyone had seen any renderings or drawings of what the new signage will be?
Mike, NJ
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 05, 2013, 06:24:19 AM
On the southbound side, they just put in some 'temporary' signage, which actually looks better in some cases and is using the current standards (other than being mounted close to the ground and behind construction equipment).  The final designs for signage probably won't be revealed until those contracts go out to bid.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 19, 2013, 10:18:57 AM
Over the past 50 days or so…
Construction tends to occur 24 hours a day during weekdays.  Daytime –where crews can work without lane closures.  Work done at night occurs where lanes need to be closed. Some work not requiring lane closures occur on Saturdays.
I-295:  South of the interchange, traffic has been shifted to the right, utilizing the middle lane, right lane & right shoulder.  The left lane has been milled several inches.  This traffic shift also will allow the overpass over Essex Ave to be dismantled and reconstructed in the median.  The ramp from 76 East to 295 South has been shifted onto new pavement to the right of the existing ramp.
North of the interchange, the NB lane of Bell Rd over 295 has been removed in full, including all bridge decking and pier structures in the median (essentially cutting them in half, as they still support the SB lane.  All traffic on Bell Rd now utilizes the SB lane, controlled by traffic lights on either end.  On 295 South itself, Steel sheeting and “I” beams (maybe they’re called “H” beams) have been inserted into the ground, in many cases located in the former right lane of I-295 South.  New BGSs have been installed for the Exit 26, 76/295 split, which other than being close to the ground are actually better than the ones they replaced (I’ll post pictures eventually).
76 East to 42 South: Land clearing has been taking place on the SB right shoulder between I-295 and Creek Rd., which often necessitates a ramp closure from 295 South to 42 South many weeknights. 
42 North to 76 West: Work continues on the temporary ramp from 42 North to 295 North, which will wrap around the 295 to 76 Local ramp.  “I” beams have been installed to hold the old sound barrier panels, providing some noise relief to the nearby residents.
About a ½ mile of the low curbing between the 76 Express/Local lanes has been removed. Roadway was repaved in the area and construction-type concrete barrier was installed. Most likely, this will be used to separate 76 from 295 when the 42 to 295 North ramp is complete. In this area, 76 will be 3 or 4 continuous lanes wide.  The Express/Local lane divider will remain in place further north (west) for a while, but will eventually be removed as well.
Conditions have been challenging during this summer, as the area has received several rainfalls of 4” or more in a short time period, amounting to what would be a month’s worth of rain in a few hours.  The area has had more rain this summer than ever before…and that was just looking at the period from June thru the first week of August.  Thus, a lot of minor mud slides across the roadway and in areas that were just dug out. Flooding across 76 and 42 – in many cases not even in the construction zone – has resulted in gridlocked conditions where traffic can do nothing but only wait it out until the water has subsided.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: _Simon on August 19, 2013, 08:57:18 PM
If those aren't for transmitting coordination between signals, I'll eat Thomas Jefferson.

When I lived in Pennsylvania, we had similar devices which were sensors for emergency vehicle pre-emption.  They used to light up with a white light when active,  had an EMT show me once.  Not sure if it's the same thing, but it looked very similar.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on August 27, 2013, 10:34:20 PM
I am currently working on the first contract of the Direct Connect project. If anyone has any questions that I am able to answer I'll do my best to answer them.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 28, 2013, 08:49:49 AM
I am currently working on the first contract of the Direct Connect project. If anyone has any questions that I am able to answer I'll do my best to answer them.
Awesome, and welcome aboard here!  Are you doing the physical labor or one of the planners/supervisors?

So far, it appears a fair amount of work has been done.  I'm using the online documents/designs/images/descriptions NJDOT has available online and comparing that to the work that's been going on, so I can figure out most of what is happening with the construction.  The only question I have, which I haven't figured out: A guy in my carpool noticed they are putting what appears to be concrete boxes into the trench that was dug along 295 South just south of Bell Rd (the first area where 295 South shifts to the left).  Any idea what that is?

Oh...and fix the cameras so they are viewable online! :-)  (Actually, that appears to be a statewide issue where a LOT of the online cameras aren't working!)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on August 28, 2013, 03:39:34 PM
The boxes in the median between NB and SB? If so they are a temporary storm run that collects water and diverts it across 295 SB. We are starting a wall along Al-Jo's curve that will block the existing drainage system while it is built. Most of the work that has been done to date has been for traffic pattern switches. Within the next couple of weeks there should be a lot more building of things that will be part of the final plan. I am doing the layout work for one of the contractors on site. We're usually there twice a week and sometimes at night.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 10, 2013, 11:23:42 AM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/DP_13148f.pdf

Contract #2 of 4 for this project is now advertised, with bids due in Dec. 5 (subject to change).  The link above contains the general items of what is contained within the bid packet.  Contract 1 & 2 will overlap for about 1 1/2 years (early 2014 - mid 2015).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 16, 2013, 10:29:01 PM
Replacing the overhead signs at the top of Page 5 here is new signage on the sides of the roadway (which will be occasionally moved as the roadway is shifted around due to a bridge reconstruction).  Interesting to note, if you look carefully (and thru the light pole in the way) that the shields on the right sign are larger than the shields on the left sign. The signs were installed at the same time.  The font used on the left sign in the yellow is a bit larger than what was used on the other temporary signage in the area as well.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295-76sign.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295-76sign.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 26, 2013, 04:45:46 PM
A NJ Construction Zone rarity...Big Orange Signs.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BOA1a.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BOA1a.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BOA1b.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BOA1b.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BOS3a.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BOS3a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 08, 2013, 10:57:43 AM
Over the past 80 days or so…

Outside the interchange:
Shoulders and/or lane shifts are in place where it appears new overhead signage spans will be installed.  The new spans appear to start about 2 miles out on both 42 North & 295 North approaching the interchange.  I want to believe these structures will be built in a manner that signage for the 42/295 missing move ramps can be used on these overhead spans as well.

295, south of 42/76:
Both NB & SB lanes have been narrowed and shifted to the Center Lane, Right Lane and Right shoulder.  Workers have been taking apart the inner portions of the overpass over Essex Ave, much of which is open.  A new overpass will be constructed in its place.  On Essex Ave itself, lanes have been narrowed, and a separate pedestrian pathway was created using jersey barriers and fencing.

295 North on the ramp towards 42 has been shifted to the left, partially on new pavement, for workers to work on the former right lane/right shoulder area of 295, along with room for the new ramp from 42 North to 295 North.

295 South alongside Rt. 42 is shifted to the right for pipe installations beneath the roadway.

295, north of 42/76:
The embankment was rebuilt along with a wider left lane/shoulder on the curve from Rt. 42, to accommodate a future temporary 3rd lane thru this stretch.  The end and center piers for Bell Rd’s NB (WB) lane have been constructed. The new overpass will be approximately 5 feet taller than the current overpass, providing nearly 20’ of clearance over the current 295.  I imagine 295 must be getting raised in this area; otherwise there’d be no reason for the additional clearance.  Typical new overpass clearances in NJ are 15’ – 16’ high.

295 South continues to be shifted to the left as what appears to be a lower road profile (future ramps to 42/76) is getting constructed to the right.  This construction area suffered some flooding issues when a heavy rain caused the swamp’s high water level to wash over the protected steel wall that was constructed just a month or so prior.  Construction equipment was still in the zone when the flooding started to occur, and pumps were needed to clear the area of water.

Rt. 42:
Construction continues on Rt. 42 North in the area of Creek Rd to 295, including the construction of the temporary ramp from 42 North to 295 North.  On Rt. 42 South, construction continues along the right shoulder to widen the roadway slightly, probably for future lane shifts.

I-76 West:
The rest of the curbing that divided the express/local lanes has been removed from 295 to US 130, and pylons are installed in its place.  Lanes are shifted out from this divider to work on an overpass, probably concrete work for crowning the roadway differently.  The original plans called for tri-cattle shuts in this area…2 lanes to the far right, 1 lane in the Express Left lane, then 2 contra-flow lanes on I-76 East.  I’m wondering if they redesigned the construction zone to eliminate that whole plan…if so, that will be a decent money saver for this portion of the project.  Soon, the express/local lane division will be eliminated when the weave between 295 North & 76E/42N is eliminated.

I-76 East to 295 North:  Work appears to be nearly complete on a retaining wall in the swamp area between this ramp and the Aljo Curve.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on November 08, 2013, 04:16:55 PM
Thanks for the updates.  I only make a few trips to NJ per year.  And even then I don't see all that's going on. 

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Shoulders and/or lane shifts are in place where it appears new overhead signage spans will be installed.  The new spans appear to start about 2 miles out on both 42 North & 295 North approaching the interchange.  I want to believe these structures will be built in a manner that signage for the 42/295 missing move ramps can be used on these overhead spans as well.
That makes sense.  The missing moves ramps are a separate project but it does look like they will be constructed.

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The new overpass will be approximately 5 feet taller than the current overpass, providing nearly 20’ of clearance over the current 295.  I imagine 295 must be getting raised in this area;
Yeah I guess they don't want a dip in the road since I-295 will be at a high level crossing over both I-76 and Browning Rd at the same time.  Plus there's the added bonus of avoiding possible flooding like the flooding you mentioned there.

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295 South continues to be shifted to the left as what appears to be a lower road profile (future ramps to 42/76) is getting constructed to the right. 
Lower since the ramp to I-76 east goes under I-76.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2013/110813.shtm
Bell Road Bridge over Interstate 295 to be closed overnight
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 09, 2013, 06:44:14 PM

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295 South continues to be shifted to the left as what appears to be a lower road profile (future ramps to 42/76) is getting constructed to the right. 
Lower since the ramp to I-76 east goes under I-76.

Technically it'll be going to Rt. 42 South as the 42/76 split occurs midway thru the interchange.

And because of that ramp, this interchange will actually be an unconventional 4 level interchange, although it's never been promoted as that.  The ramp will be considered a tunnel by NJDOT, and will use features specific to tunnel construction in NJ, including traffic lights to show the lanes which are open and closed (although the traffic lights for the tunnel in Trenton, NJ has never shown anything other than green, even when lanes are closed).

Regarding that 4 level stack: It doesn't appear all 4 levels will be directly on top of each other - the 295 South to 42 South ramp will be about 300' away from the rest of the stack.  But for those counting...From bottom to top: 
   Ramp from 295 South to 42 South
   Rt. 42/I-76 mainline
   Browning Road
   I-295 mainline, plus I believe the ramp from 42 North

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http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2013/110813.shtm
Bell Road Bridge over Interstate 295 to be closed overnight

Thanks for the Update.  The former bridge had two center piers.  The new overpass only has one, and the end piers are much further back than previous.  (And take note Delaware...you don't need to close the entire highway all night long to do the work!!!)  The detour itself is only about a mile out of way for traffic at most, and Bell Rd is lightly used, especially at night.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on November 09, 2013, 07:57:42 PM
Unless it has changed, NJ-42 and I-76 never touched each other, at least according to the SLDs. Heading north, when I-295 merges into the interchange, NJ-42 ends. I-76's mile 0 marker used to be in front of the Exit 1B gore sign where I-295 north left the roadway (photo used to be on aaroads, but seems to have been removed). The enlarged view also confirms this.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/enlarged_view_27.pdf
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 10, 2013, 12:49:52 AM
I don't think the SLD is entirely accurate.  It don't appear to allow for overlaps, and the route designation for a stretch of road where two route numbers applies defaults to the higher class road (in this case, I-295 is over NJ 42).

Additionally, take a look at the 295 SLD.  In the stretch of highway where it meets Rt. 42 North, it still shows the road as 2 lanes, whereas if it controlled jurisdiction of the entire roadway, it would be 7 lanes wide (2 lanes for 295, 2 lanes for 42/76 Local, 3 Lanes for 42/76 Express within the interchange)

On the SB side, due to the jersey barrier, 295 and 42 remain on their separate carriageways.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NE2 on November 10, 2013, 01:35:00 AM
I don't think the SLD is entirely accurate.  It don't appear to allow for overlaps,
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/00000295__-.pdf
See that vertical line at mile 0.73? That's the end of the US 40 overlap. Farther along, the US 130 overlap is shown similarly.

It's worth pointing out, however, that precise ends are not always logical ends. I can't find any egregious examples in New Jersey, but often a 3DI will end in the middle of the bridge over the parent when it logically ends at the exit ramp. And there's this in Ohio:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3f/76-80.svg/579px-76-80.svg.png)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 11, 2013, 07:42:07 AM
For anyone who is interested in this project I have started a blog with regular photo updates on the construction:

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/ (http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/)

I'll try to get some pictures of the Bell Road steel going in over the next few days.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 11, 2013, 09:24:56 AM
Nice - I should send you some of the pics I've taken while driving thru the area as well!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 12, 2013, 04:47:29 PM
Everything in place to start installing the steel on the Bell Road bridge tonight:

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/-17ETHD9Q5Bk/UoKhmLCOoEI/AAAAAAAACho/wWakBmtj6c0/IMG_4303_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800)

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2013/11/bell-road-progress.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 14, 2013, 07:34:24 AM
I noticed this morning that the asphalt went down on the new interim ramp from 42 North to get to 295 North, this is coming along quicker then I expected. This alone will be a welcome change as it will alleviate a lot of the weaving that happens now with traffic coming up from the southern portion of 295.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on November 16, 2013, 10:02:10 PM
I noticed this morning that the asphalt went down on the new interim ramp from 42 North to get to 295 North, this is coming along quicker then I expected. This alone will be a welcome change as it will alleviate a lot of the weaving that happens now with traffic coming up from the southern portion of 295.
That ramp has to be opened by either the 4th or 15th depending on who you talk to.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on November 18, 2013, 08:38:38 PM
Will  there be a ramp built from I-295 northbound to Route 42 southbound?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 18, 2013, 10:18:23 PM
Someday.  It's a separate project and won't be done as part of the main interchange reconstruction project. Currently they are looking at a construction period of 2016-18.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 19, 2013, 05:03:36 PM
I noticed three of these along the side of the Al-Jo curve the other day, anyone know what these are?

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-9TEYHEmK6uA/Uovfgq2jQEI/AAAAAAAACi0/Nr2J5eTiSe8/s912/IMG_4322.JPG)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: DeaconG on November 19, 2013, 07:37:18 PM
I noticed three of these along the side of the Al-Jo curve the other day, anyone know what these are?

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-9TEYHEmK6uA/Uovfgq2jQEI/AAAAAAAACi0/Nr2J5eTiSe8/s912/IMG_4322.JPG)

Noise barriers?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 19, 2013, 08:43:23 PM


Noise barriers?

Don't think so, they appear to be large boxes of some sort.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: hbelkins on November 20, 2013, 01:30:40 PM
Pre-formed culverts or drainage structures, then.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 20, 2013, 06:54:15 PM
I didn't pass by that trailer, but it kinda looks like a prefabbed jersey barrier that one would place on top of a vertical retaining wall. In fact, it may have been installed on 295 South just north of Exit 26 (I-76). But then again, it was fairly dark at that time so I didn't get the greatest of views.

Nevermind...drove by it today again, and it definitely wasn't that.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on November 22, 2013, 06:58:38 AM
I didn't pass by that trailer, but it kinda looks like a prefabbed jersey barrier that one would place on top of a vertical retaining wall. In fact, it may have been installed on 295 South just north of Exit 26 (I-76). But then again, it was fairly dark at that time so I didn't get the greatest of views.

Nevermind...drove by it today again, and it definitely wasn't that.
They were box culvert
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 07, 2013, 02:34:53 PM
This weekend (well, Sat night and Mon night due to the expected snow/rain Sunday evening), they'll be restriping the interchange area where 295 North meets 42 North/76 West, preparing for the end of the dangerous weaving condition that has existed for decades merging between the 2 highways, along with the end of the 76 West Express/Local lane division.  The curve on 295 coming away from Rt. 42 has been widened...and it looks like they're preparing for some fast driving!  Instead of chevrons, they posted numerous overturning truck warnings.  This area will become 3 lanes shortly, which will be: Left lane: Exiting traffic from 295 North to 76 West, along with continuous traffic for 295 North (such as the current 295 South to 42 South setup is now). Middle Lane: The current right lane on 295 North.  Right Lane: The new acceleration lane from 42 North to 295 North.  This lane will end beyond the area shown in the 2nd picture below.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Curve1s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Curve1s.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Curve2s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Curve2s.jpg.html)

Interesting to note as well...nearly all the 35 mph speed limit signs are now missing on the northbound curves.  Out of 3 on 295 approaching the interchange, only 1 remains (and that's propped up against a tree).  In the area shown in the pics above, one 1 of the 2 signs remain.  A little unusual for them to not put up temp signs in the construction zones.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: hbelkins on December 07, 2013, 05:04:23 PM
Think there are enough "trucks may tip over" signs on that ramp?

Seems like overkill to me.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 07, 2013, 05:11:09 PM
Ironically, if history continues, it'll be the cars that'll skid and wipe out the signs.  The chevrons that formerly lined the curve had a tendency to not last all that long.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on December 07, 2013, 07:17:36 PM
Think there are enough "trucks may tip over" signs on that ramp?

Seems like overkill to me.

The beauty of the chevron is that it can be placed over and over again without looking gaudy. This? This looks straight ugly.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on December 08, 2013, 02:20:39 AM
It would have been cooler if the signs made an animation of the truck slowly tipping over. :P I wonder why after all these years, they didn't separate I-295 from the through lanes.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on December 08, 2013, 12:51:15 PM
Think there are enough "trucks may tip over" signs on that ramp?

Seems like overkill to me.

The beauty of the chevron is that it can be placed over and over again without looking gaudy. This? This looks straight ugly.
This looks amazing, to me. I love completely absurd signing situations.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 09, 2013, 09:00:08 PM
They opened the left lane on that ramp over the weekend and it was a mess this morning! It looks like the intended to have the old right lane closed, but a bunch of the construction barrels were knocked over and a couple of the bases where sitting in the middle of the lane. I was actually in the right lane when I noticed that it suddenly "ended", barrels were along the lane and it wasn't plowed.

This weekend (well, Sat night and Mon night due to the expected snow/rain Sunday evening), they'll be restriping the interchange area where 295 North meets 42 North/76 West, preparing for the end of the dangerous weaving condition that has existed for decades merging between the 2 highways, along with the end of the 76 West Express/Local lane division.  The curve on 295 coming away from Rt. 42 has been widened...and it looks like they're preparing for some fast driving!  Instead of chevrons, they posted numerous overturning truck warnings.  This area will become 3 lanes shortly, which will be: Left lane: Exiting traffic from 295 North to 76 West, along with continuous traffic for 295 North (such as the current 295 South to 42 South setup is now). Middle Lane: The current right lane on 295 North.  Right Lane: The new acceleration lane from 42 North to 295 North.  This lane will end beyond the area shown in the 2nd picture below.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Curve1s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Curve1s.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Curve2s.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Curve2s.jpg.html)

Interesting to note as well...nearly all the 35 mph speed limit signs are now missing on the northbound curves.  Out of 3 on 295 approaching the interchange, only 1 remains (and that's propped up against a tree).  In the area shown in the pics above, one 1 of the 2 signs remain.  A little unusual for them to not put up temp signs in the construction zones.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on December 11, 2013, 04:51:03 PM
Interim Ramp AA (Rt-42 to I-295 North) is scheduled to be opened sometime next week. It will be one lane, until the final second lane is constructed soon thereafter.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 11, 2013, 06:06:00 PM
Interim Ramp AA (Rt-42 to I-295 North) is scheduled to be opened sometime next week. It will be one lane, until the final second lane is constructed soon thereafter.

Isn't it supposed to be 1 lane until the permanent 2nd lane is built several years down the road?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 12, 2013, 07:38:55 AM
Interim Ramp AA (Rt-42 to I-295 North) is scheduled to be opened sometime next week. It will be one lane, until the final second lane is constructed soon thereafter.

Isn't it supposed to be 1 lane until the permanent 2nd lane is built several years down the road?

That ramp isn't part of the final design. Eventually there will be a ramp connecting 42 north directly to the new 295 main line. That's why they are calling this an "interim" ramp since it will be there through most of the construction phases but will be removed before the end of the project.

I am actually surprised to hear that this will be opening next week since they seem to still have a lot of work to do around the end of the ramp, although I do see the new, permanent retaining along 42 N is coming along quickly.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 12, 2013, 09:01:37 AM
Interim Ramp AA (Rt-42 to I-295 North) is scheduled to be opened sometime next week. It will be one lane, until the final second lane is constructed soon thereafter.

Isn't it supposed to be 1 lane until the permanent 2nd lane is built several years down the road?

That ramp isn't part of the final design. Eventually there will be a ramp connecting 42 north directly to the new 295 main line. That's why they are calling this an "interim" ramp since it will be there through most of the construction phases but will be removed before the end of the project.

I am actually surprised to hear that this will be opening next week since they seem to still have a lot of work to do around the end of the ramp, although I do see the new, permanent retaining along 42 N is coming along quickly.

Yeah, I kinda wrote my comment wrong...that final ramp is going to have a nice incline from 42 up to the 295 overpass!  That's what I thought too about all the work that appears to be necessary in that same area of the ramp.  These storms we have received...with another one coming Saturday, can't be good for keeping things on schedule either!

I did see that wall going up there the other day. I missed it this morning as I had to go another way to get gas.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 12, 2013, 02:53:13 PM

Yeah, I kinda wrote my comment wrong...that final ramp is going to have a nice incline from 42 up to the 295 overpass!  That's what I thought too about all the work that appears to be necessary in that same area of the ramp.  These storms we have received...with another one coming Saturday, can't be good for keeping things on schedule either!

I did see that wall going up there the other day. I missed it this morning as I had to go another way to get gas.

According to the plans it appears that the 42 N to 295 N ramp will go under the 295N to 42N ramp. I assume they are going to have to raise the 295N to 42N ramp to accommodate this.

I have some picture of the new retaining wall, will post them tonight.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 12, 2013, 09:37:27 PM
Here's a picture of the new retaining wall going up along 42N. Sorry for the poor quality.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TiNZl-3gYLc/Uqpx1oDAMGI/AAAAAAAACnw/emEPvC3C-LQ/w956-h717-no/IMG_4366.JPG)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 19, 2013, 02:36:14 PM
Bids for Contract #2 (of 4) for the 295/76/42 project were opened today. The lowest bid of $152.6 million is quite a bit under the estimate of $215 million. The 2nd lowest bid is about $15 million greater than the lowest bid.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on December 19, 2013, 05:32:08 PM
The deadline for Interim Ramp A is Monday morning. If you need to go from RT42 to I295 NB stay in the far right lane to access the ramp after the Creek Rd overpass. You will not be able to get on I295 after that point. The weave area will be blocked with barrier. In my opinion if they open it in time the Monday morning commute will require some patience as people are surprised with the new configuration.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 20, 2013, 07:24:45 AM
The deadline for Interim Ramp A is Monday morning. If you need to go from RT42 to I295 NB stay in the far right lane to access the ramp after the Creek Rd overpass. You will not be able to get on I295 after that point. The weave area will be blocked with barrier. In my opinion if they open it in time the Monday morning commute will require some patience as people are surprised with the new configuration.

Just passed by this morning and it doesn't appear they are anywhere near ready for this to open, they have a lot of work to do over the weekend. If they are blocking the weave, then I assume if you are coming north on 295 and DON'T want to continue on 295, they will be directing you to the I76 express lane exit? Monday's not the worst time to do the opening, being a holiday week traffic is likely to be lighter then normal in the morning.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 20, 2013, 08:09:29 AM
I took notice to that as well...for a ramp to be open Sunday night, it's interesting to see that there's no pavement whatsoever for a 500' stretch as of 7am Friday!  But yet, there has been a considerable amount of pavement put down over the past 24-36 hours, so they are progressing nicely.  Surveyor did originally say the ramp should have been opened on either Dec 4 or 15, but with the weather over the past several weeks it's probably been a bit trickey to do some of that work.  This weekend will be much warmer, although rain is in the forecast.

If they are blocking the weave, then I assume if you are coming north on 295 and DON'T want to continue on 295, they will be directing you to the I76 express lane exit?

What they are doing is similar to the SB side of 295.  The weave will be closed, but there will be an opening where the gore point is located now.  Traffic intending on getting to I-76 West Local from 295 North will shoot out on the left side into their own dedicated lane.  For the time being, both the I-76 West Express & Local ramps will be open for traffic to get to 76 West, although I believe the roadway will be restriped so there will be 4-5 continuous lanes.

The other issue is signage - as of this point, the signs aren't up and ready for the new traffic configuration. They've been working on the overhead signage along Rt. 42, but it's still far from ready at this point.  Electronic signs can be used in the meantime for the new traffic configuration if those overhead signs can't be in place by the ramp's opening, although I'm sure many people will fly right by that new ramp regardless of the signage for a day or two! 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 20, 2013, 01:04:35 PM
I took notice to that as well...for a ramp to be open Sunday night, it's interesting to see that there's no pavement whatsoever for a 500' stretch as of 7am Friday!  But yet, there has been a considerable amount of pavement put down over the past 24-36 hours, so they are progressing nicely.  Surveyor did originally say the ramp should have been opened on either Dec 4 or 15, but with the weather over the past several weeks it's probably been a bit trickey to do some of that work.  This weekend will be much warmer, although rain is in the forecast.

If they are blocking the weave, then I assume if you are coming north on 295 and DON'T want to continue on 295, they will be directing you to the I76 express lane exit?

What they are doing is similar to the SB side of 295.  The weave will be closed, but there will be an opening where the gore point is located now.  Traffic intending on getting to I-76 West Local from 295 North will shoot out on the left side into their own dedicated lane.  For the time being, both the I-76 West Express & Local ramps will be open for traffic to get to 76 West, although I believe the roadway will be restriped so there will be 4-5 continuous lanes.

The other issue is signage - as of this point, the signs aren't up and ready for the new traffic configuration. They've been working on the overhead signage along Rt. 42, but it's still far from ready at this point.  Electronic signs can be used in the meantime for the new traffic configuration if those overhead signs can't be in place by the ramp's opening, although I'm sure many people will fly right by that new ramp regardless of the signage for a day or two!

Ah, ok, good point about the weave, I didn't think of that.

For people coming north on 42, if they miss the new ramp it's going to be a pain to get back on track. There really isn't an easy place to get back on 76 south is there?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 20, 2013, 01:45:07 PM
The ol standby detour is I-76 West's Exit 1C for 130 South.  The sign even has TO 295/42 on it (probably because of the missing moves at the interchange). The biggest problem is the lane shifts due to the construction screws up the traffic patterns a bit.  And the ramp is only designed to hold maybe 10 cars at the most.  It's a ramp that's been used for detours in the past (such as when the Aljo curve is closed), although traffic volumes during rush hour on a Monday is a bit different than 11pm on a Saturday night!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 22, 2013, 08:47:03 AM
Drove through the area on Saturday afternoon and they had a lot more of the paving done and were starting to put up the sign structure just before the exit.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 22, 2013, 12:37:39 PM
Here's some picture updates taken Saturday as well (apologies for the clarity of some of the signage):

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/1221132.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/1221132.jpg.html)

New sign structure with temporary signage for the express/local lane split.  The next pic below will allow you to read the signage.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/1221136.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/1221136.jpg.html)

Closer view.  My guess is the overhead structure is permanent, and the eventual permanent sign will be a arrow-per-lanes sign (several years away).  Note the mini lane split signs to the left and right.  The sign structure on the ground just behind these temporary signs held the former BGS Y-split diagrammatic sign.  That entire structure will be completely removed.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/1221133.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/1221133.jpg.html)

Future temporary ramp from 42 North to 295 North.  Note the sound barrier.  That is simply newly set I beams with the old wall placed within them.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/1221135.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/1221135.jpg.html)

Where the 76 Express/Local Lanes combine, which is much earlier than previous.  At least for the weekend, until the temporarily reconfiguration is complete, the express/local lane split is barely 1/2 mile in length.  The traffic merging on the right is the 295 South to 76 West ramp.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/1221137.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/1221137.jpg.html)

On the Market Street overpass, looking down at 76 West at the 130 North Exit.  Previously the express/local split continued thru this area.  Now: 5 thru lanes, full left shoulder, no right shoulder. About a 1/4 mile beyond this point, the lanes shift to the left. 

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on December 22, 2013, 12:44:15 PM

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/1221136.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/1221136.jpg.html)

I wonder if those signs will ever be re-done to add in control cities? I also expect that something will be placed next to the I-76 shield on the left sign, since there's a lot of empty space there. Also, I love how the right sign has a full on panel for the 'RIGHT 2 LANES', but the 'LEFT 2 LANES' is just an over-sized banner. Oh well.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 22, 2013, 02:46:44 PM
That right BGS is about as temporary as a temporary BGS gets.  I wish I knew the exact date that sign was installed, but I imagine that sign will have a total lifespan of less than 2 weeks. 

I will guess that left BGS will remain.  That empty space looks just right for "TO I-676" to be added.  The 'Express' banner will be removed.  (It could be replaced with "West", although historically NJ has not used the cardinal direction on the I-76 signs in this area.  It's always been "Express/Local I-76" or "76 to 676".) And the "Left 2 Lanes" banner could become "Left 3 Lanes".

The traffic pattern thru this area will become:

Traffic on NJ 42 North:
The 3 left lanes will be for traffic continuing from NJ 42 North to I-76 West. 
The right lane will be an exit only lane for I-295 North. 
For less than 1/4 mile, there will be 3 thru lanes (which is similar on the I-76 East - NJ 42 South side of the roadway). 

Traffic proceeding North on 295:
The 295 North to 76 Express ramp on the left side of the highway will switch from being the left thru express lane to an left sided acceleration lane. 
The 295 North to 76 Local exit will be a thru lane, giving 76 West 4 lanes (And remember, there is no Express/Local divider anymore).

Traffic proceeding South on 295:
The 295 South to 76 West interchange pattern will not change - the left lane from that ramp becomes a thru lane on 76 West, creating 5 lanes.  Traffic will have immediate access to all 5 lanes.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 23, 2013, 02:13:48 PM
The new ramp did not open this morning, but it looks like they are making good progress on it. Could open any day now.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on December 23, 2013, 04:39:24 PM
It's really going to take until 2020 to complete?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 23, 2013, 06:53:49 PM
It's really going to take until 2020 to complete?

It's currently scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2021. The southbound portion of the new 295 overpass is scheduled to open earlier, sometime during 2019.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 09, 2014, 09:30:23 AM
Finally...the temporary ramp (well, temporary for the next 5 years) from 42 North to 295 North will be opening this weekend (weather permitting, of course - We are supposed to get upwards of an inch of rain over the weekend).

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2014/010814.shtm

In other observations...the interchange also gained a new Exit number!  Exit 27 will be the previously unnumbered exit for traffic exiting from 295 North to I-76 West. (295 North to I-76 West/Express was Exit 26, I-295 North to I-76 West/Local was unnumbered).  Personally, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense, as the express ramp will remain open and continued to be Exit 26.  But at the same time, the express/local lane divider will be removed, so there won't be any express/local lanes, but rather a ramp that meets I-76 West on the left, and a ramp that meets I-76 West on the right.  I guess the only sense would be to easily clarify if an exit is to be closed for some reason - they can easily say "Exit 26 closed, use Exit 27" or vice versa, as both will get motorists to the same point.

A new overhead sign has been installed at the split for Exit 27.  While not on display yet, this should be the first APL sign for the interchange (and it's only a temporary sign at that).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 09, 2014, 11:10:42 AM
Finally...the temporary ramp (well, temporary for the next 5 years) from 42 North to 295 North will be opening this weekend (weather permitting, of course - We are supposed to get upwards of an inch of rain over the weekend).

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2014/010814.shtm

In other observations...the interchange also gained a new Exit number!  Exit 27 will be the previously unnumbered exit for traffic exiting from 295 North to I-76 West. (295 North to I-76 West/Express was Exit 26, I-295 North to I-76 West/Local was unnumbered).  Personally, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense, as the express ramp will remain open and continued to be Exit 26.  But at the same time, the express/local lane divider will be removed, so there won't be any express/local lanes, but rather a ramp that meets I-76 West on the left, and a ramp that meets I-76 West on the right.  I guess the only sense would be to easily clarify if an exit is to be closed for some reason - they can easily say "Exit 26 closed, use Exit 27" or vice versa, as both will get motorists to the same point.

A new overhead sign has been installed at the split for Exit 27.  While not on display yet, this should be the first APL sign for the interchange (and it's only a temporary sign at that).

It will be good to see this ramp finally open. I noticed something was different with that sign when I drove by this morning but I could quite place what it was. I think the new exit number was still covered up.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 09, 2014, 11:48:58 AM
I believe part of the overhead sign where the ramp for 76 & 295 will split was covered, and the actual arrows were missing (it appeared they took apart the old sign and substituted those arrows for now).  There was another sign on the left shoulder that was fully viewable which had 'Exit 27' shown as a left tab.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on January 09, 2014, 12:38:19 PM
Why is the left exit from 295 South to 42 South unnumbered?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 09, 2014, 03:26:14 PM
Prior to about 15 years ago, the South/East 295/76/42 area was a weave between the two highways, much like what the North/West 295/76/42 side is today.  When a barrier was placed between the 295 & 42/76 lanes, they never numbered the exit.  No clue why.

NJDOT will refer to the entire area as Exit 26, even if they are talking about the Rt. 42 Exit.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 13, 2014, 09:13:02 AM
I guess the weather delayed this, the ramp did not open this morning.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 15, 2014, 09:46:01 AM
I guess the weather delayed this, the ramp did not open this morning.

If NJ had a 6 month long drought, a sure-fire way to end it would be for NJDOT to want to do some major traffic change.  I wished I had that luck playing the lottery.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 17, 2014, 06:13:01 PM
Does anyone know what these concrete pillars are going to be for? There are three of them along 42 North between the 295 ramps. Each one also has two corrugated steel pipes next to it which I assume are going to be used as concrete forms.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Tf0qFlIvwhc/Utm4N3DnZbI/AAAAAAAACoc/lnwTMYTPYF0/w885-h804-no/Pillar.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on January 17, 2014, 07:00:35 PM
Does anyone know what these concrete pillars are going to be for? There are three of them along 42 North between the 295 ramps. Each one also has two corrugated steel pipes next to it which I assume are going to be used as concrete forms.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Tf0qFlIvwhc/Utm4N3DnZbI/AAAAAAAACoc/lnwTMYTPYF0/w885-h804-no/Pillar.jpg)
It's hard to tell from that angle, but most likely it's supporting I-295 flying high over the entire interchange in the future.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 17, 2014, 08:32:44 PM

It's hard to tell from that angle, but most likely it's supporting I-295 flying high over the entire interchange in the future.

Here is a closer picture. Since this was taken they have added one more section you can see on the ground next to it in this picture, and have build a little scaffolding platform around the top of it.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uGC0J_vwa04/UtnZK3r8jTI/AAAAAAAACow/q2lIibV_gIw/w494-h804-no/Pillar2.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 18, 2014, 03:59:43 AM
They also look to be in the position to support the future 42 North to 295 North ramp.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 18, 2014, 10:30:05 AM
Interim, temporary signage.  The covered left exit tab will say LEFT Exit 27.  The bottom of both BGSs have a temporary exit marking for 295, because that's how this interchange has always been signed (295 North exits from 76 West, even though those on 295 already don't exit anywhere).  When the reconfigured traffic pattern is completed, the bottom of the signs will utilize APLs.

Notice the usage of what we would probably know as California Exit tabs, within the main part of the BGS.  That's part of the very temporary sign marking.

Note as well, I-76 is never shown as I-76 West.  It never has.  But yet, there is a small sign on the shoulder just beyond the split that actually states "To West I-76" (which is pointless now, until the lane reconfig is complete).

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/temp29576sign2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/temp29576sign2.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/temp29576sign.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/temp29576sign.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on January 18, 2014, 10:46:40 PM
I'm not going to remark on anything since those signs are temporary - but boy those California internal exit tabs don't look too bad on New Jersey signs.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 19, 2014, 12:43:26 AM
I'm not going to remark on anything since those signs are temporary - but boy those California internal exit tabs don't look too bad on New Jersey signs.

Must be because the content of the sign is below the exit tab and not squeezed together in a tiny panel. Most CalTrans signs look like the left side of that sign since they seem to restrict the height of their BGSes no matter the content type.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on January 19, 2014, 12:33:08 PM
Must be because the content of the sign is below the exit tab and not squeezed together in a tiny panel. Most CalTrans signs look like the left side of that sign since they seem to restrict the height of their BGSes no matter the content type.

Which I think is a damn shame, since internal exit tabs can look very nice when the sign content itself isn't jam packed into a tight space. Here's what I think could work for that in a more permanent signing solution:

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/Signs/NJ_InternalTabEx_zpsd21e3d45.png)

However, there is a problem of extra space on many parts of the sign in my example, and I imagine that there would be on many signs if NJDOT adopted this practice (which again, is highly unlikely).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on January 19, 2014, 01:02:29 PM
Must be because the content of the sign is below the exit tab and not squeezed together in a tiny panel. Most CalTrans signs look like the left side of that sign since they seem to restrict the height of their BGSes no matter the content type.

Which I think is a damn shame, since internal exit tabs can look very nice when the sign content itself isn't jam packed into a tight space. Here's what I think could work for that in a more permanent signing solution:

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/Signs/NJ_InternalTabEx_zpsd21e3d45.png)

However, there is a problem of extra space on many parts of the sign in my example, and I imagine that there would be on many signs if NJDOT adopted this practice (which again, is highly unlikely).
It's a step away from full-width exit tabs like IL and GA. As long as it's treated as such, the only "problem" becomes the wasted sign space and material. Also, in my view, the exit tab within the sign is not nearly as noticeable to an approaching driver - it can get lost in the "noise" of the rest of the sign - compared to having it separately above the sign.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: njunderground on January 20, 2014, 01:16:37 AM
FYI, (sorry, no pic, it was late at night), there is now an overhead cantilever-style exit sign for "I-295 North, Trenton, 1 Mile", just north of the Deptford exit/Big Timber Bridge on 42 North. I used to be thru there everyday, but I now live in North Jersey and only go back to South Jersey on the weekends, so I only saw it tonight (could have been there a few days...?). Looked kind of strange seeing that there! Also, the new ramp to NB I-295 looks ready to open (as others have pointed out, featuring construction-style "truck rollover" graphic signs.)

Mike McGuire
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on January 20, 2014, 01:36:04 PM
Also, in my view, the exit tab within the sign is not nearly as noticeable to an approaching driver - it can get lost in the "noise" of the rest of the sign - compared to having it separately above the sign.

Very true - I haven't actually had to experience looking at internal exit tabs while driving since I have never been to California. The separate tab probably is much more noticeable then an internal one.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 20, 2014, 09:06:04 PM
FYI, (sorry, no pic, it was late at night), there is now an overhead cantilever-style exit sign for "I-295 North, Trenton, 1 Mile", just north of the Deptford exit/Big Timber Bridge on 42 North.

I drove this area today to see the sign and get that pic for you...and then I completely forgot to take the picture!  Oh well...  Anyway, the sign is on Rt. 42 at about MP 13.0.  The new exit will be about MP 14.0, and will be using I-76's exit number system, so it'll remain Exit 1B.  For now it's the only sign on the full width overhead structure.  The structure appears to be in place to hold additional signage, especially for the It'll-Happen-Someday missing moves ramps between 295 & 42.  It appears there will be an overhead sign at about the 1/2 mile & 1/4 mile points as well, but they aren't fully installed as of yet (but they were working on them Monday when I drove by).

It's nice that there's even an advanced sign for 295 North, which never existed before.  Previously, there were advanced signs for the I-76 Express/Local lane split, but that simply said I-295/US 130/I-676, Right 2 Lanes.  It would catch some drivers by surprise when, just after that split, the exit for 295 North was right there, and they'd have to cut over from the left local lane to the I-295 North lanes.

...The separate tab probably is much more noticeable then an internal one.

IMO, it definitely is.  The current temp tab blends in.  I guess it was easier to rivet in the Exit number within the BGS for the short time needed to note it as an exit.

I am happy that, overall, the project is using nicely sized BGSs (the slightly squeezed 76 to 130/676 Camden Phila notwithstanding).  NJ had been going the route of replacing BGSs with smaller signs, but same size lettering and shields.  Makes the sign awfully crowded. (Quick example: New BGSs on 295 North at Rt. 541: http://goo.gl/maps/iMeiz , compared with older GBSs on 295 South at Rt. 541: http://goo.gl/maps/E8miZ
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on January 20, 2014, 09:43:09 PM
Does anyone know what these concrete pillars are going to be for? There are three of them along 42 North between the 295 ramps. Each one also has two corrugated steel pipes next to it which I assume are going to be used as concrete forms.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Tf0qFlIvwhc/Utm4N3DnZbI/AAAAAAAACoc/lnwTMYTPYF0/w885-h804-no/Pillar.jpg)
It's hard to tell from that angle, but most likely it's supporting I-295 flying high over the entire interchange in the future.

The columns are sign support structures and the corrugated metal is a form for the new supports that hold up the new sound wall. The new ramp opening was delayed by NJDOT due to the forecast over the weekend. I haven't heard of a new date yet.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 21, 2014, 08:55:02 PM

The columns are sign support structures and the corrugated metal is a form for the new supports that hold up the new sound wall. The new ramp opening was delayed by NJDOT due to the forecast over the weekend. I haven't heard of a new date yet.

I thought they were going to be bridge supports since the plans refer to them as bridge piers....

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OaXMtSKEQ2k/Ut8kSLYyh3I/AAAAAAAACqo/ELTs7PbM_c0/w466-h267-no/piers.JPG)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 24, 2014, 08:58:30 AM
Sounds like the new ramp isn't going to open for a few weeks.

For the time being, the black plastic wrap has blow off the next LEFT Exit 27 exit tab on both signs. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on January 24, 2014, 03:17:43 PM

The columns are sign support structures and the corrugated metal is a form for the new supports that hold up the new sound wall. The new ramp opening was delayed by NJDOT due to the forecast over the weekend. I haven't heard of a new date yet.

I thought they were going to be bridge supports since the plans refer to them as bridge piers....

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OaXMtSKEQ2k/Ut8kSLYyh3I/AAAAAAAACqo/ELTs7PbM_c0/w466-h267-no/piers.JPG)

I believe you are correct. We were told that they were sign support structures, after I saw this plan I went to the wall shop drawings for wall #17 and they are called out as pier 2, 4, and 5 columns.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 27, 2014, 09:34:54 PM
Sounds like the new ramp isn't going to open for a few weeks.

For the time being, the black plastic wrap has blow off the next LEFT Exit 27 exit tab on both signs. 

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/633F5E57-CE1B-47E5-98E8-195A4B70F7C6.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/633F5E57-CE1B-47E5-98E8-195A4B70F7C6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: mrsman on January 29, 2014, 09:09:49 PM
Is this the sign you see on I-295 approaching I-76, or is this the sign you see on the short combined section?

It is a little confusing when both I-295 and I-76 are considered exits.

On I-295 north, you should see I-76 EXPRESS exiting from the left, but I-295 should have no exit number.

On I-76 west, you should see I-295 as an exit, but I-76 should not be an exit, even on the combined portion.  If it is the combined portion, and you have multiple lanes going to I-76, you should have a wider BGS for I-76. The above sign seems to indicate a single lane exit ramp to the left for I-76.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 30, 2014, 06:25:43 AM
Is this the sign you see on I-295 approaching I-76, or is this the sign you see on the short combined section?

It is a little confusing when both I-295 and I-76 are considered exits.

On I-295 north, you should see I-76 EXPRESS exiting from the left, but I-295 should have no exit number.

On I-76 west, you should see I-295 as an exit, but I-76 should not be an exit, even on the combined portion.  If it is the combined portion, and you have multiple lanes going to I-76, you should have a wider BGS for I-76. The above sign seems to indicate a single lane exit ramp to the left for I-76.

The black tarp covering up Left Exit 27 was blown off during last week's heavy winds.  When the interchange goes into it's temporary configuration, I-76 West will be a one lane exit from I-295 North.  The Express/Local configuration will be history.  Current exit 26 to I-76 Express will remain as well.  The end result: 2 exits onto the same direction road, on opposite sides of the highway, with different exit numbers.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: motorway on January 30, 2014, 04:23:16 PM
Apropos of nothing else here, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my home state for erecting all new signs (at least so far as I've seen) in "Highway Gothic" and not that horrendous Clearview. There seem to be some astute aesthetes making decisions at NJDOT...
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on January 30, 2014, 06:48:45 PM
Apropos of nothing else here, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my home state for erecting all new signs (at least so far as I've seen) in "Highway Gothic" and not that horrendous Clearview. There seem to be some astute aesthetes making decisions at NJDOT...
They just decided they don't want Clearview. It's really not that hard a decision. More agencies should do it.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on January 30, 2014, 06:52:58 PM
Apropos of nothing else here, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my home state for erecting all new signs (at least so far as I've seen) in "Highway Gothic" and not that horrendous Clearview. There seem to be some astute aesthetes making decisions at NJDOT...
They just decided they don't want Clearview. It's really not that hard a decision. More agencies should do it.

I've seen Clearview BGS on I-676. Then my county decides to erect Clearview street signs. Luckily, the shields are entirely still Highway Gothic like they should be.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: motorway on January 30, 2014, 10:35:38 PM
Apropos of nothing else here, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my home state for erecting all new signs (at least so far as I've seen) in "Highway Gothic" and not that horrendous Clearview. There seem to be some astute aesthetes making decisions at NJDOT...
They just decided they don't want Clearview. It's really not that hard a decision. More agencies should do it.

Now it's not merely a coincidence that my three favorite road states are NJ, MA, and CA...making the brave decision not to board the Clearview bandwagon.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 31, 2014, 12:27:29 AM
I've seen Clearview BGS on I-676. Then my county decides to erect Clearview street signs. Luckily, the shields are entirely still Highway Gothic like they should be.

I'd like to know the story behind those signs on I-676. Many municipalities here are now posting MUTCD2009 complaint blade street signs with Clearview. At least they seem to be properly kerning the font.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on January 31, 2014, 12:35:02 PM
I've seen Clearview BGS on I-676. Then my county decides to erect Clearview street signs. Luckily, the shields are entirely still Highway Gothic like they should be.

I'd like to know the story behind those signs on I-676.
What's even weirder with those Clearview BGS', at least at the time those GSVs were shot, is that only selected BGS' on the gantries have the font whereas other BGS panels of similar vintage feature Highway Gothic; and it's not consistently applied.

My guess is that those Clearview BGS installations were either one-offs or a font selection error was done by either the designer, contractor and/or fabricator.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on January 31, 2014, 12:59:19 PM
My guess is that those Clearview BGS installations were either one-offs or a font selection error was done by either the designer, contractor and/or fabricator.

That's my guess as well. I still don't see the need for the Clearview street blades though - just use mixed case Series C or D.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 01, 2014, 04:26:24 PM
On Rt. 42 today, the VMS had a message stating the new ramp to 295 North will open Monday. But also today, the forecast for Monday, which originally called for barely a chance of snow has quickly ramped up to a possible 3"-6". So we'll see if they postpone the ramp opening again.

In other observations, below is one of the new overhead sign structures on 42 North.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/4D510FED-51DF-4F04-AD09-01C90E12E1EE.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/4D510FED-51DF-4F04-AD09-01C90E12E1EE.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on February 01, 2014, 05:57:46 PM
Glad to see the new BGS being put up aren't complete abortions. Although they really should include the county name in the CR 753 shield, and I have to ask this: How you can be at Exit 1B in 1/2 of a mile, but in a 1/4 you're at Exit 14? I'm assuming it has something to do with the different highways' exit numbers.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 01, 2014, 07:45:10 PM
Glad to see the new BGS being put up aren't complete abortions. Although they really should include the county name in the CR 753 shield, and I have to ask this: How you can be at Exit 1B in 1/2 of a mile, but in a 1/4 you're at Exit 14? I'm assuming it has something to do with the different highways' exit numbers.

One of the nuances of 1 road having 2 different identities (3, if you want to include the AC Expressway).

Exit 14 is the last exit of Rt. 42.  Exit 1B is the 1st exit of I-76 West.

Once the new ramp configuration is in place, the resulting BGS that has both Exit 27 & Exit 1B on it will be revised, and from what I saw on the bid plans, should look like a very nice APL BGS.

Most BGS county route shields don't state the county.  I'd imagine at 20 feet above the roadway, the county wouldn't be legible anyway.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on February 01, 2014, 11:14:18 PM
Looking at the diagram of this new ramp makes one wonder why the interchange wasn't built with it to begin with. That weave with I-295 and I-76 was stupid even in the 60s.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on February 02, 2014, 08:40:10 AM
NJDOT is saying the Interim Ramp will open this weekend:

http://www.nj.gov/transportation/about/press/2014/013114.shtm
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 02, 2014, 02:25:52 PM
The ramp is finally open!

Some pictures, first, for those on 295 North:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/B6AFD7A6-DEBE-4061-8358-93F0623A310A.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/B6AFD7A6-DEBE-4061-8358-93F0623A310A.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/0FAA3864-AA73-4E89-A501-82FD38DBD4A7.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/0FAA3864-AA73-4E89-A501-82FD38DBD4A7.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/6F031545-E1A6-475F-ABD1-1B8809D45670.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/6F031545-E1A6-475F-ABD1-1B8809D45670.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/E3C9585D-E21F-410A-87A8-E6A85366CF3D.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/E3C9585D-E21F-410A-87A8-E6A85366CF3D.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/EEF3F58D-4397-4E68-86C1-E91B0842D6A9.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/EEF3F58D-4397-4E68-86C1-E91B0842D6A9.jpg.html)

And some on Rt. 42 North:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/A26F443E-A314-42E4-8F7C-84D5C1AEFB9E.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/A26F443E-A314-42E4-8F7C-84D5C1AEFB9E.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/673A75D7-5FBB-4440-B7D7-1B75DE930C77.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/673A75D7-5FBB-4440-B7D7-1B75DE930C77.jpg.html) (295 NORTH EXIT 1B RIGHT LANE ONLY)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/91F91734-9C13-4D64-BD56-8E3AA7E8AF56.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/91F91734-9C13-4D64-BD56-8E3AA7E8AF56.jpg.html) (ALL OTHER ROUTES USE LEFT LANES)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/45C35073-A5C5-425E-AD29-2896D0E06B49.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/45C35073-A5C5-425E-AD29-2896D0E06B49.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CF70D7A9-3A2D-4A84-B2AC-D0DCB1FC906D.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CF70D7A9-3A2D-4A84-B2AC-D0DCB1FC906D.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/8ACEC5B4-8878-453E-8F9B-89A8FC797462.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/8ACEC5B4-8878-453E-8F9B-89A8FC797462.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/05865C9E-2682-4381-9193-2F89D681F66A.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/05865C9E-2682-4381-9193-2F89D681F66A.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/82CC9A73-F84E-4E04-B915-16DB4716E6E9_1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/82CC9A73-F84E-4E04-B915-16DB4716E6E9_1.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/517D9B2F-86E2-47D5-ACD6-97A853A2BA75.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/517D9B2F-86E2-47D5-ACD6-97A853A2BA75.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/C45A0A83-C303-4F6A-B994-C6BB32963899.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/C45A0A83-C303-4F6A-B994-C6BB32963899.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on February 02, 2014, 02:34:15 PM
Nice pics! Boy oh boy is that APL sign crammed on the left side. Trenton has all the space to itself while Camden and Phila are fighting over themselves and 500ft.  :spin: But other than that, looks to be a great job done overall. If I'm ever in that area (unlikely) I'll be sure to check out the new ramp.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 02, 2014, 03:45:41 PM
I would've liked to have seen "Exit Only' on the 42 North signs for 295 North a bit further back, but I guess they didn't do that since the Creek Rd exit comes up first.

BTW, when I saw the "Creek Road" BGS, I was looking at it trying to figure out what was different.  Finally dawned on me they wrote out "Road" instead of abbreviating it Creek Rd as they normally have done.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: motorway on February 03, 2014, 08:53:54 AM
Thanks for keeping the thread updated with pictures, I don't get to go down that way too often.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on February 03, 2014, 01:50:21 PM
Thanks for keeping the thread updated with pictures, I don't get to go down that way too often.

Agreed. NJ 42 is out of my way, but I've used 295 several times in the Trenton area, but never made it anywhere near NJ 42. I-76 I also haven't gotten a chance to use yet.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 03, 2014, 07:42:13 PM
As long as the mods don't mind me blasting a dozen pics on a post, I'll keep posting them.

This was a significant stage in the construction. Completely overlooked was the unceremonious end to the express/local lane split. It had outlived any real usefulness 15 or 20 years ago, and will eliminate the confusion as to which side of the road to take for those unfamiliar with the area.

After this, there isn't a whole helluva lot of interesting work going on - walls, overpass reconstruction and bridge piers are being built. Eventually, they'll start working on ramps, but I don't think that stuff starts up until the summer. Creek Rd will get a few much needed traffic lights around 42 this spring, which will be a nice addition to an otherwise chaotic traffic scene in the area.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on February 04, 2014, 12:38:00 AM
So on Route 42 northbound, exit 14 jumps to exit 1B?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 04, 2014, 06:22:04 AM
So on Route 42 northbound, exit 14 jumps to exit 1B?

One of the nuances of 1 road having 2 different identities (3, if you want to include the AC Expressway).

Exit 14 is the last exit of Rt. 42.  Exit 1B is the 1st exit of I-76 West.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 08, 2014, 11:57:52 AM
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/08977657-3E50-4205-9BC3-CDBA4C33BB79.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/08977657-3E50-4205-9BC3-CDBA4C33BB79.jpg.html)

An unusual touch, especially in a state that haphazardly signs the beginning & ending of their routes.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alex on February 08, 2014, 02:31:41 PM
As long as the mods don't mind me blasting a dozen pics on a post, I'll keep posting them.


By all means, keep posting them. They make this thread that much more worthwhile.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on February 08, 2014, 04:55:34 PM
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/08977657-3E50-4205-9BC3-CDBA4C33BB79.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/08977657-3E50-4205-9BC3-CDBA4C33BB79.jpg.html)

An unusual touch, especially in a state that haphazardly signs the beginning & ending of their routes.

I really hope that's a temporary assembly... I don't want more RIDOT shields ending up in New Jersey.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 08, 2014, 06:12:01 PM
Relax...you can clearly see that it's on a temporary post with those sign clips that slide up and down.

Everything I've posted here over the past year is temporary. Even those large BGSs are going to remain for only 5 years or so. Anything they've done so far is simply to allow for the permanent structures to be put in place while minimally disrupting traffic. 

If anything, I give the people that are responsible for designing the signs in this construction zone credit for keeping up with the latest design criteria and standards.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: vdeane on February 08, 2014, 08:19:58 PM
I find it impressive how much effort NJ puts into temporary signage.  In NY we usually just have some flimsy orange thing on wooden posts weighed down with sandbags.  In NJ they actually install gantries and manufacture a regular sign.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: CrystalWalrein on February 08, 2014, 10:40:44 PM
Well, that sign is going to be up for the next four years, so why not?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on February 09, 2014, 10:18:42 AM
So... if I-76 begins there, why is the I-295 exit 1B? Shouldn't it be 14A or something? Same with 1A in the other direction for that matter.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: CrystalWalrein on February 09, 2014, 04:27:26 PM
I suppose because the actual mileage for I-76 begins shortly before the I-295 interchange, or to simply disambiguate the road from NJ 42. Not that it matters since many people still call the stretch of I-76 'Route 42'.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 10, 2014, 08:32:22 AM
42 & 76 meet underneath the Browning Road overpass that cuts thru the interchange. (Which means the 'Begin' sign posted above is a bit before the actual starting point, but what's several hundred feet between friends?)

If you want to get more technical, I-76 was never signed properly in the first place.  MP 0.0 should be at midspan of the Walt Whitman Bridge, not in this interchange.  For whatever reason, they decided to sign this highway from east to west, not west to east.

I-76 Eastbound's Exit 1A (295 South) has always been on Route 42's turf.  76 West 1B has now encroached on 42.  When the missing moves are built, what will persumably be Exit 1A (42 North to 295 South, to match the Exit 1A movement from 76 East to 295 South) will be nearly 3/4 of a mile into Route 42's terrority, and even before the current location Exit 14 of Route 42.  The last design I saw for the interchange also moves the Creek Road Exit slightly south and partially with the 42 to 295 ramp, so it's possible the exit sigange may include Exit 14 & Exit 1A on a single sign.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 10, 2014, 01:27:03 PM
Bids for Contract #2 (of 4) for the 295/76/42 project were opened today. The lowest bid of $152.6 million is quite a bit under the estimate of $215 million. The 2nd lowest bid is about $15 million greater than the lowest bid.

Contract #2 was awarded Friday.  I think I recall reading construction related to this contract will start this spring or summer; Completion date: December, 2017.  The link below details each of the items within the bid.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabs13148.pdf
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on February 11, 2014, 08:49:43 PM
42 & 76 meet underneath the Browning Road overpass that cuts thru the interchange. (Which means the 'Begin' sign posted above is a bit before the actual starting point, but what's several hundred feet between friends?)

If you want to get more technical, I-76 was never signed properly in the first place.  MP 0.0 should be at midspan of the Walt Whitman Bridge, not in this interchange.  For whatever reason, they decided to sign this highway from east to west, not west to east.

I-76 Eastbound's Exit 1A (295 South) has always been on Route 42's turf.  76 West 1B has now encroached on 42.  When the missing moves are built, what will persumably be Exit 1A (42 North to 295 South, to match the Exit 1A movement from 76 East to 295 South) will be nearly 3/4 of a mile into Route 42's terrority, and even before the current location Exit 14 of Route 42.  The last design I saw for the interchange also moves the Creek Road Exit slightly south and partially with the 42 to 295 ramp, so it's possible the exit sigange may include Exit 14 & Exit 1A on a single sign.
I would imagine the Missing Moves end up signed as 14A-B with Creek Rd.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on March 05, 2014, 05:58:02 PM
Here is a picture I tool recently of the 295 North bound ramp to 42. You can see they have put up sheet pile along the ramp in the median and also removed the side of the ramp overpass that goes over 42 North. From the plans it appears that a new ramp is going to be built next to the old one.

I also noticed the other day that the steel for the Essex Ave overpass has arrived along with a crane to install it. The Bell Road bridge is also coming along nicely, the structure for the fence along the side of the overpass was installed today and they have recently started working on the approaches to the bridge. This side should be finished pretty soon.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vbhAt5qaGOk/Uxeq8En-cyI/AAAAAAAACuM/zfRJPmkOxEE/w912-h768-no/Ramp295a.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 06, 2014, 08:48:01 AM
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vbhAt5qaGOk/Uxeq8En-cyI/AAAAAAAACuM/zfRJPmkOxEE/w912-h768-no/Ramp295a.jpg)
2 things regarding the above BGS':

1.  The exit tab is positioned on the wrong side of that I-295 North BGS (it should be on the top-right corner).

2.  Given that the very close proximity of the NJ 42/I-76 handoff to this location, I am very surprised that NJDOT even bothered at all w/the 42 NORTH listing on that through BGS.  I also would have moved that TO between the I-76 & 676 shields.  Such would've produced a shorter (& less convoluted) BGS.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on March 06, 2014, 01:01:40 PM
2.  Given that the very close proximity of the NJ 42/I-76 handoff to this location, I am very surprised that NJDOT even bothered at all w/the 42 NORTH listing on that through BGS.  I also would have moved that TO between the I-76 & 676 shields.  Such would've produced a shorter (& less convoluted) BGS.
Many people (especially traffic reporters) don't recognize the existence of I-76 in New Jersey calling the entire segment to the Walt Whitman Bridge the "42 Freeway". On the other hand, the exit is signed 1B, which suggests that someone wants to appropriate a portion of 42 to I-76. Really, we don't need 3 sets of exit numbers on a short, seemingly continuous piece of road (especially since the ones on 42 start with 6 and not 1, and the ones on 76 don't go above 2). I mean, sure, they don't overlap to any great extent, but some people use them to measure distances (that's why they're mileage based, right?), and both the ACE and I-76 already have the "wrong" direction numbering. This could all be avoided, of course, by extending I-76 down the ACE, but short of that, couldn't there be common exit numbers? Do common exit numbers spanning multiple designations exist elsewhere? And I don't mean brief ones like this one where exit 1B is technically on 42 or exit 354 which is technically in NJ (by the way, why did that happen?)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: roadman65 on March 06, 2014, 01:29:30 PM
MD used to have them on I-95 for both the JFK Highway and Harbor Tunnel Thruway.  True the HTT was not I-95, but it was defacto I-95 which gave it the illusion.  Plus the old Harbor Tunnel Thruway had two sequences for both NB and SB having two sets o numbers as well.  NB was 1 to 5 and SB was 11 to 18.  Hence north of the tunnel all exits were all NB off and SB on  and south of the tunnel its was SB off and NB on, but still created confusion somewhat.  Then the JFK highway started its own sequence with Exit 2 for I-695 to Exit 9 for MD 279 at Elkton. 

Following in a linear line would experience three sets of numbers.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 06, 2014, 01:50:53 PM
On the other hand, the exit is signed 1B, which suggests that someone wants to appropriate a portion of 42 to I-76.

To be technical, Exit 1A on 76 East has always been on Rt. 42.  The 42/76 meeting point is where the Browning Road overpass crosses the highway.

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...exit 354 which is technically in NJ (by the way, why did that happen?)

That's the DRPA for you.  I actually did ask that question once.  The answer had something to do with because the bridge started in PA, they were permitted to sign it as a continuation of PA's numbering. 

No, I'm not saying it makes sense.  I'm just saying what they told me.  The whole agency is kinda nutballish anyway, so they tend to make stuff up when they want to.

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Do common exit numbers spanning multiple designations exist elsewhere?

You can probably include NJ I-295's Interchange 60 with 195/29 under this heading.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 06, 2014, 02:12:06 PM
Many people (especially traffic reporters) don't recognize the existence of I-76 in New Jersey calling the entire segment to the Walt Whitman Bridge the "42 Freeway".
Old news.  At least it's not as bad as traffic reporters still refering to parts of I-93 & I-95 in the metropolitan Boston area as Route 128; but that's another topic for another thread.

BTW, here's the pre-construction signage for that area (http://goo.gl/maps/DZC1U).

Aerial view of the area (http://goo.gl/maps/YHefn).

As one can see, this stretch of highway is clearly between the I-295 branch-offs and could be argued whether it's a part of NJ 42 or not.  Looking at the pre-construction interchange geometry, 42's northern terminus appears to be located just south of the Browning Road overpass at the south 295 branch-off (the missing Exit 1A in this direction is likely being reserved for the future direct-ramp to I-295 South). 

Regardless, the new pull-through BGS is incorrect for this particular location, given the very close proximity to 42's northern terminus.

On the other hand, the exit is signed 1B, which suggests that someone wants to appropriate a portion of 42 to I-76.
Note the Exit 1X's here are likely I-76-based and not NJ 42-based.
See above regarding the missing Exit 1A for this direction.

Really, we don't need 3 sets of exit numbers on a short, seemingly continuous piece of road (especially since the ones on 42 start with 6 and not 1, and the ones on 76 don't go above 2
Actually, the North-South Freeway continues north of the Walt Whitman Bridge as I-676 and has its own set of exit numbers; so there's actually four sets of exit numbers for one continuous road (if one includes the ACE).  Remember prior to 1973, I-76 & 676 were the reverse of their current routings.

I mean, sure, they don't overlap to any great extent, but some people use them to measure distances (that's why they're mileage based, right?), and both the ACE and I-76 already have the "wrong" direction numbering. This could all be avoided, of course, by extending I-76 down the ACE, but short of that, couldn't there be common exit numbers?
IIRC, the above has been discussed either in this thread (on previous pages) or other threads.  In most instances & along free highways (not toll roads), the exit numbers usually follow the route number.

It's worth noting that 42's exit numbers only came about within the last decade.  Prior to that, 42's exits had no numbering at all. 

Do common exit numbers spanning multiple designations exist elsewhere?
I-76 & 276 along the PA Turnpike (276's exit numbering does not reset to 1 at Valley Forge).

I-495/Capital Beltway, west of the I-95 merge in MD (495's exit numbers don't reset to 1 at the I-95 merge).  And before anybody mentions that 95 & 495 are multiplexed signagewise, the eastern-half of the Beltway is technically just I-95. 

And I don't mean brief ones like this one where exit 1B is technically on 42 or exit 354 which is technically in NJ (by the way, why did that happen?)
See above-aerial view for clarification; although one could argue that the short stretch (beween I-295 South & North) could be part of through-I-295 pre-construction (which has its own set of exit numbers & mile markers).

As far as the Exit 354 (it was signed as Exit 48 before PA switched over to mile-marker-based exit numbering) is concerned; that was a result of a colosal screw-up between the DRPA and/or PennDOT.  It should be Exit 2 (using current I-76/NJ numbering).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on March 06, 2014, 02:29:19 PM
Just as an FYI, here is the signage that was at the location of my picture before the construction...

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.866776,-75.101029,3a,75y,345.19h,88.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBaibrJj4e0bPpKFdGBMrdA!2e0?hl=en (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.866776,-75.101029,3a,75y,345.19h,88.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBaibrJj4e0bPpKFdGBMrdA!2e0?hl=en)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 06, 2014, 02:45:53 PM
BTW, here's the pre-construction signage for that area (http://goo.gl/maps/DZC1U).

Aerial view of the area (http://goo.gl/maps/YHefn).

As one can see, this stretch of highway is clearly between the I-295 branch-offs and could be argued whether it's a part of NJ 42 or not.  Looking at the pre-construction interchange geometry, 42's northern terminus appears to be located just south of the Browning Road overpass at the south 295 branch-off (the missing Exit 1A in this direction is likely being reserved for the future direct-ramp to I-295 South). 

Ignore what Google is showing as 42 and 76.  Rather, look at the placement of the mileposts, as well as other information directly from NJDOT (including their straight line diagrams).  I-76 doesn't go thru the interchange.  It begins/ends at about the Browning Rd overpass (which crosses on an angle thru the interchange).  Actually, I believe the 0.0 Post on 76 West is just about where 295 North formerly split from 76/42.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 07, 2014, 09:52:03 AM
Just as an FYI, here is the signage that was at the location of my picture before the construction...

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.866776,-75.101029,3a,75y,345.19h,88.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBaibrJj4e0bPpKFdGBMrdA!2e0?hl=en (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.866776,-75.101029,3a,75y,345.19h,88.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBaibrJj4e0bPpKFdGBMrdA!2e0?hl=en)
So there's now two "ramps" for I-295 North along the same direction: the existing one further down (the new APL BGS shows no exit tab for I-295 North, see posted photo several posts back) and this one that appears to be further south along the N-S Freeway.  Am I correct in that assumption?

Either way (and I don't give a hoot in Hades what Delaware Valley traffic reporters call that I-76 stretch of the N-S Freeway); I still think that the 42 NORTH TO 76 676 130 Camden Philadelphia BGS, while being technically correct for its location, is not appropriate given the fact that 42's northern terminus is less than a mile away.  The legends on the previous BGS' (from your link) were more appropriate IMHO.  One could make a whole separate topic thread for scenarios like this.

To Jeffandnicole,

Given the 42/76 handoff location at Browning Road and that fact that 42 now has its own exit numbers (it didn't always); shouldn't this new I-295 North ramp along 42 North be marked as Exit 14B?  14A would be a future ramp to I-295 South.

As far as the I-76 numbering in NJ; one likely reasoning for not following the traditional eastbound exit number order may have been due to the I-76/676 switch-over that took place circa 1973.  When I-676 through Camden was I-76; the various Exits 1x's along present-day I-76 never changed and Exit 2 was likely the ramp for the Walt Whitman Bridge (then I-676).  The exit numbers along that Camden stretch of the N-S Freeway (current 1 through 5) may have had higher numbers (3 through 7 perhaps?).

For all I know, and somebody who lived in the area at the time could chime in/confrim, NJDOT may have signed I-76 as a North-South route back then. 

When the 76/676 'swap' took place, mainly due to the prolonged delay of the eastern-half of the Vine Expressway in Philly being built (such was finally opend but downsized from its original design in 1991), NJDOT likely reset the exit numbers along the Camden stretch to their current I-676 numbers but left the ones southeast of the I-76/676 split (Exit 2) alone.  The reasoning for such (again, guess on my part) were due to the road's short distance (less than 2 miles) and/or the fact that the road's geometry was more North-South even though I-76 is an East-West route.  Such might be the reason why reporters refer to I-76 in NJ as Route 42.  Before much of N-S Freeway corridor became eligible for Interstate funding when first proposed (several 3di choices were initially pondered); it may have been originally envisioned as all-NJ 42.

As others have stated, one solution to eliminate the current route number/interchange number short-distance changes would be to extend I-76 east along NJ 42 and the ACE to Atlantic City; but there presently doesn't seem be a will to do such on either the state and/or federal levels.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on March 07, 2014, 11:12:01 AM
Just as an FYI, here is the signage that was at the location of my picture before the construction...

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.866776,-75.101029,3a,75y,345.19h,88.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBaibrJj4e0bPpKFdGBMrdA!2e0?hl=en (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.866776,-75.101029,3a,75y,345.19h,88.56t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBaibrJj4e0bPpKFdGBMrdA!2e0?hl=en)
So there's now two "ramps" for I-295 North along the same direction: the existing one further down (the new APL BGS shows no exit tab for I-295 North, see posted photo several posts back) and this one that appears to be further south along the N-S Freeway.  Am I correct in that assumption?

No, there is only one exit from 42/76 North to 295 North. The only exit is the new interim ramp.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 07, 2014, 12:35:47 PM
No, there is only one exit from 42/76 North to 295 North. The only exit is the new interim ramp.
Fair enough.  I finally had a chance to look through previous posts (& pics) in this thread to put all the pieces together.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 07, 2014, 12:36:58 PM
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I still think that the 42 NORTH TO 76 676 130 Camden Philadelphia BGS, while being technically correct for its location, is not appropriate given the fact that 42's northern terminus is less than a mile away.

There's another example...1 mile away, and it's been there for over 15 years: http://goo.gl/maps/oe76T

Sure, it's less noticable because of the reduced information contained on the sign, but the fact remains I-76 ends less than 1/2 mile away from this sign.

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Given the 42/76 handoff location at Browning Road and that fact that 42 now has its own exit numbers (it didn't always); shouldn't this new I-295 North ramp along 42 North be marked as Exit 14B?  14A would be a future ramp to I-295 South.

Nah.  First off...don't forget Creek Road is already signed as Exit 14, so that interchange would need to change to 14A, then this exit would be 14B...or even 14C, because the future 42 North to 295 South ramp would need to be 14A or 14B. Normal NJ numbering habits preclude assigning a single interchange number to two drastically different exit locations.  As an example, I-295's Exit 56 is located at MP 56.1.  Exit 57 is located at MP 56.8.  Since they were 2 separate interchanges, they were assigned distinctly different numbers.

And everyone is forgetting the general rule - the exit number is assigned based on the point of intersection of the two roads.  295 has always been an oddity, because the 295 NB lanes intersected the highway about 3/4 of a mile away from the SB lanes.  To add to that, both 295 North & South overlapped 76/42, until jersey barrier walls separated the 2 highways, so there was 2 meeting points.  While there are scores of examples of 2 or more roads joining for a period of time, very few do so for such a short distance, and an extreme rarity that 1 of the roads changes designations at the same time. 

The decision was made early on to assign the interchange as I-76 Interchange 1.  The fact that the takeoff point for the 295 North ramp is located on Route 42 territory shouldn't make a different as to the exit number of the interchange, because of where it currently (and futurely) crosses 76/42.

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As far as the I-76 numbering in NJ; one likely reasoning for not following the traditional eastbound exit number order may have been due to the I-76/676 switch-over that took place circa 1973.  When I-676 through Camden was I-76; the various Exits 1x's along present-day I-76 never changed and Exit 2 was likely the ramp for the Walt Whitman Bridge (then I-676).  The exit numbers along that Camden stretch of the N-S Freeway (current 1 through 5) may have had higher numbers (3 through 7 perhaps?).

For all I know, and somebody who lived in the area at the time could chime in/confrim, NJDOT may have signed I-76 as a North-South route back then. 

When the 76/676 'swap' took place, mainly due to the prolonged delay of the eastern-half of the Vine Expressway in Philly being built (such was finally opend but downsized from its original design in 1991), NJDOT likely reset the exit numbers along the Camden stretch to their current I-676 numbers but left the ones southeast of the I-76/676 split (Exit 2) alone.  The reasoning for such (again, guess on my part) were due to the road's short distance (less than 2 miles) and/or the fact that the road's geometry was more North-South even though I-76 is an East-West route.  Such might be the reason why reporters refer to I-76 in NJ as Route 42.  Before much of N-S Freeway corridor became eligible for Interstate funding when first proposed (several 3di choices were initially pondered); it may have been originally envisioned as all-NJ 42.


Originally, the two Interstate highways were signed I-80S (as present day I-80 was I-80N) & I-680, before becoming 76 & 676.  But if signed properly, at least based on today's standards, 76 and 80S's MP 0 would be either at the Ben Franklin Bridge or Walt Whitman Bridge.  It should never have been MP 0 where it crosses 295.  Thus, the 76/676 switch should have impacted the interchange number, but it did not.

I-76 and Route 42 follow an alignment originally reserved for some sort of parkway route originally thought up in the 1930's.  The Interstate portion of the highway was completed first in 1957; Route 42 started opening up a year or so after that.  The Atlantic City Expressway was more of an afterthought; talk and planning of that highway occurred from 1958 - 1962 (And that had nothing to do with the casinos, which weren't considered until the 1970's).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 07, 2014, 05:33:25 PM
Originally, the two Interstate highways were signed I-80S (as present day I-80 was I-80N) & I-680, before becoming 76 & 676.
My earlier point that there were several I-numbers being thrown around (395 & 380 being two of them) before agreeing to I-80S & 680.  See the historical info. on I-76, 676 & NJ 42 from Steve Anderson's PhillyRoads site (the I-76 & 676 pages list the timeline for the various I-numbers be it only on paper and/or in the field):

I-76 (http://www.phillyroads.com/roads/I-76_NJ/)

I-676 (http://www.phillyroads.com/roads/I-676_NJ/)

NJ 42 (http://www.phillyroads.com/roads/NJ-42/)

But if signed properly, at least based on today's standards, 76 and 80S's MP 0 would be either at the Ben Franklin Bridge or Walt Whitman Bridge.  It should never have been MP 0 where it crosses 295.
I agree w/you 100% on this one; it was NJDOT that thought otherwise. 

Thus, the 76/676 switch should have impacted the interchange number, but it did not.
As I stated earlier, the presummed interchange numbers pre-76/676 swap started at 1 at I-295 and ran northward towards the Ben Franklin Bridge and it's possible that NJDOT treated I-76 (originally I-80S) as a North-South route as opposed to an East-West route.  A few old pics. in this area would confirm/refute and/or tell the story w/less words.

The Atlantic City Expressway was more of an afterthought; talk and planning of that highway occurred from 1958 - 1962 (And that had nothing to do with the casinos, which weren't considered until the 1970's).
Again, no argument from me on that one.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: akotchi on March 08, 2014, 06:04:30 PM
NJDOT's Straight Line Diagram considers I-76 to be a north-south roadway, despite the signing in the field.

The numbering of the I-295 interchange as 1 from Route 42 north is not unprecedented for New Jersey.  Where I-95 transitions to I-295, the exit number of the U.S. 1 interchange carries the I-295 interchange number (67) from both sides.  I could say the same thing for the transitions to state highways on I-195 on either end, but neither state roadway has exit numbers.  At I-295, there is also the Exit 60 designation from all four directions.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: mrsman on March 17, 2014, 09:44:02 AM
MD used to have them on I-95 for both the JFK Highway and Harbor Tunnel Thruway.  True the HTT was not I-95, but it was defacto I-95 which gave it the illusion.  Plus the old Harbor Tunnel Thruway had two sequences for both NB and SB having two sets o numbers as well.  NB was 1 to 5 and SB was 11 to 18.  Hence north of the tunnel all exits were all NB off and SB on  and south of the tunnel its was SB off and NB on, but still created confusion somewhat.  Then the JFK highway started its own sequence with Exit 2 for I-695 to Exit 9 for MD 279 at Elkton. 

Following in a linear line would experience three sets of numbers.

I-76-NJ 42-ACE should have one set of exit numbers, since it's one road and the terminus of NJ 42 is at the terminus of the ACE.  And the terminus of I-76 is at the terminus of NJ 42.

Incidentally, it's nearly* impossible to have mileage based exit numbers on routes that diverge and converge, because the mileages will almost all be different.

For the two I-35 E & W divergences (DFW, Twin Cities), only I-35E keeps I-35's exit numbers.  I-35W has exit numbers signed as though it was a separate highway.

So in Maryland, it's just not feasible to have I-895 match I-95's exit numbers, unless we were to take I-895 off the mileage based system.


* One exception might be the NJTP, should the NJTP get a mileage based system.  The Eastern Spur and the Western Spur have so few exits that likely if the mileage system would follow the longer one, you wouldn't notice the lack of sequence.  Although, there would be problems linking the main NJTP with I-95's exit numbers.

The exit numbers along I-95 between Teaneck, NJ and Fort Lee, NJ actuall follow the exit numbers based on the never-built Somerset Expy, but very neatly match I-80's exit numbers.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: vdeane on March 17, 2014, 01:36:08 PM
the terminus of NJ 42 is at the terminus of the ACE.
Nope (https://maps.google.com/?ll=39.77076,-75.048921&spn=0.011215,0.018239&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.77076,-75.048921&panoid=0nEsiLzsNcswmGp0i_8cDg&cbp=12,180.32,,0,11.65).

Though the overall orientation of the combined route is east-west.  If it were renumbered east-west, the fact that NJ 42 actually branches off wouldn't matter.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on March 17, 2014, 01:59:06 PM
the terminus of NJ 42 is at the terminus of the ACE.
Nope (https://maps.google.com/?ll=39.77076,-75.048921&spn=0.011215,0.018239&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.77076,-75.048921&panoid=0nEsiLzsNcswmGp0i_8cDg&cbp=12,180.32,,0,11.65).

Though the overall orientation of the combined route is east-west.  If it were renumbered east-west, the fact that NJ 42 actually branches off wouldn't matter.
To add...

NJ Route 42 per Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Route_42)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on April 12, 2014, 08:18:02 AM
Just posted a new photo update on my blog. Now that Winter is over (finally!) the pace of work appears to be picking up again. Things should really get interesting in a few months when Phase 2 starts while Phase 1 continues.

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on April 29, 2014, 12:29:38 PM
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/517D9B2F-86E2-47D5-ACD6-97A853A2BA75.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/517D9B2F-86E2-47D5-ACD6-97A853A2BA75.jpg.html)
That is extremely misleading since the entering lane ends. There is a sign (or is it a VMS) on I-295 (but preceding this sign) that says something like "I-295 right lane ends ahead". This sign is visible from the entering lane, but it is not obvious that it refers to the lane in question because it's not I-295's right lane yet (plus some motorists would be excused for not reading signs on roadways other than the ones they're on, even if they're visible).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 29, 2014, 01:17:27 PM
That is extremely misleading since the entering lane ends. There is a sign (or is it a VMS) on I-295 (but preceding this sign) that says something like "I-295 right lane ends ahead". This sign is visible from the entering lane, but it is not obvious that it refers to the lane in question because it's not I-295's right lane yet (plus some motorists would be excused for not reading signs on roadways other than the ones they're on, even if they're visible).

I think the intent is to keep entering traffic within that lane, rather than suggesting they need to merge over immediately with a traditional merge sign.  The new lane is about 1/2 mile long thru the construction zone, ending after traffic sharply curves to the right.  This allows 3 lanes thru the curve.  A lane increase in a constuction zone is a rarity.  It's worked out fairly well.

The VMS sign says:

295 NB
RT LN ENDS
1/2 MILE

Considering the ramp and the sign location, it's probably missed by many, and conveys too much abbrevated info anyway.  Numerous signs starting at the 2000 Foot Ahead mark mention the lane ending anyway, so it's not a huge miss.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 29, 2014, 01:27:25 PM
New Traffic Pattern on I-76:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2014/042814ab.shtm

The press release shows the new traffic patterns commencing overnight, but with rains in the area it was pushed back (never fails...dry weather for most of the past several weeks, and now we're in a 3 day period possibly producing up to 5" of rain).  Ironically, this portion of the project is to address flooding issues on I-76.  I believe I read the roadway will be *lowered* to reduce flooding, so not entirely sure how that will work.  In a way, this roadwork has nothing to do with the actual 295 Direct Connection, but good planning got it thrown into the overall project.

Highlights: I-76 West will feature 2 contra-flow lanes on the EB roadway.  2 or 3 lanes will remain on the EB roadway.

Lowlights:  I-76 East will lose a thru lane.  I-676 South traffic will suffer the most: They go from 3 lanes to 2 just prior to the merge with I-76 already, and then the new right lane becomes an Exit Only lane for US 130 South.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on May 06, 2014, 07:57:27 PM
We have 120 days to reconstruct I-76 all the way across from heading to Phila to the opposite side of the highway. I was told that the first phase should be 24 days. They are adding a lot of drainage and removing the concrete base under the old asphalt. The contractors are planning on 24 hour shifts six days a week and Sundays as a backup. The ramp to RT 130 is slated to be closed this weekend from Friday night until Monday morning. The next weekend Market St is planned to be closed for the same amount of time. The traffic switch is supposed to happen tonight.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 07, 2014, 09:26:30 AM
Wow!  By the sounds of it, it appears they are trying to push this thru mostly during the summer months, when traffic volumes are lower (shore traffic notwithstanding).

(PS: I've been very complimentary towards the construction signage. However, the revised 130 South Exit Only sign on 76 East looks horrible!)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on May 07, 2014, 11:54:50 AM
(PS: I've been very complimentary towards the construction signage. However, the revised 130 South Exit Only sign on 76 East looks horrible!)

Pics if you're in the area would be great.  :)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on May 07, 2014, 02:57:45 PM
We have 120 days to reconstruct I-76 all the way across from heading to Phila to the opposite side of the highway. I was told that the first phase should be 24 days. They are adding a lot of drainage and removing the concrete base under the old asphalt. The contractors are planning on 24 hour shifts six days a week and Sundays as a backup. The ramp to RT 130 is slated to be closed this weekend from Friday night until Monday morning. The next weekend Market St is planned to be closed for the same amount of time. The traffic switch is supposed to happen tonight.
Thanks for the heads-up.  Here's the press release:
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2014/050614.shtm
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 10, 2014, 06:17:13 PM
(PS: I've been very complimentary towards the construction signage. However, the revised 130 South Exit Only sign on 76 East looks horrible!)

Pics if you're in the area would be great.  :)

Finally got it today.

I mostly dislike the lettering, where the small letters are way smaller, and the l's, k's, d's, etc don't rise to the height of the larger Capital letter.

Kudos though for exactly matching the width of the Exit 1C sign below (I won't take off points for the different shade of green, which looks worse in the pic than it does driving by it).

Temporary I-76 WB Signage at Exit 1D:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/photo2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/photo2.jpg.html)

Green-over / Yellow-over at I-76 EB, Exit 1C:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/photo4.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/photo4.jpg.html)

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on May 10, 2014, 06:48:19 PM
Oh god, you weren't lying. Those are butt ugly!  :ded:  Who told the contractors the initial letter of everything is larger than the rest?  :pan:
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on May 11, 2014, 03:50:48 PM
Thank god this signage is only temporally for the next, 5 years lol.  :meh:
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 26, 2014, 04:02:04 PM
Looks like contract 2 is getting ready to start. Two shipping containers with a Conti Enterprises sign on them have appeared along 295 at the Blackhorse Pike exit.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-x0mQTatUJj4/U4hTKGs_FbI/AAAAAAAAC6I/qGagnspjf_U/w861-h645-no/IMG_4576.JPG)

Since I took this picture a couple more trucks have joined the containers.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 05, 2014, 08:27:35 PM
New photo update:

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2014/06/photo-update-may-2014.html

I am starting to see Conti trucks in a couple locations around the project, mostly starting to do land clearing.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 10, 2014, 08:34:01 AM
New photo update:

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2014/06/photo-update-may-2014.html

I am starting to see Conti trucks in a couple locations around the project, mostly starting to do land clearing.

Nice pics, btw.

I'm a bit surprised at how slow they are moving on the 2nd half of the Bell Rd Overpass.  I'm sure there's some utilities they have to work around that's under the overpass, but I would've thought they would move on that a bit faster being the bridge has to alternate traffic on the one available lane.

Otherwise, there seems to be something going on most days there, somewhere in that construction zone.  The overpass over Essex Ave in the median of 295 appears to be complete, and they are adding asphalt near it as SB traffic will need to use that overpass in order to replace the current 295 South overpass. 

The 2nd of 4+ phases of lane shifts in being used on 76, which I believe is the 3 cattleshute phase, consisting of 2 contra-flow lanes on I-76 East, 1 single lane on the far left I-76 West shoulder, and 2 or 3 far right lanes which also access the US 130 exits.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 10, 2014, 07:13:06 PM

Nice pics, btw.

I'm a bit surprised at how slow they are moving on the 2nd half of the Bell Rd Overpass.  I'm sure there's some utilities they have to work around that's under the overpass, but I would've thought they would move on that a bit faster being the bridge has to alternate traffic on the one available lane.

Otherwise, there seems to be something going on most days there, somewhere in that construction zone.  The overpass over Essex Ave in the median of 295 appears to be complete, and they are adding asphalt near it as SB traffic will need to use that overpass in order to replace the current 295 South overpass. 

The 2nd of 4+ phases of lane shifts in being used on 76, which I believe is the 3 cattleshute phase, consisting of 2 contra-flow lanes on I-76 East, 1 single lane on the far left I-76 West shoulder, and 2 or 3 far right lanes which also access the US 130 exits.

Thanks! I was surprised about Bell road also, but I drove through there two weeks ago, then again a week later and both times there were utility crews working underground on both sides of the bridge, so it looks like the utility work is taking a while.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 11, 2014, 07:29:15 AM
Nice pics, btw.

I'm a bit surprised at how slow they are moving on the 2nd half of the Bell Rd Overpass.  I'm sure there's some utilities they have to work around that's under the overpass, but I would've thought they would move on that a bit faster being the bridge has to alternate traffic on the one available lane.

Otherwise, there seems to be something going on most days there, somewhere in that construction zone.  The overpass over Essex Ave in the median of 295 appears to be complete, and they are adding asphalt near it as SB traffic will need to use that overpass in order to replace the current 295 South overpass. 

The 2nd of 4+ phases of lane shifts in being used on 76, which I believe is the 3 cattleshute phase, consisting of 2 contra-flow lanes on I-76 East, 1 single lane on the far left I-76 West shoulder, and 2 or 3 far right lanes which also access the US 130 exits.

Looking at the Essex Ave area today it appears that they are building a cattle chute from the far left lane of 295 North onto the newly constructed section of the bridge, so it appears that they are going to use that to divert the left lane onto the express ramp so they can rebuild the next section of the Essex bridge under that lane.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 11, 2014, 08:23:03 AM
I took notice to that as well.  It appears the 76 East to 295 South ramp will essentially be extended about a 1/2 mile, where it will meet up with the other 2 lanes of 295 South. That cattle shute will probably need to open up first, so the temporary roadway leading south from the 295/42 split can be constructed to go over the new overpass over Essex.

In the meantime, it's not as noticable when you're driving right by it on 295 North (or as the case may be, practically underneath it), but from 295 South it's very noticable - they are removing much of the treeline/shrubbery/weeds that separated the highways from New St. Mary's Cemetary on Browning Rd.  This is where the mainline 295 will be constructed over Rt. 42 & Browning Rd, along with the 42 North to 295 North ramp.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 12, 2014, 07:14:24 PM
Looks like we spoke to soon about the Bell Rd bridge, they started working on it today.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 18, 2014, 10:32:14 PM
Signage for a triple cattleshute workzone setup on I-76 West. Comes in your choice of colors too!

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/AD61019A-2949-487F-8A5D-AF09BF3B16F1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/AD61019A-2949-487F-8A5D-AF09BF3B16F1.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/AA9CB3EB-AC14-4030-B4B8-4296257B83EC.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/AA9CB3EB-AC14-4030-B4B8-4296257B83EC.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on June 18, 2014, 11:14:51 PM
Signage for a triple cattleshute workzone setup on I-76 West. Comes in your choice of colors too!

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/AD61019A-2949-487F-8A5D-AF09BF3B16F1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/AD61019A-2949-487F-8A5D-AF09BF3B16F1.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/AA9CB3EB-AC14-4030-B4B8-4296257B83EC.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/AA9CB3EB-AC14-4030-B4B8-4296257B83EC.jpg.html)
That is really, really bad. I foresee crashes from people getting really confused in that third lane.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on June 18, 2014, 11:39:59 PM
Signage for a triple cattleshute workzone setup on I-76 West. Comes in your choice of colors too!
Nice.  I'm still waiting for a triple on the Garden State Parkway's 83-100 work.

That is really, really bad. I foresee crashes from people getting really confused in that third lane.
One of the GSP's doubles has a single lane chute on the right side near SB exit 89.  A temporary auxiliary lane opens up just before it for traffic entering at 90 which becomes the exit lane for 89.  In the first few weeks, many through traffic drivers thought that the added right lane was a continuous through lane and the overhead signage above the lanes did not help this situation by being positioned over the wrong lanes right at the exit.  This led to continuous last second weaving into the through lane on the left before the gore.  I would get cut off every time I went through here. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 19, 2014, 06:26:10 AM
Shame I can't get a picture of the actual construction zone to show actual stripping and such (it's actually a fairly smooth transition).

It's a short lived zone anyway...this started a few weeks ago, and per the VMS signage, a new traffic pattern is coming Friday, which I believe will eliminate the middle cattleshute.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on June 19, 2014, 11:28:09 AM
Where on I-76 is this triple cattleshute? I'm wondering if I'll get the chance to see it on Saturday on the way back from Camden.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 19, 2014, 12:05:38 PM
Where on I-76 is this triple cattleshute? I'm wondering if I'll get the chance to see it on Saturday on the way back from Camden.

It would be on I-76 West.  Returning from Camden, you would be on I-76 East.  But, unless they delay the new traffic pattern, the VMS sigange indicated that this traffic pattern will be changed on Friday (or early Saturday morning, depending on their definition of Friday). If they haven't changed the traffic pattern and you want to drive thru it, you can take 76 East to 42 South to Creek Rd and make a u-turn there to get back to 42 North to 76 West.  (Even though 42 North ends in a 1/2 mile, there are no signs on Creek Rd indicating such.  All the signage states 42 North)

They need to do a lot of work under the road with drainage and such in this area, which is prone to flooding during very heavy rains.  And due to their requirements of keeping 5 lanes* open as much as possible on I-76 West, working in the middle of the highway required them to do this unusual cattleshute operation.

* - The signs I posted above indicates 4 lanes, which is proper for the 4 lanes on I-76 at that point.  Just about where the split occurs, the I-295 South to I-76 West ramp meets up with I-76 West. One of those lanes becomes the 5th lane on I-76.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on June 19, 2014, 07:44:05 PM
CATTLE

CHUTE

A CHUTE OF CATTLE
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Pete from Boston on June 19, 2014, 09:27:51 PM

CATTLE

CHUTE

A CHUTE OF CATTLE

When people mangle the language like this it makes me want to chute first, and ask questions later. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 20, 2014, 03:25:09 PM
BTW Zeffy...don't bother looking for the triple cattle shute...traffic pattern was changed last night.  It's still a dual-split zone though, with 2 WB contraflow lanes on I-76 East.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJ-Surveyor on June 25, 2014, 08:28:32 PM
It is even harder to pull into the work zone in this phase. I think this phase will take a little while. We have a lot of inlets to build, sign structures, barrier, and paving to do in this phase. Then it's on to eastbound 76.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 29, 2014, 12:54:08 AM
A few pics of the construction zone on 295:

Signage for the revised ramp to exit 26. Notice that even though there's no more express/local lane division on 76, the signage still refers to such. And great job with the new Left Exit 26. As long as you ignore it being on the right and the whole tab in yellow, and the bottom of the BGS remains white on green.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/D28ABC08-4A6A-4219-99A7-78560847DD81.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/D28ABC08-4A6A-4219-99A7-78560847DD81.jpg.html)

A new sign for North 295 to Local 76, not that you can see much of it.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/76FCCEFD-8399-486F-84BC-89F4206ED7AA.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/76FCCEFD-8399-486F-84BC-89F4206ED7AA.jpg.html)

The upcoming lengthened exit 26 ramp.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/FB3D911D-E938-40AB-BA0F-61E1186EF1AB.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/FB3D911D-E938-40AB-BA0F-61E1186EF1AB.jpg.html)

The Exit 26 ramp. Note: the sign to the left previously read 1/4 Mile. The left arrow plated was bolted over the wording.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-06/7CA0326F-8CCD-416C-846F-75970F1DBC41.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-06/7CA0326F-8CCD-416C-846F-75970F1DBC41.jpg.html)

Bell Rd over 295. Prior to the old single lane being removed, an example of the newer replacement sign being bigger and better than the original. Sure, it's in the median, but it's very visible.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/838A4E95-6464-4C33-8B68-B98C051F1C42.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/838A4E95-6464-4C33-8B68-B98C051F1C42.jpg.html)

The overpass has since been removed. What remains of the pier on the Northbound side...

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-06/C0377D33-90FC-4BD5-96E2-AB850458CF24.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-06/C0377D33-90FC-4BD5-96E2-AB850458CF24.jpg.html)

...and the southbound side.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-06/C1EB5EA2-AFE9-49D3-B426-16BEB5FDDD21.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-06/C1EB5EA2-AFE9-49D3-B426-16BEB5FDDD21.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on June 29, 2014, 01:16:52 AM
The overpass has since been removed. What remains of the pier on the Northbound side...
...and the southbound side.
Which overpass was removed?  Is that Bell Road?  I notice traffic signals in the last photo, which made me think the overpass for 168.  I just went through there NB on 295 tonight but didn't get a good look since it was dark.  I noticed they now have 3 NB lanes on 295 as it diverges from 76 back onto its own alignment, under the ramp from 76 EB.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 29, 2014, 01:47:27 AM
The signal you see is on Bell Rd. It's used to meter traffic over the one available lane on the overpass over 295.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on June 29, 2014, 02:12:47 AM
Interesting - I'll need to go through here during daylight hours to check it out.  I thought about a signal for one lane, but the photo seems to show signals oriented perpendicular to the road as well - I assume for a nearby cross-street to meter turning traffic in that direction.

My favorite signals (permanent installation) for a one lane bridge are here:
https://www.google.com/maps?ll=39.534034,-74.317274&spn=0.000033,0.026157&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.533954,-74.321312&panoid=RH07myU9Dl_suxgzAomSzQ&cbp=12,157.89,,0,6.81 (https://www.google.com/maps?ll=39.534034,-74.317274&spn=0.000033,0.026157&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.533954,-74.321312&panoid=RH07myU9Dl_suxgzAomSzQ&cbp=12,157.89,,0,6.81)
This road is a great drive if you're ever in the area.  It was originally intended to be a route into Atlantic City from the north at Tuckerton, but was never completed.  Two single lane signal controlled bridges before you reach a dead-end in the middle of the bay.


Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on June 29, 2014, 11:58:34 PM
Okay, I fucked up those pictures last post. So, in a second attempt, I present to you, some more pictures of I-295 South heading onto I-76 West... (Note: I am a complete novice at this, and this is with an iPhone 5c, so please don't hate on how the quality isn't as good as others posted on the site. I am more than well aware of it. Thanks! )

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1715_zps41625045.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1716_zpsbfcd4af6.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1717_zpsea5ed4c7.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1718_zps341be01d.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1719_zps93b5d50e.jpg)

And heading back onto I-295 North from I-76 East there's this sign which I have no clue if it was there before, but heyy...

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1741_zps3e10464d.jpg)

However, for the most part, the signs are very nice looking, with the exception of a few.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 30, 2014, 06:24:36 AM

And heading back onto I-295 North from I-76 East there's this sign which I have no clue if it was there before, but heyy...

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/realphotos/IMG_1741_zps3e10464d.jpg)


Yep - that sign has been there.  Never perfectly lined up though - the arrows were generally over the skip lines, rather than the lanes.  Now that the lanes are reduced in size by about a foot, the arrows are practically over the adjoining lane!

(Quality is fine though...I use a 5c as well.  Dirty windshields affect the pics more than the phone!)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on June 30, 2014, 09:11:32 AM
I haven't noticed this before, though I come through here every day, but why is only NJ 42 given a direction at the "keep right" sign? I would think, if anything, it's I-295 that needs the direction since NJ-42 does not go north from here, while I-295, of course, does. Is it for the benefit of those who think the "42 freeway" continues to the Walt Whitman Bridge? Like those signs in Deepwater for "Turnpike South"? Those are, at least, on private property.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 30, 2014, 09:42:38 AM
The signage in the area has always been a bit lackluster.  No cardinal direction for I-76 at all, and the previous overhead signage you are referring to had a single arrow pointing left for 76 to 676, and a single arrow pointing right for 295 to 42 South, even though there were 3 lanes.  The picture that shows the temporary "76 to 676, Left 2 Lanes" BGS is probably the most accurate signage that interchange has ever had.

Traffic coming north on 295 never even had signage whatsoever letting them know they were approaching Rt. 42, since technically there was no exit for Rt. 42. Yet, if you knew to take 76 Local, the first Exit on I-76 West was signed "To Rt. 42" (for those that wanted to make a u-turn to get to 42 South).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on June 30, 2014, 10:37:26 AM
I have to say - for someone who didn't know where they were coming from (or going to for that matter), the signage really helps with the whole left exit concept that I don't see too much in New Jersey. (Note: As is clear by the picture - I wasn't driving, I only helped people get to here instead of taking surface streets because the GPS is a joke sometimes.) Most of these signs manufactured are all MUTCD compliant with the exception of a few rogue ones. Although, I have to ask, is LEFT required to be in a banner if it's in an action message (such as 76 TO 676 CAMDEN PHILADELPHIA LEFT 1 MILE)?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: roadman65 on June 30, 2014, 11:23:35 AM
I remember when there was no mention on I-295 north at the left hand express ramp to I-76.  Before NJDOT replaced all the road signs between Exits 23 & 36 back in the mid 80's, that ramp was only signed the Walt Whitman Bridge to Philadelphia with a typical NJ TOLL banner on it.  This was most likely reminisce of when I-676 crossed the Whitman and I-76 was planned into Camden and Downtown Philly and never was changed.  Plus the local lanes did use I-76 so NJDOT did not care as a stranger would eventually find it.

However, still to this day you have missing I-95 shields on the NJ Turnpike ramps, so not featuring route numbers was common back in the 80's and earlier in New Jersey in many places.  Even in NY you had no mention of I-87 back in those days on some Thruway entrance signage including the Palisdades Interstate Parkway.  The Garden State Parkway NB only sometime in the late 1990's added I-95 to the Exit 129 guide signs as it was always the "NJ Turnpike" even without shields for the NJT except at the one mile guide at New Brunswick Avenue.

Road names and bridges are more commonly used in the Northeast, so we never paid it anything when route numbers were lacking in those places back then. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 02, 2014, 05:26:14 PM
Just noticed that Google has updated Street View for the construction area. Current images are from sometime last fall.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 02, 2014, 08:11:33 PM
I remember when there was no mention on I-295 north at the left hand express ramp to I-76.  Before NJDOT replaced all the road signs between Exits 23 & 36 back in the mid 80's, that ramp was only signed the Walt Whitman Bridge to Philadelphia with a typical NJ TOLL banner on it.  This was most likely reminisce of when I-676 crossed the Whitman and I-76 was planned into Camden and Downtown Philly and never was changed.  Plus the local lanes did use I-76 so NJDOT did not care as a stranger would eventually find it.

Ah, this one took a while to remember...

Back in the 80's and before, the express/local lane division on I-76 stretched from I-295 to the Walt Whitman Bridge in both directions.  If one was on 295 North approaching I-76 and used the left Exit 26 Express ramp, they would've been on the I-76 Express lanes to the Walt Whitman Bridge with NO option of exiting in NJ, as the divider was continuous to the ramp to the bridge.  2 Express lanes and 1 local lane would access the bridge.  Thus, the sign was correct: That Exit 26 ramp had a 'Toll' banner on it because anyone using that ramp would be automatically forced onto the Walt Whitman Bridge to Philly, and had to pay a toll.   

For those on Rt. 42 North when it was 3 lanes wide, the left lane was exclusively for the Express Lanes, the right two lanes were for the local lanes.

Eventually, Rt. 42 was widened to 4 lanes, allowing the 2 left lanes access to the Express Lanes. The I-76 Express/Local lane divider was shortened to just past the US 130 ramps, so traffic on either the Express or Local lanes had full access to get to I-76's Walt Whitman Bridge or I-676 North towards Camden.  And on I-295, while the signage wasn't changed all that much, it would have lost the 'Toll' banner as those using the Exit 26 Express ramp would have had an option to exit the Express lanes (I-676).

Going the opposite direction...

For those coming off the Walt Whitman Bridge on I-76 East, you may encounter this slightly strange signage: http://goo.gl/maps/Heewk .  It's part of the configuration of the old Express/Local lane signage, updated with DRPA ugliness.

In the 80's, the Left 2 Lanes were for I-76 East Express, and would lead motorists to only Rt. 42 South or I-295 South (1 lane dedicated to each at that end point).  The right lane coming off the Whitman was for I-76 Local, which merged with I-676 South traffic and was for all exits on I-76 East.  After the Express/Local lane split was removed completely on I-76 East, for the longest while only the 'Express' and 'Local' banners were removed from the original signs, but the signs themselves remained.  The DRPA finally updated the signage, but instead of doing what would have been considered normal (mostly, a simple pull-thru sign), they created two new signs with varying degrees of information, all of which is pretty useless at this point.  It's also the first point NJ 42 is mentioned after entering NJ, even though nearly everyone calls I-76 by the local Route 42 name anyway.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 06, 2014, 06:13:09 PM
A few photos I took over the past few days:

A new bridge pier sprouting up right alongside I-295 North in the median of Rt. 42.  This pier will serve the 2 lane ramp from 295 North to 76 West.  In order to put this pier in, 295 North is tightly shifted to the left.  The right shoulder and maybe a foot or so of the former right lane of 295 was removed in order to get this pier in there.  And yes, everyone's favorite flashing left arrow was in this area.  Yes, it's gone.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295to42newramp.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295to42newramp.jpg.html)

A far shot of the replacement Bell Rd overpass over 295.  The narrow lane serves both directions. 

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd2.jpg.html)

A closer shot.  To the right at the light is a small side street.  You can't see it in this shot due to the trees and brush (although you can see it better in my June 29 posting from 295), there is a separate light cycle to serve that side street.  Roadrunner made reference to that traffic light there.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd-1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd-1.jpg.html)

Crossing the single lane overpass:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd4.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd4.jpg.html)

Exiting the single lane overpass:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd3-1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd3-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 06, 2014, 06:32:06 PM
Looking back, I may have never posted any pics from when the new lane of the Bell Rd overpass was under construction.  Here's a pic from several months ago.  If it appears the new overpass is higher, it is.  It's approximately 5 feet higher at the midpoint; a foot or two at the edge.  The new overpass has one pier in the middle, not two, and sits further back from the right shoulder as well.  295 should only be 4 lanes (maybe 5, I can't find the image showing the proposed lanes right now) under Bell Rd when reconstructed, but should be able to have full shoulders and maybe room for another lane expansion.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BellRd.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BellRd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on July 06, 2014, 10:00:18 PM
Is the flashing arrow still in place on the Aljo curve SB?  Who do I need to talk to at NJDOT to get that for my yard once they remove it?   :sombrero:
Or will the new alignments still warrant the reinstallation of the arrows?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 07, 2014, 06:25:31 AM
The SB arrow is still there.  And the new alignments better not require an arrow!  The design speeds will be higher for each of the ramps, and the mainline should have sweeping, not sharp, curves over 42/76.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 07, 2014, 01:10:30 PM
A few photos I took over the past few days:

A new bridge pier sprouting up right alongside I-295 North in the median of Rt. 42.  This pier will serve the 2 lane ramp from 295 North to 76 West.  In order to put this pier in, 295 North is tightly shifted to the left.  The right shoulder and maybe a foot or so of the former right lane of 295 was removed in order to get this pier in there.  And yes, everyone's favorite flashing left arrow was in this area.  Yes, it's gone.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295to42newramp.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295to42newramp.jpg.html)

A far shot of the replacement Bell Rd overpass over 295.  The narrow lane serves both directions. 

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd2.jpg.html)

A closer shot.  To the right at the light is a small side street.  You can't see it in this shot due to the trees and brush (although you can see it better in my June 29 posting from 295), there is a separate light cycle to serve that side street.  Roadrunner made reference to that traffic light there.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd-1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd-1.jpg.html)

Crossing the single lane overpass:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd4.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd4.jpg.html)

Exiting the single lane overpass:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/295Bellrd3-1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/295Bellrd3-1.jpg.html)

Good pictures. I see they have also cleared some land on the other side of 42S from where you show the bridge support to start on the next support for the ramp.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on July 07, 2014, 02:46:49 PM
The SB arrow is still there.  And the new alignments better not require an arrow!  The design speeds will be higher for each of the ramps, and the mainline should have sweeping, not sharp, curves over 42/76.

They should reinstall the arrows for nostalgia purposes, and if not, Jose Tejas should buy one to supplement their sign here:
https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=40.561902,-74.300542&spn=0.000004,0.002674&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=40.561901,-74.301056&panoid=4RDx83G4AOmki45XIEt-kQ&cbp=12,197.56,,0,-2.09 (https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=40.561902,-74.300542&spn=0.000004,0.002674&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=40.561901,-74.301056&panoid=4RDx83G4AOmki45XIEt-kQ&cbp=12,197.56,,0,-2.09)

Have they started any work on the 'direct connection' project linking 42 and 295 to the SW of the interchange?

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 07, 2014, 05:05:46 PM
The signs themselves are very basic technology: just a big arrow with lights on it, set to flash in a 5 stage order (dot, 2 dots, 3 dots, 4 dots, all, off, all, off, repeat). Heck, today solar panels could supply the electricity to run the LEDs!

The 'missing moves' between 295 & 42 are a separate project, set to start in 2016 I believe.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 08, 2014, 08:19:29 PM
I was just browsing through the original alternatives for this project and was surprised by this one. Did they really think this idea would have had a chance?

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hdzBPv9P2U0/U-VonAjOl7I/AAAAAAAADHQ/XQq3ROvGAQ4/w651-h566-no/AlternativeE.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on August 08, 2014, 08:26:33 PM
I was just browsing through the original alternatives for this project and was surprised by this one. Did they really think this idea would have had a chance?
This appears to be a prank by the preliminary design team.  We do stupid things with Microsoft Paint at work too...
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 09, 2014, 12:28:26 AM
I was just browsing through the original alternatives for this project and was surprised by this one. Did they really think this idea would have had a chance?

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hdzBPv9P2U0/U-VonAjOl7I/AAAAAAAADHQ/XQq3ROvGAQ4/w651-h566-no/AlternativeE.jpg)

Believe it or not, this was a required Alternative.  Since the maximum speed limit was 65 mph in the state for highways during the design phase, they were required to produce a design that would permit a 70 mph design speed...and basically this is what you see.  I forget the exact numbers, but it would've wiped out over 100 homes and businesses.  It was probably presented at an early meeting with the other designs, quickly rejected by the public and public officials, and never advanced.  I doubt NJDOT took it very seriously either - if you look carefully, you'll see the ramps seem to have been borrowed from other designs, this may have been the only design where the 42/76 'bump out' at the location of the express ramps from 295 remained, and the location of the ramp tie-in is prohibitively close to the ramps for NJ 168.

Since you brought it up, here are the other designs that NJDOT created: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/history.shtm .  Personally, I liked some of the double-decker ideas the best.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 09, 2014, 02:22:42 PM
Some random updates...

Old vs. New Overhead signage on Rt. 42 approaching Creek Rd & 295:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-2.jpg.html)

This was done before the project: NJDOT took out the traditional "Exit 14" sign and put in this modified version with the state police logos.  The State Police barracks are about 1/10th of a mile off this ramp.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-3.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-3.jpg.html)

3 shots of a new pier tower being built where the former 295 North shoulder was located above Rt. 42:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-aa.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-aa.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-ab.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-ab.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-4.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-4.jpg.html)

Land clearing and tree removal along the 295 North curve leaving 42/76:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-6.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-6.jpg.html)

Another image from about a month ago, taken across the highway:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-6a.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-6a.jpg.html)

2 images of the Bell Rd Overpass over 295 being reconstructed.  Next will be adding the bridge beams over the highway:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-7.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-7.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-8.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-8.jpg.html)

Sound Barrier removal along 295 North, approaching Exit 28 (NJ 168):

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/080914-9.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/080914-9.jpg.html)

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 09, 2014, 04:40:41 PM
Good photos! I have also added some recent photos to my blog:

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/

The scale of the excavation at the cemetery is pretty impressive.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 10, 2014, 12:42:29 AM
Yes it is. I rode back there one day but for all the work going on up there, there's very little to be seen (my grandparents are buried in there too).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 15, 2014, 03:53:01 PM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2014/081414a.shtm

Several new traffic patterns taking place.  To summarize:

I-76 EB will be split into 3 roadways; left lane, left center & right center, and right lane.  For those accessing I-295 North, they *must* be in the right lane in this area, otherwise they'll bypass the exit.  For those accessing I-295 South, they can be in any lane, although life is easier when using the left lane thru the construction zone.  For Rt. 42 South, any lane can be used, although they will need to merge out of the far left lane, which is an Exit Only lane for 295 South.

I-295 North will completely switch over to the new overpass in the median of 295 North and South.  Notice in the press release they use the street name (near the Delsea Drive exit), rather than use the interchange number or NJ Route number (NJ 47).  There's no exit anyway for NB traffic...there's only on-ramps.

And finally, the traffic alert for the new bridge beams to be added to the Bell Rd Overpass.  Note, as we've discussed in other threads, that NJDOT elects to go with stopping traffic for 15 minutes or so at a time, rather than shut the entire highway down, resulting in a more lengthy detour for everyone.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 16, 2014, 02:36:58 PM
Some pics of this weekends traffic shift:

295 north approaching 76:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/22F94DBD-612F-4C72-88DD-B19E7159C1C6.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/22F94DBD-612F-4C72-88DD-B19E7159C1C6.jpg.html)

Notice the slope here: That's not the camera. Because 295 will be curving to the left here, it's sloped for that curve. Until next summer though, traffic will have to go thru here at an unnatural angle...then quickly curve right and drop.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/2A576828-8037-4C6A-81CC-65E7712A5D0A.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/2A576828-8037-4C6A-81CC-65E7712A5D0A.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/9551574C-ACAD-4511-8B6E-4999A497067F.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/9551574C-ACAD-4511-8B6E-4999A497067F.jpg.html)

Here is the traffic pattern for the next few weeks on 76 East: From right to left (which on 76 would be left to right: Contraflow single lane which is practically empty in this photo, 2 lanes, work zone, single right lane which widens to 2 lanes as traffic merges from the US 130 South/Market St ramp.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-08/26303ACB-E2AB-4C42-B4E1-017A805096AE.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-08/26303ACB-E2AB-4C42-B4E1-017A805096AE.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 06, 2014, 01:11:56 PM
Some more pics, as of today (9/6/14):

Apparently reusing the former sound wall, they are now placing them on the vertical walls...

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/09061402.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/09061402.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/09061403.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/09061403.jpg.html)

Placing the jersey barrier-type barrier along 295 South, south of Bell Rd, approaching the exit for 76/676.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/09061408.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/09061408.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/09061404.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/09061404.jpg.html)

Bell Rd Overpass construction continues...

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/09061405.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/09061405.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on September 07, 2014, 11:52:00 PM
Just passed through tonight for the first time since initial work on Bell Rd. commenced. Not a lot of change from the perspective of I-295 travelers, though with all the work Dead Man's Curve looks nothing like it used to, NB.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 08, 2014, 10:46:09 AM
Over the weekend, the ramp from 130 South to 76/42 South was closed.  In the span of about 48-55 hours, they had to wipe out a chunk of that ramp, install the drainage piping and other underground work that they've been doing across 76 in that area for the majority of the summer, and re-install the roadbed (basically, the entire roadbed...12" plus inches of asphalt).

The detour was fairly straight forward: Go 1/4 Mile, turn left onto Market St, go straight for a mile , make a soft left onto Kings Hwy, go another 1/2 mile, turn right onto 168, and it'll lead you to 295 South, to 76/42.  The different: The ramp is a easy movement. The detour route involved several traffic lights, along with normal local traffic. 

By my estimation, the detour route was congested the entire distance, and would probably take an hour or more to travel.  Normally, to travel from 130 South to 76/42, would take a minute.

There were definitely other ways to get around the congestion which started on 130 well before the ramp; but for whatever reason people decided to follow the detour.  I guess not too many people had their GPSs help guide them around the congestion.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on September 08, 2014, 02:24:09 PM
Over the weekend, the ramp from 130 South to 76/42 South was closed.  In the span of about 48-55 hours, they had to wipe out a chunk of that ramp, install the drainage piping and other underground work that they've been doing across 76 in that area for the majority of the summer, and re-install the roadbed (basically, the entire roadbed...12" plus inches of asphalt).

The detour was fairly straight forward: Go 1/4 Mile, turn left onto Market St, go straight for a mile , make a soft left onto Kings Hwy, go another 1/2 mile, turn right onto 168, and it'll lead you to 295 South, to 76/42.  The different: The ramp is a easy movement. The detour route involved several traffic lights, along with normal local traffic. 

By my estimation, the detour route was congested the entire distance, and would probably take an hour or more to travel.  Normally, to travel from 130 South to 76/42, would take a minute.

There were definitely other ways to get around the congestion which started on 130 well before the ramp; but for whatever reason people decided to follow the detour.  I guess not too many people had their GPSs help guide them around the congestion.
I'm sure Mt. Ephraim was pleased with that detour.  For 42 south/295 north, it is what it is, and there's no other easy-to-sign direct way.  For 295 South, I hope they signed the detour as straight down 130 through Westville, if they signed it for 295 at all.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 08, 2014, 02:45:56 PM
Over the weekend, the ramp from 130 South to 76/42 South was closed.  In the span of about 48-55 hours, they had to wipe out a chunk of that ramp, install the drainage piping and other underground work that they've been doing across 76 in that area for the majority of the summer, and re-install the roadbed (basically, the entire roadbed...12" plus inches of asphalt).

The detour was fairly straight forward: Go 1/4 Mile, turn left onto Market St, go straight for a mile , make a soft left onto Kings Hwy, go another 1/2 mile, turn right onto 168, and it'll lead you to 295 South, to 76/42.  The different: The ramp is a easy movement. The detour route involved several traffic lights, along with normal local traffic. 

By my estimation, the detour route was congested the entire distance, and would probably take an hour or more to travel.  Normally, to travel from 130 South to 76/42, would take a minute.

There were definitely other ways to get around the congestion which started on 130 well before the ramp; but for whatever reason people decided to follow the detour.  I guess not too many people had their GPSs help guide them around the congestion.
For 295 South, I hope they signed the detour as straight down 130 through Westville, if they signed it for 295 at all.

It was not.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 22, 2014, 04:46:49 PM
The Bing maps aerial images (not the bird's eye) have been updated recently with more recent images of the construction area. Appears to have been taken right as the second contract started ramping up.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: lepidopteran on September 22, 2014, 07:18:29 PM
And yes, everyone's favorite flashing left arrow was in this area.
As a child, I remember seeing a giant arrow with that exact same flashing algorithm at the Freehold traffic circle, now long-gone of course.  I distinctly remember it on the inside of the circle facing the approaching traffic on NB US-9.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on September 23, 2014, 10:46:48 AM
Realignment of 295/42 connection shakes residents – literally (http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2014/09/22/realignment-connection-shakes-residents-literally/16079349/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=)
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Home sweet home has become bittersweet for Bellmawr's Barbara Ferrara and Joe Sears.

Their ranch house literally trembles from construction at their street's dead-end along Route 42. The shaking causes cracks and objects falling off walls.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 23, 2014, 03:32:37 PM
Realignment of 295/42 connection shakes residents – literally (http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2014/09/22/realignment-connection-shakes-residents-literally/16079349/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=)
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Home sweet home has become bittersweet for Bellmawr's Barbara Ferrara and Joe Sears.

Their ranch house literally trembles from construction at their street's dead-end along Route 42. The shaking causes cracks and objects falling off walls.

Second picture in the article is captioned wrong, that is Bell Road not Creek Road.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: 02 Park Ave on September 23, 2014, 10:30:56 PM
Has the advertising for bids for the Missing Movesproject been pushed back to 2017-18?  That would be a two year delay.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 24, 2014, 03:10:59 PM
Has the advertising for bids for the Missing Movesproject been pushed back to 2017-18?  That would be a two year delay.

Per NJDOT's 5 Year Capital Plan, it shows a little construction money in FY16, although most of the money is allocated in FYs 17-19.  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/capital/tcp15/sec6/njdot5year.pdf

(Note: NJDOT fiscal year runs from either July thru June, or from October thru September.  For example, FY16 would be from July, 2015 thru June, 2016).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 03, 2014, 09:08:22 PM
In what I believe is a rare instance of NJDOT using orange construction signage on a BGS, they are trying hard to inform people that at the short lane split around 168 that all lanes are thru lanes. They covered up the 1 Mile & 3/4 mile distances to get the message across...

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/C3570F94-7344-4526-B24F-68E69A20E35E.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/C3570F94-7344-4526-B24F-68E69A20E35E.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/7857DAA5-6C7B-479C-B602-75F95C8AACE5.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/7857DAA5-6C7B-479C-B602-75F95C8AACE5.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on October 03, 2014, 09:28:20 PM
In what I believe is a rare instance of NJDOT using orange construction signage on a BGS, they are trying hard to inform people that at the short lane split around 168 that all lanes are thru lanes. They covered up the 1 Mile & 3/4 mile distances to get the message across...
I don't blame them.  But no matter how hard they try people will still cut each other off at the split to get in the "right" lane.  I drive through two short construction splits on the GSP every day just south of exit 98, and see people constantly barrel over to the other lane at the last second while I'm shouting to myself "Idiot!  They all go to the same place!".  (wish I had my old CB with the PA speaker...)

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on October 03, 2014, 09:34:28 PM
The idiocy I saw when I was driving down to Camden a few months back was ridiculous. People were cutting everyone off because they thought they were going to end up where they didn't want to be. This is a good move by NJDOT, if people actually bother to read it.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: SteveG1988 on October 03, 2014, 10:54:48 PM
I drove through it in a semi, it is intersting to say the least to see it so changed in such a short period of time (been 2 years since i was able to drive through it, due to the car accident, and even then i rarely went south of camden on the western side of NJ)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 04, 2014, 11:06:03 AM
In what I believe is a rare instance of NJDOT using orange construction signage on a BGS, they are trying hard to inform people that at the short lane split around 168 that all lanes are thru lanes. They covered up the 1 Mile & 3/4 mile distances to get the message across...
I don't blame them.  But no matter how hard they try people will still cut each other off at the split to get in the "right" lane.  I drive through two short construction splits on the GSP every day just south of exit 98, and see people constantly barrel over to the other lane at the last second while I'm shouting to myself "Idiot!  They all go to the same place!".  (wish I had my old CB with the PA speaker...)


The idiocy I saw when I was driving down to Camden a few months back was ridiculous. People were cutting everyone off because they thought they were going to end up where they didn't want to be. This is a good move by NJDOT, if people actually bother to read it.

Since this traffic pattern and signage only started on Thursday, what you actually drove thru is absolutely normal for the area.  Start with a high speed roadway, add in low speed curves, left side exits, signage that doesn't provide the full details ("Left" and "Right" leaves out the middle lane), motorists that insist on staying in the wrong lane until the last minute and a 2nd interchange a 1/2 mile north of the main interchange (NJ 168), and there's a lot of quick chaotic merging that goes on.  Normally, it operates fine (as long as you are immune to all of this).  Add in a construction project where there's lane shifts, traffic pattern changes, stuff here one day and gone the next, stuff that wasn't there yesterday and now appears, then it just adds to the chaotic nature. 

As far as this specific lane split goes, yep, I've already seen the last second lane jumps.  On the Southbound side, it probably doesn't add too much to the congestion, because the congestion runs thru this area and continues into the interchange.  On the Northbound side though, it does appear to be contributing to increased delays.  Hopefully they do whatever they need to do in this stretch of roadway quickly to bring it back to normal conditions.

Interestingly enough, they're not even bothering to mill and fill in the rumble strip where the lanes divide.  So when you are shifted left or right into the shoulder, you drive right over the rumble strip.  This may actually slow traffic down even more - not a whole lot, but when you're used to the rumble strip to indicate you're leaving the travel lanes, it may be a little jarring for some to be in their proper lane, and still go over the rumble strip!

South of the interchange area on 295, there's another similar split.  The ramp lane from the 76 East to 295 South ramp is forced to stay left; the left lane of 295 coming up from Aljo Curve stays left also, and the right lane is split off to the right. Granted, traffic volumes are lighter here, but there's been no real issue of traffic congesting in this area.  Also interesting is that a 65 mph sign is posted in this area - it was covered when construction started, but sometime over last winter or spring the plastic fell off, and they've made no attempts to recover the sign!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on October 04, 2014, 04:59:09 PM
I really hope they won't have to reconstruct the Route 168 bridge over 295..again. This should not interfere with the project, though it seems like it is in the project limits.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 04, 2014, 10:01:24 PM
It's the northern point of the construction zone.  The overpass itself won't be touched.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on October 06, 2014, 08:38:00 PM

Since this traffic pattern and signage only started on Thursday, what you actually drove thru is absolutely normal for the area.  Start with a high speed roadway, add in low speed curves, left side exits, signage that doesn't provide the full details ("Left" and "Right" leaves out the middle lane), motorists that insist on staying in the wrong lane until the last minute and a 2nd interchange a 1/2 mile north of the main interchange (NJ 168), and there's a lot of quick chaotic merging that goes on.  Normally, it operates fine (as long as you are immune to all of this).  Add in a construction project where there's lane shifts, traffic pattern changes, stuff here one day and gone the next, stuff that wasn't there yesterday and now appears, then it just adds to the chaotic nature. 

As far as this specific lane split goes, yep, I've already seen the last second lane jumps.  On the Southbound side, it probably doesn't add too much to the congestion, because the congestion runs thru this area and continues into the interchange.  On the Northbound side though, it does appear to be contributing to increased delays.  Hopefully they do whatever they need to do in this stretch of roadway quickly to bring it back to normal conditions.

Interestingly enough, they're not even bothering to mill and fill in the rumble strip where the lanes divide.  So when you are shifted left or right into the shoulder, you drive right over the rumble strip.  This may actually slow traffic down even more - not a whole lot, but when you're used to the rumble strip to indicate you're leaving the travel lanes, it may be a little jarring for some to be in their proper lane, and still go over the rumble strip!

South of the interchange area on 295, there's another similar split.  The ramp lane from the 76 East to 295 South ramp is forced to stay left; the left lane of 295 coming up from Aljo Curve stays left also, and the right lane is split off to the right. Granted, traffic volumes are lighter here, but there's been no real issue of traffic congesting in this area.  Also interesting is that a 65 mph sign is posted in this area - it was covered when construction started, but sometime over last winter or spring the plastic fell off, and they've made no attempts to recover the sign!

They actually removed the rumble strips over the weekend. Glad they did, that was annoying.

One thing I have been curious about, there are small sections of Jersey barriers blocking the shoulders on 295 on either side of the road well north of Blackhorse pike. There doesn't seem to be anything behind them and they are doing any work up there. Can't figure out why they are there.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 06, 2014, 08:59:09 PM
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They actually removed the rumble strips over the weekend. Glad they did, that was annoying.

Now that you mentioned it, I didn't notice them today!

Updated...they removed them - on the SB side of the roadway. On the Northbound side, the left shoulder rumble strip remains.  They did place a 'Rough Pavement' sign before it though!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 08, 2014, 08:50:14 AM
Since I apparently hit 'modify' rather than quote', I took out my response to this question:

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One thing I have been curious about, there are small sections of Jersey barriers blocking the shoulders on 295 on either side of the road well north of Blackhorse pike. There doesn't seem to be anything behind them and they are doing any work up there. Can't figure out why they are there.

Those barriers are for installing overhead signs for the advanced BGS signage: 2 Miles Ahead, 1 Mile Ahead, and 1/2 Mile Ahead.  Some of 168's signage will move to those overhead structures as well.

Not sure if this is a standard or not, but it does appear that no new overhead BGSs will be on existing overpasses: All will be on their own support structures over the roadway, many times just before an overpass. 

As you can see, they don't appear to be in any rush to complete the work behind those barriers.  Other than the barrier blocking some of the 168 decel lane, at least it doesn't impact the travel lanes.

Some of the new structures and signage are already up on Rt. 42 North approaching I-295; on 295 North & 76 East, most of the underground work has been completed for the structures as well.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on October 08, 2014, 03:09:19 PM
Since I apparently hit 'modify' rather than quote', I took out my response to this question:

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One thing I have been curious about, there are small sections of Jersey barriers blocking the shoulders on 295 on either side of the road well north of Blackhorse pike. There doesn't seem to be anything behind them and they are doing any work up there. Can't figure out why they are there.

Those barriers are for installing overhead signs for the advanced BGS signage: 2 Miles Ahead, 1 Mile Ahead, and 1/2 Mile Ahead.  Some of 168's signage will move to those overhead structures as well.

Not sure if this is a standard or not, but it does appear that no new overhead BGSs will be on existing overpasses: All will be on their own support structures over the roadway, many times just before an overpass. 

As you can see, they don't appear to be in any rush to complete the work behind those barriers.  Other than the barrier blocking some of the 168 decel lane, at least it doesn't impact the travel lanes.

Some of the new structures and signage are already up on Rt. 42 North approaching I-295; on 295 North & 76 East, most of the underground work has been completed for the structures as well.

Ok, that explains it. I also noticed a new sign structure going up just before the Creek Road overpass on 295 N. Any reason for putting these on independent structures instead of on the bridges?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: lepidopteran on October 14, 2014, 01:54:25 PM
I also noticed a new sign structure going up just before the Creek Road overpass on 295 N. Any reason for putting these on independent structures instead of on the bridges?
There's been a tendency lately all around to put BGSs on their own gantries, rather than mount them to a bridge.  Not completely sure why; some say it's about adding extra weight to the bridge, but isn't the weight of a BGS but a fly speck compared to the 53-foot tractor-trailers most overpasses are designed to carry?  Perhaps the sign's aerodynamic effect on the bridge during high winds might be an issue.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 25, 2014, 10:00:26 PM
A few pics of the local streets around the interchange:

The new traffic light at the intersection of Edgewood Ave approaching Creek Rd (Exit 14 on Rt. 42 North).  The barrels are for an unrelated project - a new Wawa will be built at this intersection.  You can see the back of the traffic light for the 2 driveways opposite this intersection...and the back of a huge "No Turn On Red" sign!  (That must be nice to look at every day from your front window.  And does it really have to be *that* big???)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/868A65CA-E50B-4E84-9CDE-4205B174C810.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/868A65CA-E50B-4E84-9CDE-4205B174C810.jpg.html)

The traffic light on Creek Rd. at Harding Ave; mostly serving traffic to/from Rt. 42 South.  (Side note...at this intersection or the next intersection is supposed to be a Weed Factory Medical Marijuana Dispensary.)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/96EC4DC5-9FC7-4EFF-AD97-3B442167D3A5.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/96EC4DC5-9FC7-4EFF-AD97-3B442167D3A5.jpg.html)

The 295 Overpass over Essex Ave. 

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/9904A33C-4E6D-42A8-8E42-D567AEEFF1E5.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/9904A33C-4E6D-42A8-8E42-D567AEEFF1E5.jpg.html)

The gap between the new 295 NB Overpass and the older 295 SB overpass as seen from Essex Ave.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/DC28AD1F-209D-4E07-A504-BD291EA64F20.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/DC28AD1F-209D-4E07-A504-BD291EA64F20.jpg.html)

This is the work going on to the right of the 295 North lanes off of Essex Ave (if you're on 295 North, you're approaching 76).  The dirt they are building up will be the ramp for traffic going from 295 North to 76 West.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/2714F0F7-9356-4447-907B-B7AAFE8B23F9.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/2714F0F7-9356-4447-907B-B7AAFE8B23F9.jpg.html)

The Bell Rd Overpass.  The bridge itself is completed from what I can tell.  The only thing left is to complete the asphalt paving on either side of the overpass.  I would say within a month's time, the bridge will be back to handling normal two-way traffic.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/8485A9D5-35A5-4A39-B3E0-F918E9492E7B.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/8485A9D5-35A5-4A39-B3E0-F918E9492E7B.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on October 26, 2014, 12:20:29 PM
The new traffic light at the intersection of Edgewood Ave approaching Creek Rd (Exit 14 on Rt. 42 North).  The barrels are for an unrelated project - a new Wawa will be built at this intersection.  You can see the back of the traffic light for the 2 driveways opposite this intersection...and the back of a huge "No Turn On Red" sign!  (That must be nice to look at every day from your front window.  And does it really have to be *that* big???)
That's pretty funny - almost as if that was the end result of an argument someone at NJDOT/County/contractor had with the homeowner over the work.  "Let's see how you like a big sign facing your bay window!"  Even if technically warranted, there is probably a better way to handle that.  I'd take it down in a week if I was the homeowner.

Is the new Wawa supposed to take up the remainder of the block north of the State Police station (its current lot and the gas station north of it)?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 26, 2014, 04:04:01 PM
That's wouldn't surprise me if the homeowners had issues. I would be removing it too.

Yes: the original Wawa & the Lukoil were both knocked down. Unlike most of Wawa's projects, this one has been very slow. Could've been ground fuel/oil issues though that had to be taken care of first.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 31, 2014, 11:04:25 AM
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20141030_The_oldest_house_no_one_knew_about.html

Based on the reaction in my carpool, the house that no one knew about is mostly true: This house, hidden from view of the interchange because of the trees that were there, suddenly appeared as if the owners had a full-frontal view of the massive project.  However, it's actually located in the back of a cemetery and its only use may have been for storage.  While suddenly some people want to save it, according to the article and the comments it sounds like it's barely standing on its own.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 04, 2014, 06:07:28 PM
The article also says "Diocese of Camden, which is currently in litigation with the DOT over the I-295/I-76/Route 42 interchange overhaul". Any idea what this is about?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 04, 2014, 09:59:48 PM
The article also says "Diocese of Camden, which is currently in litigation with the DOT over the I-295/I-76/Route 42 interchange overhaul". Any idea what this is about?

The Diocese own the cemetery. The dispute centers around the land NJDOT needed to take: land that the cemetery may have used in the future, so we're not talking about where actual graves are located. NJDOT said the land is worth $1 million or so; the Diocese claims it's worth about $6 million. Courts have sided with the state. Diocese is appealing.

At least I believe what the fight is about. I'll try to look up some info on it tomorrow.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 15, 2014, 05:15:31 PM
A few updates...

Here's the Creek Rd Overpass and Pedestrian bridge. 

Starting here: Creek Rd is to the right; the Ped overpass is to the left.  You can see the rebar for the bridge piers in the middle.  Rt. 42 South is in the foreground. The new bridge will be wider and longer than the original, which was 2 lanes wide.  The new overpass will be 3 lanes wide (for a left turn channel from Creek Rd to Rt. 42 South) and will probably feature more shoulder room and pedestrian room.  It will also provide much greater clearance over Rt. 42.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed7.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed7.jpg.html)

Closeup of the piers:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed2.jpg.html)

Closeup of the Rt. 42 South side, where you can see how extended the overpass will be.  The ramp from I-295 South to Rt. 42 South will be meeting with Rt. 42 here.  The highway will be 6 lanes wide: Rt. 42's 4 lanes, along with the ramp's 2 lanes. The far right lane will be the exit lane for Creek Rd.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed6.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed6.jpg.html)

Looking across the future Creek Rd overpass area.  Rt. 42 North is closest to us.  The overpass on this side will be lengthened as well.  The limits on this overpass will encroach on the 2nd pic's property by a good 10 feet or so, although I would imagine some of this will be sidewalk.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed4.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed4.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed8.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed8.jpg.html)



Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 15, 2014, 05:27:08 PM
Walkway leading to the overpass on the Rt. 42 South side.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed10.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed10.jpg.html)

The Creek Rd Ped Overpass, crossing from Rt. 42 South to Rt. 42 North.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed1.jpg.html)

Walkway leading to the Ped Overpass on the Rt. 42 North side:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed9.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed9.jpg.html)

The Creek Rd Ped Overpass, crossing from Rt. 42 North to Rt. 42 South.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CreekRdPed5.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CreekRdPed5.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 15, 2014, 05:37:37 PM
The Bell Road overpass is now fully open.  Here's looking at it from the 295 North side:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BellRd2.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BellRd2.jpg.html)

Here's looking at it from the I-295 South side.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BellRd1.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BellRd1.jpg.html)

Slightly closer: 

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/BellRd3.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/BellRd3.jpg.html)

This is from the NJDOT website: The photo simulation of what the overpass would appear as from this perspective.  (Note there's no sunglare!!):


(http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/jpg/bellrevfinal700.jpg) (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/jpg/bellrevfinal700.jpg)

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 15, 2014, 06:04:55 PM
Good photos! I keep meaning to go out on the temporary pedestrian walkway to get some picture.

I noticed the other day that they are getting ready to start setting the steel for the new 295N ramp. Some very big pieces of steel where staged along 42N and a crane was in place by where the new ramp will be.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 16, 2014, 05:41:14 PM
Here is a picture of the steel beams waiting to be installed for the new 295 N ramp. I assume they will be setting a cross piece between the two concrete columns, then these pieces of steel will run from there back to the end of the new ramp.

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/-B7RriSa5uvQ/VGknjcEkazI/AAAAAAAADrg/P3skBIZJAs0/s1600/DSC00588%25255B4%25255D.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on November 16, 2014, 09:11:45 PM
Nice photos.  I'm kind of surprised NJDOT went through the trouble of doing a rendering of what the Bell Road overpass would look like from that perspective - kind of a minor element and not that much different than before for drivers on the bridge.  I'm hoping to get down that way soon to take a look at the progress.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 18, 2014, 07:40:56 PM
Thanks for capturing that photo Dan.  I was going to take a few of the curved steel pieces that are slightly in front of the ones in your pic, except 295 was jammed up from a lane closure.  I bailed at Exit 26.

Nice photos.  I'm kind of surprised NJDOT went through the trouble of doing a rendering of what the Bell Road overpass would look like from that perspective - kind of a minor element and not that much different than before for drivers on the bridge.  I'm hoping to get down that way soon to take a look at the progress.

They created several renderings of most of the affected "local" areas, which I guess were used to show the local towns how the various changes would appear.  This one indeed was minor - the bridge is a few feet higher than it was but otherwise not a big deal.  The most dramatic ones (IMO) show 295 hovering over Browning Rd. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 19, 2014, 09:51:27 AM
Thanks for capturing that photo Dan.  I was going to take a few of the curved steel pieces that are slightly in front of the ones in your pic, except 295 was jammed up from a lane closure.  I bailed at Exit 26.

Nice photos.  I'm kind of surprised NJDOT went through the trouble of doing a rendering of what the Bell Road overpass would look like from that perspective - kind of a minor element and not that much different than before for drivers on the bridge.  I'm hoping to get down that way soon to take a look at the progress.

They created several renderings of most of the affected "local" areas, which I guess were used to show the local towns how the various changes would appear.  This one indeed was minor - the bridge is a few feet higher than it was but otherwise not a big deal.  The most dramatic ones (IMO) show 295 hovering over Browning Rd.

They set the first two pieces of steel last night. They start at the end of the ramp and the other end is currently held up by temporary supports.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 19, 2014, 10:00:51 AM
I saw those beams there, but from my view on 295 I thought they were just on trucks.

Using http://511nj.org/Cameras.aspx#, select Route 42 Tour, then NJ 42 at Leaf Ave.  If the camera is facing 42 North, you may be able to see the future beams when they are installed over Rt. 42.  Currently, the camera is zoomed out, but without the leaves on the trees it gives a good view of both Rt. 42 and I-295 North in the area.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on November 20, 2014, 04:51:30 PM
Here is a very poor quality picture of the new steel beams in place.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-dw5gu3ENMqQ/VG5iNOU0rdI/AAAAAAAADsQ/HWrhEW6uV6M/w1000-h724-no/DSC00595.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 13, 2014, 09:31:16 PM
The steel for the new ramp now extends out over 42, but doesn't connect to the support in the median yet.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-OrJZe7jYf9g/VIz2Pot8eUI/AAAAAAAADuI/DWLD8A56uFM/w1000-h539-no/DSC00641.jpg)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 07, 2015, 02:40:47 PM
The steel, shown above but now completely across the NB Rt. 42 lanes, will now be placed over SB Rt. 42.  Unlike the northbound side where traffic was detoured overnight utilizing the ramp seen to the right which paralleled 42 and provided easy access back to 42 (which was I-76 West at that point), the southbound side will feature traffic stoppages of about 15 minutes when the beams are placed over the highway.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2015/010515.shtm
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on January 08, 2015, 10:27:54 AM
I just drove through there last night. There's a few beams up now and a couple staged near Creek Rd and others up around the 130 interchange. I'm surprised at how quickly that ramp has gone up.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on February 07, 2015, 08:09:37 PM
I posted some new pictures on my blog...

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 09, 2015, 12:32:22 PM
Aerial photos from NJDOT of the construction project.  Dan and I only wish we could get some of these same views!

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/photoscontract1.shtm
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on April 22, 2015, 03:26:59 PM
Aerial photos from NJDOT of the construction project.  Dan and I only wish we could get some of these same views!

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/photoscontract1.shtm

I guess we need to invest in a drone. :)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 27, 2015, 07:50:51 AM
A few of the overhead signs ready to go up on 295 North approaching the 42/76 interchange (apologies for the blurriness!). It also features the first '2 Mile Ahead' sign for the interchange. The signs themselves are new but temporary; within a few years the lane configuration will be vastly different.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/4294FEF8-C43C-4EC0-A8A6-F7C396CA479D.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/4294FEF8-C43C-4EC0-A8A6-F7C396CA479D.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/CAAA9D07-D1A6-42A7-AFF2-751B3B000839.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/CAAA9D07-D1A6-42A7-AFF2-751B3B000839.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 13, 2015, 11:05:54 PM
A few pics of the sound wall support studs and the beginning of the installation of the sound barrier panels. This is on the same overpass shown in the Nov. & Dec. pics above, and will eventually be the overpass for the 295N to 76W ramp. The first pic (taken on 295 North) was taken several days prior to the 2nd & 3rd pics (as seen from Rt 42).

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/179E4A54-5410-451F-BD7E-C992D1F91801.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/179E4A54-5410-451F-BD7E-C992D1F91801.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/031D8B5B-BF62-4685-AAA7-74FEF37E9CE6.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/031D8B5B-BF62-4685-AAA7-74FEF37E9CE6.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/14D5D6E8-90D5-4FC0-85B3-06852D5DD573.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/14D5D6E8-90D5-4FC0-85B3-06852D5DD573.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 14, 2015, 09:36:17 AM
Approximately 3 months of frequent traffic shifts to be expected north of Rt. 42 towards the area of Rt. 168...

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2015/061215b.shtm

Title: Re: I-95/Penna Turnpike Interchange
Post by: noelbotevera on June 16, 2015, 09:02:15 AM
My family are going to Atlantic City in about one week (with a stop to visit my brother's friend in New York City), and I'll be able to see the I-295/I-76/NJ-42 construction and this construction. I'll update this after my roadtrip.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 19, 2015, 11:53:29 AM
A few pics of the sound wall support studs and the beginning of the installation of the sound barrier panels. This is on the same overpass shown in the Nov. & Dec. pics above, and will eventually be the overpass for the 295N to 76W ramp. The first pic (taken on 295 North) was taken several days prior to the 2nd & 3rd pics (as seen from Rt 42).

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/179E4A54-5410-451F-BD7E-C992D1F91801.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/179E4A54-5410-451F-BD7E-C992D1F91801.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/031D8B5B-BF62-4685-AAA7-74FEF37E9CE6.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/031D8B5B-BF62-4685-AAA7-74FEF37E9CE6.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/14D5D6E8-90D5-4FC0-85B3-06852D5DD573.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/14D5D6E8-90D5-4FC0-85B3-06852D5DD573.jpg.html)

There has been a lot of progress on that new ramp and the lanes leading up to it recently. The paving is done from Creek Road all the way up to the new ramp, and the guard rails and sound barriers are going in. Doesn't look like it will be to long before this opens.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 30, 2015, 01:20:39 PM
New overhead signage. This one has a slight obstruction issue: (http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/A6C6F621-F42E-4A50-84C7-4246A86781A5.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/A6C6F621-F42E-4A50-84C7-4246A86781A5.jpg.html)

This one I'm trying to figure out if there will still be an Exit 26 & 27, or just Exit 27. 500 Feet puts it at the exit 26 ramp. The signs themselves are over to the right as traffic will be shifted to the right shortly, using the new overpasses over Rt. 42.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/2EA0C34C-CF83-4148-9E6B-C3E72E524C41.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/2EA0C34C-CF83-4148-9E6B-C3E72E524C41.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/A7EB5228-0BDE-4AFF-B6F3-47464E9E8B8A.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/A7EB5228-0BDE-4AFF-B6F3-47464E9E8B8A.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on June 30, 2015, 01:43:10 PM
Is the stroke width on the '2' and the 'L' in the first photo extremely thick or is it just a capture error? The second photo has those really tiny shields you see on I-295 approaching I-195 (or was that vice-versa?). The third sign, however, is the best of the bunch.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 30, 2015, 02:13:17 PM
I think it's just a camera/reflection issue for that first photo. Here's a shot I took the other day much closer to the sign without the tree in the way; you can see here there's no issues with the font:

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/766FE553-F902-4B8B-85FD-EC8020FFECA4.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/766FE553-F902-4B8B-85FD-EC8020FFECA4.jpg.html)

In the 2nd photo, that sign you refer to is one of the many temporary ground mounted signs; almost all of them had some sort of issue or were designed to be modified.  The Express/Local barrier was removed several months ago, but the signage was never modified.

The 3rd photo is simply a close up of the 2nd photo.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 30, 2015, 03:14:06 PM
New overhead signage. This one has a slight obstruction issue: (http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/A6C6F621-F42E-4A50-84C7-4246A86781A5.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/A6C6F621-F42E-4A50-84C7-4246A86781A5.jpg.html)

This one I'm trying to figure out if there will still be an Exit 26 & 27, or just Exit 27. 500 Feet puts it at the exit 26 ramp. The signs themselves are over to the right as traffic will be shifted to the right shortly, using the new overpasses over Rt. 42.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/2EA0C34C-CF83-4148-9E6B-C3E72E524C41.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/2EA0C34C-CF83-4148-9E6B-C3E72E524C41.jpg.html)

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/A7EB5228-0BDE-4AFF-B6F3-47464E9E8B8A.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/A7EB5228-0BDE-4AFF-B6F3-47464E9E8B8A.jpg.html)

I looks like 26 goes away in the final configuration, so there will no longer be an express exit to 76.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 30, 2015, 03:31:51 PM
I believe Exit 26 becomes the new ramp to Rt. 42 South, and Exit 27 is exclusively for 76 West.

However, what's a little confusing at this point is that all the other new overhead signage still use Exit 26 with any mention of Exit 27 until the last overhead gantry as shown above, so unless someone didn't get the memo, Exit 26 & Exit 27 remain for a while.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 01, 2015, 03:19:58 PM

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/A7EB5228-0BDE-4AFF-B6F3-47464E9E8B8A.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/A7EB5228-0BDE-4AFF-B6F3-47464E9E8B8A.jpg.html)

Any idea what is covered up on this sign?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on July 01, 2015, 03:28:09 PM
Exit Only most likely.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 01, 2015, 03:32:59 PM
"You got 499 feet to make up your mind"

(Zeffy...make up a sign with that.  :-D)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Zeffy on July 01, 2015, 06:52:18 PM
"You got 499 feet to make up your mind"

(Zeffy...make up a sign with that.  :-D)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/Signs/MakeUpYourMind_zpscxjiy5ou.png)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 01, 2015, 08:01:16 PM
"You got 499 feet to make up your mind"

(Zeffy...make up a sign with that.  :-D)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag88/Zeffyboy/Signs/MakeUpYourMind_zpscxjiy5ou.png)

Absolutely perfect!!!!!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on July 02, 2015, 10:29:21 AM
Does anyone have an idea what the exit number for the missing moves ramp from 42 North to 295 South will be? I've noticed all the new signs they're putting up on 42 North ahead of the interchange and with 55 being exit 13, Creek Rd exit 14, and 295 North exit 1B for 76 (although technically that ramp is in the 42 portion of the interchange) something's gonna have to give cause I don't think it would make much sense from a sequential standpoint to number it 1A since it falls between 13 and 14.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 02, 2015, 02:51:25 PM
Does anyone have an idea what the exit number for the missing moves ramp from 42 North to 295 South will be? I've noticed all the new signs they're putting up on 42 North ahead of the interchange and with 55 being exit 13, Creek Rd exit 14, and 295 North exit 1B for 76 (although technically that ramp is in the 42 portion of the interchange) something's gonna have to give cause I don't think it would make much sense from a sequential standpoint to number it 1A since it falls between 13 and 14.

We had debated that on here previously somewhere.  My gut feeling is that it will be 1A, to go along with I-76 Eastbound's 1A.  Remember - the actual crossing of the highways occur another 1/2 mile north, right about where I-76 begins, so I feel it should be associated with I-76's numbering system, not Rt. 42's.

For what it's worth, the current numbering system on the stretch of highway that goes from Philly to AC is full of hiccups anyway.  Coming from Atlantic City, one will encounter Exits 4 to 44, then 7 to 14, then 1B to 2.  Coming from Philadelphia, you have Exit 354, then Exits 1D - 1A, then Exits 14 - 7, then Exits 41 - 1.  And none of this includes the consideration of continuing on I-676.

If the missing move ramp is assigned 1A, motorists would encounter exit numbers in this order, if driving North on Rt. 42 towards the Ben Franklin Bridge:  ...9B, 12, 1A, 14, 1B, 1C, 1D, 2, 1, 3...

(For the record, most others didn't agree with me.)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on July 02, 2015, 03:18:53 PM
Does anyone have an idea what the exit number for the missing moves ramp from 42 North to 295 South will be? I've noticed all the new signs they're putting up on 42 North ahead of the interchange and with 55 being exit 13, Creek Rd exit 14, and 295 North exit 1B for 76 (although technically that ramp is in the 42 portion of the interchange) something's gonna have to give cause I don't think it would make much sense from a sequential standpoint to number it 1A since it falls between 13 and 14.

We had debated that on here previously somewhere.  My gut feeling is that it will be 1A, to go along with I-76 Eastbound's 1A.  Remember - the actual crossing of the highways occur another 1/2 mile north, right about where I-76 begins, so I feel it should be associated with I-76's numbering system, not Rt. 42's.

For what it's worth, the current numbering system on the stretch of highway that goes from Philly to AC is full of hiccups anyway.  Coming from Atlantic City, one will encounter Exits 4 to 44, then 7 to 14, then 1B to 2.  Coming from Philadelphia, you have Exit 354, then Exits 1D - 1A, then Exits 14 - 7, then Exits 41 - 1.  And none of this includes the consideration of continuing on I-676.

If the missing move ramp is assigned 1A, motorists would encounter exit numbers in this order, if driving North on Rt. 42 towards the Ben Franklin Bridge:  ...9B, 12, 1A, 14, 1B, 1C, 1D, 2, 1, 3...

(For the record, most others didn't agree with me.)
This is why I-295 in Delaware doesn't have exit numbers. I-76 in NJ should have followed suit, assuming we can't get a consistent set of exit numbers from 76 to 42 to ACE. If you absolutely must have exit numbers, continue from PA. There's already exit 354 in NJ. That said, at least all the current exits (sans 354) match the mile markers on their respective roads and have a logical order to them. Inserting 1A between 12 and 14 would make things worse, especially since 1A looks too much like 14 on an exit tab already.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on July 02, 2015, 03:47:22 PM
This is what happens when you have one road with 4 different designations on it. First off Exit 354 is DRPA just being stupid. They do know the state line is midspan of the bridge as they have a mile post for mile 3 heading west where two ramps merge so why would they number that exit 354 and not 3. Seriously either extend 42 up to the Walt (I know that'll never happen in a million years in Jersey) or extend 76 or better yet 676 to Deptford and renumber the exits accordingly. Having a highway change route designations within an interchange just doesn't make sense.

There's already exit 354 in NJ. That said, at least all the current exits (sans 354) match the mile markers on their respective roads and have a logical order to them.

Except 676 is still using sequential exit numbers for some bizarre reason.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on July 02, 2015, 04:35:46 PM
If only I-76 could just run through there continuously and not become Route 42….
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on July 02, 2015, 05:22:54 PM
If only I-76 could just run through there continuously and not become Route 42….

In theory, it could run to at least the ACE split in Washington Twp. The freeway portion of 42 is pretty much up to interstate standards although they'd have to get a waiver for the Browning Mill Rd overpass where 76 ends now as it falls under the 14' minimum.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on July 02, 2015, 06:23:47 PM
Except 676 is still using sequential exit numbers for some bizarre reason.
I have to wonder if those numbers actually date back to when that highway was originally planned to be part of I-76.  The Walt Whitman Bridge and the lower part of the Schuylkill Expressway (south of/below the Vine Expressway) was I-676 prior to 1973-74.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 02, 2015, 10:41:51 PM
If only I-76 could just run through there continuously and not become Route 42….

In theory, it could run to at least the ACE split in Washington Twp. The freeway portion of 42 is pretty much up to interstate standards although they'd have to get a waiver for the Browning Mill Rd overpass where 76 ends now as it falls under the 14' minimum.

That overpass will be replaced as part of the 295/76/42 interchange project.

And can we ever have a discussion about Route 42 without it drifting into "Why don't they renumber Rt. 42 as I-76?".
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 04, 2015, 02:45:21 PM
They are starting to pave what I believe will be a temporary roadway for 295 North. This is on the North/East side of the interchange, after the ramp from 42 North to 295 North. You can see the existing curve to the left with the chevrons and such. The visible overpass is traffic coming from 76 East to 295 North, which becomes the right lane for 295 North. This temp roadway will meet with this overpass on the right, thus that ramp will become the left lane of 295 North.

I think this temp roadway is being done in order for several new ramps to be constructed in the area where the curve currently exists.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/D2A5233F-C58F-469F-82CA-AACE48B89867.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/D2A5233F-C58F-469F-82CA-AACE48B89867.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 07, 2015, 01:29:24 PM
They are starting to pave what I believe will be a temporary roadway for 295 North. This is on the North/East side of the interchange, after the ramp from 42 North to 295 North. You can see the existing curve to the left with the chevrons and such. The visible overpass is traffic coming from 76 East to 295 North, which becomes the right lane for 295 North. This temp roadway will meet with this overpass on the right, thus that ramp will become the left lane of 295 North.

I think this temp roadway is being done in order for several new ramps to be constructed in the area where the curve currently exists.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/D2A5233F-C58F-469F-82CA-AACE48B89867.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/D2A5233F-C58F-469F-82CA-AACE48B89867.jpg.html)

Yes it's a temporary ramp. The new ramp from south bound 295 to southbound 42 will eventually go through the area where the north bound ramp currently is. The temp ramp will eventually go away because a new ramp will be built from 42 north bound going into the new mainline overpass.

I just noticed NJDOT posted the construction activities going on between now and December. Quite a bit happening in this time.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 15, 2015, 03:41:39 PM
Whoops...maybe?

About 2 weeks ago on 295 north of the 76/42 interchange, a new Jersey Barrier wall was poured between the RR overpass and 168.  I noticed a few days ago the barrier above the 4 or so drainage inlets in that stretch was busted out.  By this morning, nearly the entire barrier has been removed!  I'm guessing something wasn't done proper with that concrete pour!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 16, 2015, 09:40:57 AM
Whoops...maybe?

About 2 weeks ago on 295 north of the 76/42 interchange, a new Jersey Barrier wall was poured between the RR overpass and 168.  I noticed a few days ago the barrier above the 4 or so drainage inlets in that stretch was busted out.  By this morning, nearly the entire barrier has been removed!  I'm guessing something wasn't done proper with that concrete pour!

I was wondering about that! I have been on vacation for the past week, a good chunk of the barrier was there when I left, but then this morning I see it's all gone.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 23, 2015, 09:59:04 AM
Well, a milestone event occurred overnight, though even NJDOT is downplaying the significance.

The first new overpass to be used by I-295 traffic opened this morning to traffic!

On 295 North, the former overpass used by mainline traffic curving down to 76/42 was closed, and the new overpass (which will eventually be used by 295 North to 76 West traffic) is now open to all 295 Northbound traffic.  The new overpass is much wider than the old - in its final configuration it will have 2 lanes with 2 wide shoulders.

Currently, for those wanting to use Exit 26, they will left exit from the mainline about 1/2 mile prior to the interchange.  295 North will stay in the 2 right lanes (using the right lane and right shoulder area).  295 North to 76 West (Exit 26) splits off to the left and uses pavement in the median of 295.   Exit 27 (also 295 North to 76 West) remains open as well.  The only ones that should be confused are those that like to make last second lane changes...wait too long, and they'll have no option other than to be forced directly onto 76 West!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 31, 2015, 12:06:57 PM
Traffic on Creek Road will begin using the new overpass after this weekend. http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2015/073015a.shtm

This new portion of the overpass will eventually be used by traffic going West (say, from 168 to the Brooklawn Circle).  For now, the bridge will serve 2 way traffic while the remaining part of the original bridge is demolished and rebuilt.  The new overpass is about 4 feet higher than the old overpass.  Rt. 42 had a minimum clearance of 14' 3" on the NB side; 14' 5" on the SB side.

The signed detours are quite lengthy, but fit with NJDOT's policy of not detouring traffic utilizing exits prior to the closure area.  The unofficial detours thru the nearby developments will save some time for car traffic.  If truckers have knowledge of the detour, many of them would be better off using exits on I-76 (Exit 1C or 1D for US 130) or I-295 (Exit 23, US 130 or Exit 28, NJ 168), depending on their destination.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 17, 2015, 08:30:58 PM
So they did the lane shift on 295 S at Essex Ave over the weekend. The new ramp is going to take some getting used to, I found it little tricky when I did it today since it's so much steeper and has a little tighter curve then before. Fortunately it's only temporary. Doesn't look like they are wasting any time on the last section of the Essex Ave bridge, they have already started putting in the sheet pile so they can start the demolition.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 17, 2015, 10:42:04 PM
So they did the lane shift on 295 S at Essex Ave over the weekend. The new ramp is going to take some getting used to, I found it little tricky when I did it today since it's so much steeper and has a little tighter curve then before. Fortunately it's only temporary. Doesn't look like they are wasting any time on the last section of the Essex Ave bridge, they have already started putting in the sheet pile so they can start the demolition.

It is a strangely and surprisingly sharp curve.  The old one, as you came up from driving side-by-side with Rt. 42, you could approach 60 mph or faster.  Now, anything over 45 and you feel like you're going to roll the car!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 17, 2015, 10:51:12 PM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2015/I-295ramptoRoute168tobeclosedtonightandtomorrowinBellmawr.shtm

Good luck finding 168 WB on your maps.

A little surprised NJDOT even posted this. There have been many a night when the ramp was closed due to construction on 295, without any advanced notice. At least they do have the detour signs uncovered during those ramp closures.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 26, 2015, 09:42:48 AM
Since it's been a while...here's some updates on the construction:

The ramp from I-76 East to 295 North is using new pavement to the right of the existing ramp, prior to accessing the existing overpass, in order to make room for the new overpass.  Per the unusual speed limit happenings of this project, the signed limit was INCREASED to 45 mph for this ramp, rather than the 35 mph it's always been.  The new overpass will be built just slightly to the north of the existing overpass.  Temporary jersey barriers are now set up in the median, closing the left shoulder, in order to build the new bridge pier.  Work has been going on near the right shoulder of I-76 West preparing for the new endcap needed for this new overpass.

On 295 South, between 168 & 42, traffic is shifted to the left as sound barrier construction work is going on.  The new alignment actually pulls the roadway slightly in towards the median.  On the 295 mainline just after the Exit 26 split as traffic approaches the Aljo curve, they have been doing some work about 20 feet below the existing roadway; probably some sort of ground stabilizing for the new 76/42 ramps.

South of 42/76, 295 southbound traffic is shifted to the left of its former alignment, creating a hard right curve motorists need to navigate.  The remainder of the former overpass over Essex Ave has been removed, and will be replaced with another structure with a slightly different alignment and slope to account for the new overpass over 42/76.  A retaining wall is being built that stretches from near Browning Rd to Essex Ave.  The ramp from 76 East to 295 South will be the closest lane to the wall.

On 295 North approaching Rt. 42, a few new sign structures have been installed, including an odd one installed this past weekend that doesn't list destination cities for Exit 26.  Also odd...and this is probably a contractor error...there's an BGS for Exit 27 prior to Exit 26, however it's clearly an 'Exit Only' sign for Exit 26.

Traffic is using the new overpass over Rt. 42.  The former overpass is almost completely demolished, except for a short section in the median of Rt. 42.  It looks like a highway that was destroyed in a war, but with a clean looking milepost sign still sticking out from the rubble.

On 295 North, north of Rt. 42, a retaining wall is starting to be built along 295's curve which appears to be part of the 76 East to 295 North ramp.  A sound barrier has been fully constructed approaching 168, and traffic is now shifted to the right close to the barrier. 

On 42, the remainder of the former Creek Rd overpass is gone, and they are now building the rest of the new overpass.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 26, 2015, 03:03:40 PM
As for a birds-eye view of the construction area, as it so happened an 18-wheeler overturned on 295 within the interchange day.  The camera will pan over to view the traffic jam...but also allows the opportunity to see some of the work going on in the area!

http://6abc.com/traffic/overturned-tractor-trailer-jams-traffic-in-bellmawr/1051879/

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 10, 2016, 02:40:41 PM
Well, 1 of the first 2 APLs in this project is now history!  This APL:  https://goo.gl/maps/w13r5tRQ13A2 , installed just 2 years ago, was removed last weekend, along with the entire assembly.  For those that are familiar with the interchange, you know how 295 North curves away from this area to the right.  When you look at the link, you can make out what will become a new ramp to the immediate right - that will be a 3 lane curve to bypass the existing curve.  The curve meets the existing roadway right where the sign's support base is located, so the assembly had to come down. 

This is all necessary as the new 76 East to 295 North ramp will be lower than the existing ramp, reducing the clearance on the existing ramp to about 10 feet or thereabouts!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on February 10, 2016, 03:24:06 PM
Well, 1 of the first 2 APLs in this project is now history!  This APL:  https://goo.gl/maps/w13r5tRQ13A2 , installed just 2 years ago, was removed last weekend, along with the entire assembly.  For those that are familiar with the interchange, you know how 295 North curves away from this area to the right.  When you look at the link, you can make out what will become a new ramp to the immediate right - that will be a 3 lane curve to bypass the existing curve.  The curve meets the existing roadway right where the sign's support base is located, so the assembly had to come down. 

This is all necessary as the new 76 East to 295 North ramp will be lower than the existing ramp, reducing the clearance on the existing ramp to about 10 feet or thereabouts!

I take it they don't want large trucks going east/south of Bellmawr huh.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 10, 2016, 03:55:35 PM
Well, 1 of the first 2 APLs in this project is now history!  This APL:  https://goo.gl/maps/w13r5tRQ13A2 , installed just 2 years ago, was removed last weekend, along with the entire assembly.  For those that are familiar with the interchange, you know how 295 North curves away from this area to the right.  When you look at the link, you can make out what will become a new ramp to the immediate right - that will be a 3 lane curve to bypass the existing curve.  The curve meets the existing roadway right where the sign's support base is located, so the assembly had to come down. 

This is all necessary as the new 76 East to 295 North ramp will be lower than the existing ramp, reducing the clearance on the existing ramp to about 10 feet or thereabouts!

I take it they don't want large trucks going east/south of Bellmawr huh.

That would disappoint a lot of businesses in South Jersey!!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on April 19, 2016, 07:08:44 PM
Here are some pictures of the new sign structure on 295 between Bell Road and Black Horse Pike. Sorry for the poor quality of the north bound one, it was taken into the sun as you can see.

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Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 01, 2016, 03:03:12 PM
Glancing around NJDOT's webpage for the project, the work is going slower than predicted (not quite a surprise from what I can see).  Originally schedule to be completed in 2021, the project is now supposed to wrap up in 2023!

Phase 3 should've been put out to bid by now.  Now the timeline appears to put it out to bid in 'Winter 2016', which includes early 2017.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 08, 2016, 02:42:01 PM
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2016/070816.shtm

Variable message signs announcing this have been up since last week.

Current appearance of the new ramp, leading over a temp overpass over a stream as one approaches the Aljo curve on the other side.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/0627161651_HDR.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/0627161651_HDR.jpg.html)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 09, 2016, 03:12:14 PM
The ramp opened last night. Not sure if it really should be called a ramp since at the moment it is just a bypass while they build the next section of the ramp. It's going to be interesting to see how this works out during rush hour. They did put rumble strips on the ramp to get people to keep the speed down but it probably won't be much worse then the current slow down into the Al-Jo curve.

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Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 09, 2016, 04:34:55 PM
Here's some amateur video of the new ramp by yours truly. In the left lane, an odd pavement layer makes a loud high-pitched sound that you can slightly hear on the upslope. The right lane does not make this same sound.

The lanes split about 1/4 mile before their prior split, and advanced signage does not reflect the change.  There was quite a bit of traffic that appeared to miss it, and was stacked up taking the I-76, 1C exit, which allows traffic to return to 295 or 42. 

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on July 11, 2016, 01:09:14 AM
The ramp opened last night. Not sure if it really should be called a ramp since at the moment it is just a bypass while they build the next section of the ramp. It's going to be interesting to see how this works out during rush hour. They did put rumble strips on the ramp to get people to keep the speed down but it probably won't be much worse then the current slow down into the Al-Jo curve.
So is the entirety of that ramp part of the future "Ramp C" in the project map (Selected Alternative D here:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf) )

It looks fairly permanent for most of the length, although it would seem that the ramp should swing further to the left while it's still on the upgrade to the split to Ramp B (to I-76), rather than its current alignment directly toward the underpass into the Al-Jo curve.  What exactly is the plan here with that ramp?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 11, 2016, 02:01:52 PM
The ramp opened last night. Not sure if it really should be called a ramp since at the moment it is just a bypass while they build the next section of the ramp. It's going to be interesting to see how this works out during rush hour. They did put rumble strips on the ramp to get people to keep the speed down but it probably won't be much worse then the current slow down into the Al-Jo curve.
So is the entirety of that ramp part of the future "Ramp C" in the project map (Selected Alternative D here:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf) )

It looks fairly permanent for most of the length, although it would seem that the ramp should swing further to the left while it's still on the upgrade to the split to Ramp B (to I-76), rather than its current alignment directly toward the underpass into the Al-Jo curve.  What exactly is the plan here with that ramp?


The upslope of the ramp, where the sound barrier to the right is located in my video, is permanent. The downslope, including the overpass (which on the video is paved with asphalt, with a small section of concrete before and after) is temporary. 

Using the project map, you'll notice overpasses are marked in red. There's no red on this ramp, leading me to further believe the downslope and overpass are temporary.

I think this was all done so they could work in the middle, including that swing to the left that couldn't be constructed with existing 295 in the way.  The Aljo curve won't disappear entirely until Contract #4, sometime around 2022 or 2023 (ugh).  While 295 South should be shifted onto the new overpass over I-295 later this decade, the ramp from 295 South to 42 South will continue to use the Aljo curve into next decade.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on July 11, 2016, 07:48:23 PM
The ramp opened last night. Not sure if it really should be called a ramp since at the moment it is just a bypass while they build the next section of the ramp. It's going to be interesting to see how this works out during rush hour. They did put rumble strips on the ramp to get people to keep the speed down but it probably won't be much worse then the current slow down into the Al-Jo curve.
So is the entirety of that ramp part of the future "Ramp C" in the project map (Selected Alternative D here:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf) )

It looks fairly permanent for most of the length, although it would seem that the ramp should swing further to the left while it's still on the upgrade to the split to Ramp B (to I-76), rather than its current alignment directly toward the underpass into the Al-Jo curve.  What exactly is the plan here with that ramp?


The upslope of the ramp, where the sound barrier to the right is located in my video, is permanent. The downslope, including the overpass (which on the video is paved with asphalt, with a small section of concrete before and after) is temporary. 

Using the project map, you'll notice overpasses are marked in red. There's no red on this ramp, leading me to further believe the downslope and overpass are temporary.

I think this was all done so they could work in the middle, including that swing to the left that couldn't be constructed with existing 295 in the way.  The Aljo curve won't disappear entirely until Contract #4, sometime around 2022 or 2023 (ugh).  While 295 South should be shifted onto the new overpass over I-295 later this decade, the ramp from 295 South to 42 South will continue to use the Aljo curve into next decade.
It seems like they went through a lot more trouble than needed to make this temporary section more permanent, including the lighting.  I assume the short overpass section is for the creek, or is that further down where it meets grade and the original alignment into the curve?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 11, 2016, 08:16:44 PM
The ramp opened last night. Not sure if it really should be called a ramp since at the moment it is just a bypass while they build the next section of the ramp. It's going to be interesting to see how this works out during rush hour. They did put rumble strips on the ramp to get people to keep the speed down but it probably won't be much worse then the current slow down into the Al-Jo curve.
So is the entirety of that ramp part of the future "Ramp C" in the project map (Selected Alternative D here:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf) )

It looks fairly permanent for most of the length, although it would seem that the ramp should swing further to the left while it's still on the upgrade to the split to Ramp B (to I-76), rather than its current alignment directly toward the underpass into the Al-Jo curve.  What exactly is the plan here with that ramp?


The upslope of the ramp, where the sound barrier to the right is located in my video, is permanent. The downslope, including the overpass (which on the video is paved with asphalt, with a small section of concrete before and after) is temporary. 

Using the project map, you'll notice overpasses are marked in red. There's no red on this ramp, leading me to further believe the downslope and overpass are temporary.

I think this was all done so they could work in the middle, including that swing to the left that couldn't be constructed with existing 295 in the way.  The Aljo curve won't disappear entirely until Contract #4, sometime around 2022 or 2023 (ugh).  While 295 South should be shifted onto the new overpass over I-295 later this decade, the ramp from 295 South to 42 South will continue to use the Aljo curve into next decade.
It seems like they went through a lot more trouble than needed to make this temporary section more permanent, including the lighting.  I assume the short overpass section is for the creek, or is that further down where it meets grade and the original alignment into the curve?


They are spending a LOT of money on temporary structures and other things for this project.  Numerous BGSs - nicer ones than permanent ones you find elsewhere - are only to be in use for a few years.  Many roadways in this project has been paved over at least once; in some cases twice, maybe to hide the numerous line changes that had to be put down.  They divided up the project into 4 contracts to spread out the costs and help maintain traffic flow (as it is, it's one of the few projects you'll come across where the net number of lanes *increased* in a construction zone).  But, bridges like this one are a fairly significant cost to the overall project, and won't be in use more than 8 years (and that's due to delays...originally it wouldn't have lasted 5 years! 

There is a creek below, which until this overpass was built had a small culvert...it should show up in this GSV: https://goo.gl/maps/f7n4URWCvkM2 .  Maybe this bridge was necessary to span it, but for most motorists it looks like it's a bridge over nothing.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: lepidopteran on July 12, 2016, 02:21:15 PM
They are spending a LOT of money on temporary structures and other things for this project. 
The temporary overpasses being built -- are these the typical "permanent" design, complete with concrete piers and a structural steel bridge deck?  Or are these the standard temporary bridges, such as the "Bailey bridge" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_bridge) with prefabricated truss sides.  Some temporary bridges use a style of pier made up of steel I-beams braced together in a manner reminiscent of some older railroad trestles.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 12, 2016, 02:53:57 PM
They are spending a LOT of money on temporary structures and other things for this project. 
The temporary overpasses being built -- are these the typical "permanent" design, complete with concrete piers and a structural steel bridge deck?  Or are these the standard temporary bridges, such as the "Bailey bridge" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_bridge) with prefabricated truss sides.  Some temporary bridges use a style of pier made up of steel I-beams braced together in a manner reminiscent of some older railroad trestles.

Closer to the first guess.  Concrete abutment wall on either side with a precast concrete bridge deck, about 8 panels.  Appearance-wise, sliding those bridge deck pieces in went very fast, only took slightly over 24 hours.  The rest of this portion of the project has taken months!


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Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: J Route Z on July 13, 2016, 07:47:52 PM
The project now says it will be completed in 2024:
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2016/070816.shtm
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 16, 2016, 08:46:26 PM
The ramp opened last night. Not sure if it really should be called a ramp since at the moment it is just a bypass while they build the next section of the ramp. It's going to be interesting to see how this works out during rush hour. They did put rumble strips on the ramp to get people to keep the speed down but it probably won't be much worse then the current slow down into the Al-Jo curve.
So is the entirety of that ramp part of the future "Ramp C" in the project map (Selected Alternative D here:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf) )

It looks fairly permanent for most of the length, although it would seem that the ramp should swing further to the left while it's still on the upgrade to the split to Ramp B (to I-76), rather than its current alignment directly toward the underpass into the Al-Jo curve.  What exactly is the plan here with that ramp?


The upslope of the ramp, where the sound barrier to the right is located in my video, is permanent. The downslope, including the overpass (which on the video is paved with asphalt, with a small section of concrete before and after) is temporary. 

Using the project map, you'll notice overpasses are marked in red. There's no red on this ramp, leading me to further believe the downslope and overpass are temporary.

I think this was all done so they could work in the middle, including that swing to the left that couldn't be constructed with existing 295 in the way.  The Aljo curve won't disappear entirely until Contract #4, sometime around 2022 or 2023 (ugh).  While 295 South should be shifted onto the new overpass over I-295 later this decade, the ramp from 295 South to 42 South will continue to use the Aljo curve into next decade.

I am wondering if the swing to the left will be built as an overpass so that the old path to the Al-Jo curve can be restored until it is no longer needed, of this new bypass ramp will remain until the curve is eliminated? This ramp is definitely one of the more complex parts of this project, each of the four contracts is doing part of it. The really interesting part is where it is going to go under 76.

Here is a picture of one of the concrete beams used for the temporary bridge, it's a pretty impressive piece of work. This was parked in the dirt along the Al-Jo curve and I passed it one day right after we had a really bad rain. The truck was sunk pretty badly into the mud and it looked like it was going to be quite an operation to get it out.

The new traffic pattern doesn't seem to be making the backup any worse along there, at least not when I pass through there, but people are still jumping over at the last minute and the barriers make for much less room for error when people do this.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Im-RNXeiq8s/V0GqC1g61vI/AAAAAAAALKs/B8VH1P1Mujo/DSC01594_thumb%25255B4%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: SteveG1988 on July 31, 2016, 07:13:42 PM
Wouldn't suprise me if all the temporary bits can be removed and used elsewhere.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 04, 2016, 10:29:12 AM
Well, it appears Contract 1 (of 4) is wrapping up!

Contract 1 consisted of replacing the Bell Rd overpass over I-295 (completed last year), replacing the Essex Ave overpass over 295 (recently completed), and replacing Creek Rd over Rt. 42 (completed this week).  I-76 was slightly lowered near US 130; a temporary jersey barrier from this work remains in place as contra-flow lanes will be used again in Contract 4.  And the new ramp which will eventually be for the 295 North to 76 West movement has been open for all 295 North traffic for about a year as well.

295 South below Rt. 42 is on its new alignment; which swings it in slightly into the median.  They even reposted the 65 mph limit signs, although strangely they were put up last week, covered on Monday, and uncovered on Wednesday (not that they were overly concerned about the work zone limit...the one 45 mph sign is well off the roadway behind some trees).  If you want to go on the technical nature of signage, a short stretch that was permanently 35 mph pre-construction is now 65 mph!

Temporary work, such as 295 South north of 42/76 that was put on a new alignment and the ramp from 42 North to 295 North, will be removed and finished in later contracts.

A new 'Begin 42 South' sign was posted where the 295 South ramp to 42 South is located; this is technically about 700 feet south of its actual 'begin' location, which is under Browning Rd.

Just about all the work going on right now is related to Contract 2 which has another year or so left; Contract 3 should be going out to bid this fall and work beginning by winter.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 11, 2016, 04:44:28 PM
I noticed this along 295 South just below 42. Why does this happen?

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Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 11, 2016, 05:32:25 PM
The sign remover guy keeps calling out sick.

And since they're double sided, there's actually SIX mp signs in this location!  A few other locations are similiar, and numerous other locations have double mp signs.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: noelbotevera on August 12, 2016, 08:28:23 AM
The sign remover guy keeps calling out sick.

And since they're double sided, there's actually SIX mp signs in this location!  A few other locations are similiar, and numerous other locations have double mp signs.
They really want you to know that this is mile 26. It will always be mile 26.

The fact that it's double sided is strange. Double sided mileposts are usually posted on the median barrier, unless I-295 switches sides through the interchange.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 12, 2016, 09:08:28 AM
The new, preferred way of doing it, at least in NJ, is to only use mileposts every 2/10th of a mile, but have them double sided so that no matter where you're at, you can see them.  When you're travelling along, those mileposts appear every few seconds.  But when you're broken down on the side of the road, you can be 500 feet away from one...approaching the length of 2 football fields, and they are very hard to even find, much less read, at that point.

In very busy areas such as this interchange, it appears they are still signing the mileposts every 1/10th of a mile, and double siding them.  That reduces the distance you have to look for one to only 250 feet max.  It's still a significant distance standing on the side of the road, but a lot easier to see.

If there's one thing New Jersey does pretty well, it's using mileposts.  They may not always stay up (it's amazing how often they get hit), but of everything they do, they tend to be good at installing these reference markers as frequently as possible.  Around the 295/73 interchange, it appears they had some sort of testing area going on with various mileposts, colors, and sizes, including on the ramps themselves. 

The biggest question here is why they keep putting up new signs (and why they don't take down the old ones!).  The 2 larger signs are a product of the current construction going on, with I believe the most recent version using the large N/S/E/W in the cardinal direction.  The smaller of the signs was part of a larger regional project to install the enhanced mileposts with direction and route number.  Other than bigger is better, they are all fairly new and easily readable.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on August 12, 2016, 10:05:49 AM
The new, preferred way of doing it, at least in NJ, is to only use mileposts every 2/10th of a mile, but have them double sided so that no matter where you're at, you can see them.  When you're travelling along, those mileposts appear every few seconds.  But when you're broken down on the side of the road, you can be 500 feet away from one...approaching the length of 2 football fields, and they are very hard to even find, much less read, at that point.

In very busy areas such as this interchange, it appears they are still signing the mileposts every 1/10th of a mile, and double siding them.  That reduces the distance you have to look for one to only 250 feet max.  It's still a significant distance standing on the side of the road, but a lot easier to see.

If there's one thing New Jersey does pretty well, it's using mileposts.  They may not always stay up (it's amazing how often they get hit), but of everything they do, they tend to be good at installing these reference markers as frequently as possible.  Around the 295/73 interchange, it appears they had some sort of testing area going on with various mileposts, colors, and sizes, including on the ramps themselves. 

The biggest question here is why they keep putting up new signs (and why they don't take down the old ones!).  The 2 larger signs are a product of the current construction going on, with I believe the most recent version using the large N/S/E/W in the cardinal direction.  The smaller of the signs was part of a larger regional project to install the enhanced mileposts with direction and route number.  Other than bigger is better, they are all fairly new and easily readable.

76 is littered with them from Bellmawr to the Walt now. The new ones omit the now needless 76L shields that were on the older ones but still looks sloppy.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: epzik8 on August 12, 2016, 11:40:28 AM
I noticed this along 295 South just below 42. Why does this happen?

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This belongs in the Department of Redundancy Department thread.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 13, 2016, 08:04:35 AM
I noticed this along 295 South just below 42. Why does this happen?

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This belongs in the Department of Redundancy Department thread.

Redundancy Department of Redundancy Department of Redundancy, to be exact.

So...this is what I figured out.  The original (small) sign is a NJDOT regular install sign when they first used the enhanced milemarkers which are at least 5 years old. They used these in very highly travelled sections of highway, and they exist every 1/10th of a mile.  The 2nd sign, which is the tall sign you see in full, was installed by the construction contractors.  The 3rd generation, with the Larger S, is part of that new NJDOT milepost signing project I mentioned above.  Other than in very specific areas (such as around this interchange), they are signed every 2/10th's of a mile.  I've seen these installed on 195 so far as well.

Within the interchange, they have a LOT of milepost signage, probably to help motorists tell 911 dispatchers exactly where an incident is. Every ramp is pretty well signed as well, with reference info specific to those ramps. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: PHLBOS on August 16, 2016, 02:48:32 PM
IMHO, the 2nd-generation mile marker is the best looking of the three.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 23, 2016, 03:20:23 PM
A significant change will be occurring this weekend...

I-295 North, after it comes down alongside Rt. 42, will quickly turn to the right just after it passes under Browning Road.  Previously, 295 North went under the 76 East to 295 North ramp, and the ramp met 295 North on the right.  Now, for the next few years, 295 will curve up earlier, and that ramp will meet 295 on the left.

The temporary roadway is necessary because of the new 76 East to 295 North ramp.  The steel beams will be too low over the existing roadway for 295 traffic (especially trucks) to get underneath it.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 24, 2016, 07:51:59 PM
A significant change will be occurring this weekend...

I-295 North, after it comes down alongside Rt. 42, will quickly turn to the right just after it passes under Browning Road.  Previously, 295 North went under the 76 East to 295 North ramp, and the ramp met 295 North on the right.  Now, for the next few years, 295 will curve up earlier, and that ramp will meet 295 on the left.

The temporary roadway is necessary because of the new 76 East to 295 North ramp.  The steel beams will be too low over the existing roadway for 295 traffic (especially trucks) to get underneath it.

This ramp opened this morning. I actually like it since I generally need to be in the right lane anyway so now I don't need to cross over traffic. The ramp also has less of a curve then the existing one. The one thing I am curious about is how they will finish the retaining wall along there now that this ramp is open.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 24, 2016, 09:58:53 PM
A significant change will be occurring this weekend...

I-295 North, after it comes down alongside Rt. 42, will quickly turn to the right just after it passes under Browning Road.  Previously, 295 North went under the 76 East to 295 North ramp, and the ramp met 295 North on the right.  Now, for the next few years, 295 will curve up earlier, and that ramp will meet 295 on the left.

The temporary roadway is necessary because of the new 76 East to 295 North ramp.  The steel beams will be too low over the existing roadway for 295 traffic (especially trucks) to get underneath it.

This ramp opened this morning. I actually like it since I generally need to be in the right lane anyway so now I don't need to cross over traffic. The ramp also has less of a curve then the existing one. The one thing I am curious about is how they will finish the retaining wall along there now that this ramp is open.

One thing I didn't like is that the three I-295 lanes eventually merge into one lane via two separate right-lane-ends merge-overs, whereas the 76 East to 295 North 2 lane ramp retains its 2 lanes.  While it's not uncommon for people to merge over anyway, it creates one of those unfortunate situations where traffic on the mainline is forced to merge over.

It would be better if the allowed 2 lanes of 295 to continue, and have the left lane of the 76 to 295 ramp traffic be the lane that ends.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 28, 2016, 05:47:48 PM
Bid for the 3rd contract has been posted...

https://www.bidx.com/nj/proposal?contid=16126
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 09, 2016, 01:17:30 PM
Looking up various info regarding Contract 3 of this project, it's interesting to see references to the timeline of the history of the roadway.  Many of the as-built plans make reference to Route 80 S and Route 108 (that one I had to look up, and found on Alps' websites that it appears to have been a state route number given to what would be I-295).  In typical NJ fashion, rarely (but not never) do they reference Interstates as Interstates, and prefer just to call everything 'Route'. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: sparker on November 09, 2016, 08:13:55 PM
In typical NJ fashion, rarely (but not never) do they reference Interstates as Interstates, and prefer just to call everything 'Route'. 

Caltrans does the same thing with their legislative definitions of the various routes within the states -- with no delineation of route type.  Interesting reference to "80S", which hasn't been a relevant routing since the beginning of 1964, when I-76 was first commissioned.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: SteveG1988 on November 10, 2016, 11:59:59 AM
 just say 295, or route 130, or route 70. Since no state route, US route, or interstate has a identical number in the state, it works.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 21, 2016, 08:08:03 AM
Bids finally were received for Contract 3 (of 4) of the construction project, after about a 2 month delay with questions, revisions and amendments.  I also think a few aspects of Contract 2 were moved to Contract 3 due to staging issues. 

The estimated cost of the contract was to be about $230 million.  All 4 bids came in a bit lower, with the apparent winning bid coming in at about $192 million. 

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/12-20-2016.pdf

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Looking thru some of the plans that were made available publically, I took notice of "W3-3, Signal Ahead"...on 295 North!

Apparently for some phases of the construction when they are building the 295 mainline overpass, they'll use traffic lights at the point where temporary 295 North and the 76E to 295N ramp meet to stop traffic for construction activities, as the 295 mainline is constructed over the ramp.  I would guess they would only use this at night...probably in a fashion similar to how lights are used at drawbridges. 

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 19, 2017, 03:32:24 PM
Contract 3 has been awarded to the lowest bidder.  Construction generally starts a few months after the bid has been awarded.  In this case, construction of specific segments will also depend on site availability based on Contract 1 (which should be finishing up, if it hasn't already) and Contract 2 (which will be ongoing for a while).

Significant construction and changes during Contract 3 will include building the 295 mainline over 42/76 & Browning Road, after which 295 South will open.  The ramp from 42 North to 295 North will be built & open.  Browning Road will be reconstructed as a longer and higher overpass over 42/76 and under 295.  And several homes will be demolished along 295 South and homeowners will be relocated (not sure exactly how that process works).

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/contract3presentation.pdf
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on January 30, 2017, 09:21:52 AM
It looks like there was a small reconfiguration on I-295 NB between Exit 26 and 28. The rightmost of the two through lanes entering that area is now an Exit Only lane for Exit 28. Previously the lane ended short of that exit. The lane entering from NJ 42 still ends, though. This doesn't affect thru traffic on 295 directly, but may relieve some traffic jams as those headed for Exit 28 no longer need to merge (assuming motorists know this).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on February 06, 2017, 08:40:00 PM
The new ramp from 295 South to 76 West opened over the weekend. All three lanes going south on 295 now go onto the new ramp built right before the Al-Jo curve. The road then expands to four lanes, the left two going to 76 West and the right two continuing onto the Al-Jo curve as before.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D3ZqfnwvVpk/WJkktiAGxrI/AAAAAAAAOvE/CqNAjQQyKog/DSC01976_thumb%25255B3%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800)

More pictures here:
http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2017/02/february-2017.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: 02 Park Ave on February 06, 2017, 10:21:51 PM
Has a costruction start date been published for the "Missing Moves" project?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 06, 2017, 10:45:10 PM
Has a costruction start date been published for the "Missing Moves" project?

In the 6 month forecast for projects going out to bid, it doesn't appear in the current report thru May.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/PlannedAdv/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 15, 2017, 12:26:26 PM
Came across this article, http://www.enr.com/articles/41314-south-jerseys-big-road-fix-rivals-ones-up-north which appears to be mostly related to North Jersey news, regarding the 295/76/42 project.  It's actually a good, well written story with updated info.

It does state the Missing Moves between 295 and 42 won't be until 2019...although the latest info I've seen still puts it in 2017.  That project has had a long history of being delayed though.

Also noteworthy: The historic (or not) house seen around the 295 North curve in the old cemetery now has a blue tarp on its roof.  The tarp doesn't appear to be in that great of condition, although I don't recall seeing it up there all that long.  For a house some preservationist want to save, I can't see that being a good sign as to the condition of the house.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 03, 2017, 11:09:47 AM
Well, this is going to be interesting...

There was an old, maybe historic house at the 295/76/42 construction site at the cemetery, up the hill where 295 North swings away from 76/42  The house was a source of debate whether it was historic or not, and if it should remain or be moved.

Like I said…there ‘was’ a house there.  Apparently, and possibly during the night, it was demolished!

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/In-shock-move-Revolutionary-War-landmark-in-South-Jersey-razed.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on March 03, 2017, 05:52:01 PM
Well, this is going to be interesting...

There was an old, maybe historic house at the 295/76/42 construction site at the cemetery, up the hill where 295 North swings away from 76/42  The house was a source of debate whether it was historic or not, and if it should remain or be moved.

Like I said…there ‘was’ a house there.  Apparently, and possibly during the night, it was demolished!

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/In-shock-move-Revolutionary-War-landmark-in-South-Jersey-razed.html

“I would say this is probably the most irresponsible and despicable action by any government agency I’ve ever witnessed in my life," he said.

Uh... huh. I'm less inclined to take your side now, Perks. As noted, the house has been significantly altered over the years, so just because it was once a house a few hundred years ago doesn't mean it retains historic character. The NJDOT acted within their rights.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on March 05, 2017, 12:48:37 PM
Well, this is going to be interesting...

There was an old, maybe historic house at the 295/76/42 construction site at the cemetery, up the hill where 295 North swings away from 76/42  The house was a source of debate whether it was historic or not, and if it should remain or be moved.

Like I said…there ‘was’ a house there.  Apparently, and possibly during the night, it was demolished!

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/In-shock-move-Revolutionary-War-landmark-in-South-Jersey-razed.html

“I would say this is probably the most irresponsible and despicable action by any government agency I’ve ever witnessed in my life," he said.

Uh... huh. I'm less inclined to take your side now, Perks. As noted, the house has been significantly altered over the years, so just because it was once a house a few hundred years ago doesn't mean it retains historic character. The NJDOT acted within their rights.

As much as I would like to see historic buildings saved, I can understand the DOT's frustration as they (and every other DOT) are constantly thwarted at every turn by historic preservationists, environmentalists, NIMBYs, etc.  Everything takes forever in this state as there is always some attorney hauling you into court or some state agency (I'm looking at you DEP) falling over themselves to find a way to derail your project.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on March 15, 2017, 11:23:10 AM
There was another semi-recent traffic pattern change. Southbound on 295, I-76 is now accessible only from the left lane which then expands to two lanes at the point of the exit. In other words it's now a standard left exit rather than a 50/50 split. Northbound, the right thru lane on 295 once again ends short of Exit 28 instead of being an exit only lane like it has been since the last re-alignment. I assume the underlying reason is some sort of re-alignment on I-76 or ramps involving such, but I only deal with the I-295 and NJ 42 portion of the interchange regularly, so I don't know what's going on there.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 15, 2017, 12:01:12 PM
There was another semi-recent traffic pattern change. Southbound on 295, I-76 is now accessible only from the left lane which then expands to two lanes at the point of the exit. In other words it's now a standard left exit rather than a 50/50 split. Northbound, the right thru lane on 295 once again ends short of Exit 28 instead of being an exit only lane like it has been since the last re-alignment. I assume the underlying reason is some sort of re-alignment on I-76 or ramps involving such, but I only deal with the I-295 and NJ 42 portion of the interchange regularly, so I don't know what's going on there.

That was quite an unusual change from what was historically here.  I like it though!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on March 21, 2017, 10:17:52 AM
There was another semi-recent traffic pattern change. Southbound on 295, I-76 is now accessible only from the left lane which then expands to two lanes at the point of the exit. In other words it's now a standard left exit rather than a 50/50 split. Northbound, the right thru lane on 295 once again ends short of Exit 28 instead of being an exit only lane like it has been since the last re-alignment. I assume the underlying reason is some sort of re-alignment on I-76 or ramps involving such, but I only deal with the I-295 and NJ 42 portion of the interchange regularly, so I don't know what's going on there.

Most of the work in that area up to this point has been about opening up enough room between the North and South bound 295 lanes to start building the new mainline that will connect the two portions of 295. The ramp to I-76 W that is there now is the permanent new ramp, but when everything is done the ramp to 42 will split off that new ramp, go under 76 and connect on the other side. So when it's done the 76 traffic will stay right and 42 S traffic will stay left.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on March 21, 2017, 03:29:35 PM
There was another semi-recent traffic pattern change. Southbound on 295, I-76 is now accessible only from the left lane which then expands to two lanes at the point of the exit. In other words it's now a standard left exit rather than a 50/50 split. Northbound, the right thru lane on 295 once again ends short of Exit 28 instead of being an exit only lane like it has been since the last re-alignment. I assume the underlying reason is some sort of re-alignment on I-76 or ramps involving such, but I only deal with the I-295 and NJ 42 portion of the interchange regularly, so I don't know what's going on there.

Most of the work in that area up to this point has been about opening up enough room between the North and South bound 295 lanes to start building the new mainline that will connect the two portions of 295. The ramp to I-76 W that is there now is the permanent new ramp, but when everything is done the ramp to 42 will split off that new ramp, go under 76 and connect on the other side. So when it's done the 76 traffic will stay right and 42 S traffic will stay left.
I'm not sure I like that. The I-76 exit is a bottleneck during the morning commute, so sharing a two-lane ramp between I-76 and NJ 42 traffic will require NJ 42 traffic to participate in this bottleneck. Currently NJ 42 traffic shares two lanes with thru I-295 South traffic which is considerably lighter.

Also, why should the I-76 exit be a left exit when I-76 West is to the right of I-295 South?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 21, 2017, 08:12:14 PM
There was another semi-recent traffic pattern change. Southbound on 295, I-76 is now accessible only from the left lane which then expands to two lanes at the point of the exit. In other words it's now a standard left exit rather than a 50/50 split. Northbound, the right thru lane on 295 once again ends short of Exit 28 instead of being an exit only lane like it has been since the last re-alignment. I assume the underlying reason is some sort of re-alignment on I-76 or ramps involving such, but I only deal with the I-295 and NJ 42 portion of the interchange regularly, so I don't know what's going on there.

Most of the work in that area up to this point has been about opening up enough room between the North and South bound 295 lanes to start building the new mainline that will connect the two portions of 295. The ramp to I-76 W that is there now is the permanent new ramp, but when everything is done the ramp to 42 will split off that new ramp, go under 76 and connect on the other side. So when it's done the 76 traffic will stay right and 42 S traffic will stay left.
I'm not sure I like that. The I-76 exit is a bottleneck during the morning commute, so sharing a two-lane ramp between I-76 and NJ 42 traffic will require NJ 42 traffic to participate in this bottleneck. Currently NJ 42 traffic shares two lanes with thru I-295 South traffic which is considerably lighter.

Also, why should the I-76 exit be a left exit when I-76 West is to the right of I-295 South?

It's not.  Rt. 42 and I-76 will share a ramp, which I believe starts with the right lane coming down from 168 South forming a 4th lane (becoming the right most lane). The right and right-center lanes split off towards the ramp for 42 & 76.  A 3rd lane forms at some point.  The left and center lanes split to the left for Rt. 42 South, and the center and right lanes splits to the right for I-76 West.

The final version is here:  http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/pdf/ShortlistAltMap-D.pdf . I have seen a graphic showing the final lane striping as well, but it's deep within one of the reports and I can't recall where it is.  It'll also tell me if it's 2 lanes going to this 42/76 exit then becoming, or if a 5th lane starts prior to the 295 & 42/76 ramp making it a 3 lane ramp.

Note temporarily (starting around 2019), the Aljo Curve will eventually be for Rt. 42 South traffic only, when the 295 mainline is first completed.  So for that time 42 will exit to the right and 76 to the left until they get the final phase completed.

As far as 76 & 42 sharing a ramp...it should be able to accommodate it without a problem.  And traffic destined for Rt. 42 eventually has to use a single lane, and 76 traffic, for all intents and purposes, gets by with a single lane (as we are seeing now with the current traffic pattern, even though the ramp becomes 2 lanes...with the right lane exiting just after meeting with 76).
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 22, 2017, 09:47:57 AM
As mentioned a few weeks ago NJDOT came in and tore down the maybe/maybe not historic Hugg-Harrison house that sat in the way of this construction project.  Other than several articles that day and the following week, there hasn't been too much news.  The tri-county Courier Post newspaper, which really dislikes anything done by the state, has tried to maintain the voice of those who cared about the house, and has printed a few letters to the editor.  There's also a Facebook page that the group keeps public that I've been looking at, which usually has pretty comical posts and responses, most of which are directed at trying to kick NJDOT's commissioner out of office, send him to jail, etc.  Many state that the house was removed for a soundwall...which isn't exactly the whole story. It appear the roadway will come very close to, if not go right thru, where the house stood.

Most telling is the fundraising page they have set up.  Even after everything happened, not a single donation has been collected.  One post I saw said that the money collected which originally started 11 months ago with the intention of saving the house (and was over 80% short of its meager $10,000 goal) has been quickly spent on lawyers and other stuff...and they were trying to raise more money.  But again, not a penny was raised.  If the public...and even those highly upset about the house's removal...cared, you would've thought a few more dollars would've been raised.

The location of the house has been cleared, and a temporary fence put up.  NJDOT was supposed to turn over some of the items saved from the house last week to the historical organization, but decided at the last minute not to stating that as there may be a lawsuit over the issue, they need to hold onto it.

The governor's office did reach out to Bellmawr to get their side of the situation and wanted some documents pertaining to the issue.  Whether they proceed with anything on their end is unknown.

Overall, compared to some issues in this state, this one hasn't really received much support.  Articles where commenters can post anonymously have been about 50/50 for or against the actions by NJDOT...which is quite telling as most commentators are highly against anything NJDOT does.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on March 22, 2017, 04:39:44 PM
As far as 76 & 42 sharing a ramp...it should be able to accommodate it without a problem.  And traffic destined for Rt. 42 eventually has to use a single lane, and 76 traffic, for all intents and purposes, gets by with a single lane (as we are seeing now with the current traffic pattern, even though the ramp becomes 2 lanes...with the right lane exiting just after meeting with 76).
I can only offer my subjective observations as a commuter. In the morning, traveling on I-295 South, there is often a backup, sometimes 5 miles long, approaching the I-76 exit. At least half the traffic exits here and the backup essentially ends. The Aljo Curve is at speed (admittedly 35 MPH) or faster. Only a small fraction of traffic (including me) uses the one-lane exit to NJ 42, and it is quite sufficient for the task. Meanwhile, the ramp to I-76 is only one of three sources of traffic for the busy Walt Whitman Bridge, and is liable to back up.

So the straightening of I-295 and the addition of a third through lane will do little to help with the morning Southbound backups (the evening backups, which are worse, may be helped more). Anything short of widening I-295 to 4 lanes on this stretch wouldn't do much. Nor will it help the backups on I-76 (same number of entrances, same number of lanes). On the other hand, 76 and 42 sharing a 2-lane ramp will extend the backup for 42-bound traffic to wherever the 42/76 split occurs. Sharing a 3-lane ramp would essentially be the same as today for 42-bound traffic.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on April 09, 2017, 09:10:09 AM
Work has finally started on Contract 3. Land clearing has begun along Essex avenue for one of the two new sections of Bellmawr Park Mutual Housing project that will be used for the buildings that will be displaced by the interchange construction. Work has also started along Browning Road in preparation for the construction of the temporary bridge of 76.

Pictures here:
http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2017/04/april-2017.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 10, 2017, 02:11:16 PM
A public meeting will be held on May 18 to detail some of the changes coming in Contract 3, now underway at this interchange: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/meetings/documents/handout051817kn.pdf .  New bridges include Browning Rd over 76/42, 295 over Browning/76/42 (295 North will open as part of this contract), and the ramp from 42 North to 295 North.

Lately, a lot of tree and land clearing has taken place along 295 South, from the Aljo curve to the 295/42 South Split.  A temporary roadway has been paved for motorists taking a new bridge from 76 East to 295 North (the overpass's concrete deck pour should be taking place this or next week).  And additional work is taking place in Rt. 42's wide median near Creek Rd.

A few weeks ago, a truck loaded with orange juice on 295 North started to tip on the 295 North curve over Rt. 42.  It tipped into the overpasses' sound barrier, gashing and marring quite a bit of the barrier, exposing whatever the white stuff is behind the exposed painted cover, and even some metal.  However, it was sturdy, and probably prevented the trip from tipping over the overpass onto the ramp from Rt. 42.  Video of the traffic report at the time: http://6abc.com/traffic/i-295-reopens-in-nj-after-orange-juice-truck-crash/1923243/

It'll be interesting to see if anyone shows up or makes any noise in regards to the Hugg-Harrison house that was knocked down.  Even though it created some interest, taking a look at a fundraising page set up about a year ago by some 'concerned citizens', the increased publicity did not generate a signal dollar in donations.  For a group that wanted to take the state to court over the issue, they are going to have to fund it on their own dime if they wish to do anything.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 18, 2017, 07:27:18 PM
I stopped by the public meeting tonight, located at a school within the neighborhood that is being most affected by the construction. (You can slightly see the back of the school near the 295/42 Southbound split.)

Normal public meeting - a few panels showing the final project and some images of what the area will look like with sound walls and overpasses.  Other exhibits showed the various phases of the construction.  For most of the people there, they seemed mostly interested in the Browning Road overpass, as that's the road they're on every day.  They will be building a temporary overpass next to the current overpass, in order to demolish and build a new one in its place.  The new overpass will be about the same width, but close to twice the length of the current overpass.  Because of the school in the area, I overheard some people worried about kids walking throughout the construction zone.

The actual overpass, putting 295 over 42, appeared almost secondary on people's minds.  No doubt they'll be a little surprised when the overpass soars over their neighborhood!

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 18, 2017, 08:19:38 PM
I stopped by the public meeting tonight, located at a school within the neighborhood that is being most affected by the construction. (You can slightly see the back of the school near the 295/42 Southbound split.)

Normal public meeting - a few panels showing the final project and some images of what the area will look like with sound walls and overpasses.  Other exhibits showed the various phases of the construction.  For most of the people there, they seemed mostly interested in the Browning Road overpass, as that's the road they're on every day.  They will be building a temporary overpass next to the current overpass, in order to demolish and build a new one in its place.  The new overpass will be about the same width, but close to twice the length of the current overpass.  Because of the school in the area, I overheard some people worried about kids walking throughout the construction zone.

The actual overpass, putting 295 over 42, appeared almost secondary on people's minds.  No doubt they'll be a little surprised when the overpass soars over their neighborhood!

Wish I had known you were going, I was there to. I may have seen you since I was there for a good bit of time chatting with people. I took pictures of all the plans, not to much we haven't seen before, but I will post them on my blog.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 18, 2017, 09:35:53 PM
I was there about 6-630 or so. Yeah it would've been good to say Hi! I talked to 2 guys for a few minutes, but otherwise it was basically what I had seen online. I'm pretty sure I tripped them up on one thing...the traffic lights they're installing on 295 North in the construction zone. I don't think they really understood their purpose.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 19, 2017, 07:19:33 PM
A public meeting will be held on May 18 to detail some of the changes coming in Contract 3, now underway at this interchange: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/meetings/documents/handout051817kn.pdf (http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/meetings/documents/handout051817kn.pdf) .  New bridges include Browning Rd over 76/42, 295 over Browning/76/42 (295 North will open as part of this contract), and the ramp from 42 North to 295 North.

Lately, a lot of tree and land clearing has taken place along 295 South, from the Aljo curve to the 295/42 South Split.  A temporary roadway has been paved for motorists taking a new bridge from 76 East to 295 North (the overpass's concrete deck pour should be taking place this or next week).  And additional work is taking place in Rt. 42's wide median near Creek Rd.

A few weeks ago, a truck loaded with orange juice on 295 North started to tip on the 295 North curve over Rt. 42.  It tipped into the overpasses' sound barrier, gashing and marring quite a bit of the barrier, exposing whatever the white stuff is behind the exposed painted cover, and even some metal.  However, it was sturdy, and probably prevented the trip from tipping over the overpass onto the ramp from Rt. 42.  Video of the traffic report at the time: http://6abc.com/traffic/i-295-reopens-in-nj-after-orange-juice-truck-crash/1923243/ (http://6abc.com/traffic/i-295-reopens-in-nj-after-orange-juice-truck-crash/1923243/)

It'll be interesting to see if anyone shows up or makes any noise in regards to the Hugg-Harrison house that was knocked down.  Even though it created some interest, taking a look at a fundraising page set up about a year ago by some 'concerned citizens', the increased publicity did not generate a signal dollar in donations.  For a group that wanted to take the state to court over the issue, they are going to have to fund it on their own dime if they wish to do anything.

Here is a picture of the damage to the wall..

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LhOXydAORvo/WSd48C7nwSI/AAAAAAAAQDk/r4NuKwlNtEY3bzMbqoB9FNc7p2W42TiCACHM/DSC02105_thumb%255B1%255D?imgmax=800)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: odditude on May 22, 2017, 09:43:01 AM
Here is a picture of the damage to the wall..
the image link is broken for me.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 29, 2017, 08:55:54 AM
Here is a picture of the damage to the wall..
the image link is broken for me.

It should work now.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on June 26, 2017, 09:51:18 AM
I noticed that the overheads spanning both I-76 East and I-295 South (https://goo.gl/qTRtjY and both signs at https://goo.gl/HcQoXS) are gone. Instead, both *left* exits now have an LGS on the *right* of the roadway with just a shield and a left arrow at the exit point (the left side of both the roadways still has the standard Exit LGS too) . The separate 1/2 mile advance sign for NJ 42 on I-295 is still there. Not sure what the reason for this change is.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 26, 2017, 10:54:29 AM
I noticed that the overheads spanning both I-76 East and I-295 South (https://goo.gl/qTRtjY and both signs at https://goo.gl/HcQoXS) are gone. Instead, both *left* exits now have an LGS on the *right* of the roadway with just a shield and a left arrow at the exit point (the left side of both the roadways still has the standard Exit LGS too) . The separate 1/2 mile advance sign for NJ 42 on I-295 is still there. Not sure what the reason for this change is.

They're going to be tearing up and moving the road around throughout the next year or two.  Basically, the sign supports off to the right shoulder are in the way.  In fact, one of the temporary signs had to get removed the other day because even that was in the way. 

Eventually, 295 South next to 42 will split, once the temporary overpass for Browning Road is installed and the existing overpassed is demolished.

The still-existing 1/2 mile ahead overhead sign is out of the way for now.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 01, 2017, 07:03:30 AM
The new ramp from 76 West to 295 North opened this morning. The biggest change that comes with this is that the two lanes from the ramp, merge with the two right lanes of 295 very close to the Black Horse Pike exit. I have a feeling this is going to cause a lot of problems with people coming from 76 and trying to cross over to get to the Black Horse Pike exit. It wasn't to bad this morning, but traffic coming off of 42 was lighter then usual due to the accident.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 01, 2017, 08:16:12 AM
The new ramp from 76 West to 295 North opened this morning. The biggest change that comes with this is that the two lanes from the ramp, merge with the two right lanes of 295 very close to the Black Horse Pike exit. I have a feeling this is going to cause a lot of problems with people coming from 76 and trying to cross over to get to the Black Horse Pike exit. It wasn't to bad this morning, but traffic coming off of 42 was lighter then usual due to the accident.

Seeing it was open on the traffic cam, I took a different route to take the new ramp.  It'll be bad both ways - traffic from Rt. 42/295 effectively has one lane near the Rt. 168 exit.

Now that the old ramp from 76E to 295N is closed, they should hopefully, reasonably quickly, construct another temporary road for 295 North that'll merge into the new ramp there, allowing for a better lane configuration.

Once that's done, then the roads will be out of the way for them to start constructing the mainline 295 overpass north/east of 42/76.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 04, 2017, 10:46:52 AM
I put up a blog post with picture of the new ramp.

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/#!/2017/08/76-west-to-295-north-ramp.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Chris19001 on August 04, 2017, 12:46:59 PM
I put up a blog post with picture of the new ramp.
http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/#!/2017/08/76-west-to-295-north-ramp.html
I must be getting old..  Why would the ramp going from 76 West fly over the road to go to 295North?  Are you approaching from 76East instead of West, or are the directions flipped on the Jersey side after the WW Bridge?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 04, 2017, 01:24:34 PM
I put up a blog post with picture of the new ramp.
http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/#!/2017/08/76-west-to-295-north-ramp.html
I must be getting old..  Why would the ramp going from 76 West fly over the road to go to 295North?  Are you approaching from 76East instead of West, or are the directions flipped on the Jersey side after the WW Bridge?

He meant 76 East to 295 North.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 04, 2017, 02:07:24 PM
I put up a blog post with picture of the new ramp.
http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/#!/2017/08/76-west-to-295-north-ramp.html
I must be getting old..  Why would the ramp going from 76 West fly over the road to go to 295North?  Are you approaching from 76East instead of West, or are the directions flipped on the Jersey side after the WW Bridge?

He meant 76 East to 295 North.

Thanks, I have corrected the blog post.

I also checked the plans and they are going to shift the ramp from 42 over so it merges with the other ramp earlier as you suggested. I saw this morning that they have already started to demo the bridge that went over the original 42 to 295 ramp.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 04, 2017, 02:58:46 PM
I put up a blog post with picture of the new ramp.
http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/#!/2017/08/76-west-to-295-north-ramp.html
I must be getting old..  Why would the ramp going from 76 West fly over the road to go to 295North?  Are you approaching from 76East instead of West, or are the directions flipped on the Jersey side after the WW Bridge?

He meant 76 East to 295 North.

Thanks, I have corrected the blog post.

I also checked the plans and they are going to shift the ramp from 42 over so it merges with the other ramp earlier as you suggested. I saw this morning that they have already started to demo the bridge that went over the original 42 to 295 ramp.

Yeah they didn't take long.  I didn't notice anything Tuesday (the first day the new bridge was opened), but by Wednesday the old bridge had already started being ripped down!

I'm wondering when they're going to finally get that sign gantry up over the SB lanes.  It looked like there may have been a problem with the original concrete pour at the foundation as some of the concrete had been removed.  That's all fixed now, so I imagine they just need some time overnight to put up the supports, then the gantry.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 17, 2017, 07:25:08 AM
Sign structure finally went up overnight.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on August 21, 2017, 10:07:14 AM
It looks like they re-striped the I-295 Southbound lanes approaching the I-76 exit such that a fourth lane is added on the right and the left two lanes exit to I-76, which means there is now only one thru lane of 295 through that area in both directions. Not sure why they feel the need to do this since simply striping the lanes differently could easily provide two thru lanes in both directions at the expense of narrowing I-76 exit/entrance traffic to one lane briefly.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 03, 2017, 09:28:47 AM
Here is a good picture of the demolition of the old 76 East to 295 North ramp, taken from the Browning Road overpass.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yJXmT_sWs3k/WawCLDQKMWI/AAAAAAAARkI/bD-bhnmkoosNJoLqsCLh8dU24FkD20gtACHMYCw/DSC02451_thumb%255B1%255D)

More pictures here:

http://i295directconnection.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-2017.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 03, 2017, 10:07:51 AM
It's amazing the work they are doing just for a *temporary* bridge for Browning Road!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on September 03, 2017, 12:41:07 PM
It's amazing the work they are doing just for a *temporary* bridge for Browning Road!
Bridges gotta span.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 04, 2017, 11:24:09 AM
It's amazing the work they are doing just for a *temporary* bridge for Browning Road!
Bridges gotta span.

Past temporary bridges (ie: Creek Road) used temporary measures.  This one is going all-out, spending what appears to be upwards of $10 million building what are normally permanent features of a bridge, for a bridge that'll last for all of 3 years.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 04, 2017, 05:45:29 PM
It's amazing the work they are doing just for a *temporary* bridge for Browning Road!
Bridges gotta span.

Past temporary bridges (ie: Creek Road) used temporary measures.  This one is going all-out, spending what appears to be upwards of $10 million building what are normally permanent features of a bridge, for a bridge that'll last for all of 3 years.

It's interesting that we have now seen three different approaches to overpass rebuilding in this project, one way at a time using a traffic light on Bell Road, squeezing in a lane in each direction by using a temporary pedestrian bridge on Creek, and now building a complete temporary bridge for Browning.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on September 05, 2017, 09:10:53 AM
It almost seems like they're expecting for funding to be cut off in the middle of this project
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 11, 2017, 11:11:51 AM
A VMS sign on 295 this morning announced a new traffic pattern starting Sept 16.  I will assume this is to move 295 North onto the new, temporary alignment that'll connect it with the 76E to 295N ramp just off that ramp's new overpass.

If so, there's quite a bit of work to be done in the next 5 or so days.  I believe there's a small area that doesn't even have any pavement yet!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 11, 2017, 06:47:32 PM
A VMS sign on 295 this morning announced a new traffic pattern starting Sept 16.  I will assume this is to move 295 North onto the new, temporary alignment that'll connect it with the 76E to 295N ramp just off that ramp's new overpass.

If so, there's quite a bit of work to be done in the next 5 or so days.  I believe there's a small area that doesn't even have any pavement yet!

Yeah, I noticed that sign the other day. I agree there doesn't seem to be enough time to have that new ramp ready, but I can't think of anything else it could be at this point.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 13, 2017, 04:26:22 PM
A VMS sign on 295 this morning announced a new traffic pattern starting Sept 16.  I will assume this is to move 295 North onto the new, temporary alignment that'll connect it with the 76E to 295N ramp just off that ramp's new overpass.

If so, there's quite a bit of work to be done in the next 5 or so days.  I believe there's a small area that doesn't even have any pavement yet!

They were paving yesterday and today so it looks like this will be ready by then. Looks like it will be one lane from 42 merging with two lanes from 76.



Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 14, 2017, 04:23:30 PM
A VMS sign on 295 this morning announced a new traffic pattern starting Sept 16.  I will assume this is to move 295 North onto the new, temporary alignment that'll connect it with the 76E to 295N ramp just off that ramp's new overpass.

If so, there's quite a bit of work to be done in the next 5 or so days.  I believe there's a small area that doesn't even have any pavement yet!

They were paving yesterday and today so it looks like this will be ready by then. Looks like it will be one lane from 42 merging with two lanes from 76.

Looks like I was wrong about the one lane part, they did the striping today and there are three lanes on the new ramp. I assume this will merge down to 4 lanes before it gets to Black Horse Pike when one of those lanes will be the exit lane.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 14, 2017, 05:35:33 PM
A VMS sign on 295 this morning announced a new traffic pattern starting Sept 16.  I will assume this is to move 295 North onto the new, temporary alignment that'll connect it with the 76E to 295N ramp just off that ramp's new overpass.

If so, there's quite a bit of work to be done in the next 5 or so days.  I believe there's a small area that doesn't even have any pavement yet!

They were paving yesterday and today so it looks like this will be ready by then. Looks like it will be one lane from 42 merging with two lanes from 76.

Looks like I was wrong about the one lane part, they did the striping today and there are three lanes on the new ramp. I assume this will merge down to 4 lanes before it gets to Black Horse Pike when one of those lanes will be the exit lane.

Just saw that myself. I also saw on the plans that this temporary roadway - 5 lanes wide - will also have a traffic light at one point. I tried asking about it at the latest public meeting, pointing it out on the display, and the engineer there had no clue. He BS'ed me an answer which I lived with because I knew I wasn't going to get an actual reason.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 16, 2017, 06:27:04 PM
The new-new 295 North lanes were opened this morning.  Other than the tendency to want to turn a few hundred feet sooner, they were fine.  The lanes have a seemingly sharp curve, but at the 45 mph limit the car easily handled them (it's worth noting that the construction speed limit continues to be 10 mph *faster* than the original lanes). 

It meets up with the 76E to 295N ramp quickly, and maintains 5 lanes for a considerable distance before narrowing to 4 lanes, before the right lane becomes the exit only lane for Exit 28.  I'm not even sure if the final design in this area is even 5 lanes wide...I forget if the 2 lane ramps merge into 1 lane before or after they meet up with the 295 mainline.

In other news, the new traffic pattern on 295 South between Rt. 168 and Exit 26 remains a clusterfuck.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on September 17, 2017, 07:59:29 AM
The new-new 295 North lanes were opened this morning.  Other than the tendency to want to turn a few hundred feet sooner, they were fine.  The lanes have a seemingly sharp curve, but at the 45 mph limit the car easily handled them (it's worth noting that the construction speed limit continues to be 10 mph *faster* than the original lanes). 

It meets up with the 76E to 295N ramp quickly, and maintains 5 lanes for a considerable distance before narrowing to 4 lanes, before the right lane becomes the exit only lane for Exit 28.  I'm not even sure if the final design in this area is even 5 lanes wide...I forget if the 2 lane ramps merge into 1 lane before or after they meet up with the 295 mainline.

In other news, the new traffic pattern on 295 South between Rt. 168 and Exit 26 remains a clusterfuck.

I agree with the 295 South part. Unfortunately I don't see that changing any time soon.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on September 18, 2017, 09:25:12 AM
The new-new 295 North lanes were opened this morning.  Other than the tendency to want to turn a few hundred feet sooner, they were fine.  The lanes have a seemingly sharp curve, but at the 45 mph limit the car easily handled them (it's worth noting that the construction speed limit continues to be 10 mph *faster* than the original lanes). 

It meets up with the 76E to 295N ramp quickly, and maintains 5 lanes for a considerable distance before narrowing to 4 lanes, before the right lane becomes the exit only lane for Exit 28.  I'm not even sure if the final design in this area is even 5 lanes wide...I forget if the 2 lane ramps merge into 1 lane before or after they meet up with the 295 mainline.

In other news, the new traffic pattern on 295 South between Rt. 168 and Exit 26 remains a clusterfuck.

I agree with the 295 South part. Unfortunately I don't see that changing any time soon.
I still don't understand why they can't simply redraw the lanes such that there are two thru lanes for I-295 by either having a single lane exiting to I-76 instead of two, or making the entrance from 168 a regular acceleration lane instead of a thru lane. It doesn't require any pavement changes, just lane re-striping.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 04, 2017, 10:23:08 AM
The new-new 295 North lanes were opened this morning.  Other than the tendency to want to turn a few hundred feet sooner, they were fine.  The lanes have a seemingly sharp curve, but at the 45 mph limit the car easily handled them (it's worth noting that the construction speed limit continues to be 10 mph *faster* than the original lanes). 

It meets up with the 76E to 295N ramp quickly, and maintains 5 lanes for a considerable distance before narrowing to 4 lanes, before the right lane becomes the exit only lane for Exit 28.  I'm not even sure if the final design in this area is even 5 lanes wide...I forget if the 2 lane ramps merge into 1 lane before or after they meet up with the 295 mainline.

In other news, the new traffic pattern on 295 South between Rt. 168 and Exit 26 remains a clusterfuck.

I agree with the 295 South part. Unfortunately I don't see that changing any time soon.
I still don't understand why they can't simply redraw the lanes such that there are two thru lanes for I-295 by either having a single lane exiting to I-76 instead of two, or making the entrance from 168 a regular acceleration lane instead of a thru lane. It doesn't require any pavement changes, just lane re-striping.

Portable VMS sign stated 295 SB will have a new traffic pattern this weekend 'at Exit 28'.  Being that nothing obvious needs to happen in the area, I wonder if they will restripe the roadway to provide for the Center Lane split again, as it's always been.  If so, I'm glad they acknowledged the issue. 
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 07, 2017, 12:43:53 PM
Portable VMS sign stated 295 SB will have a new traffic pattern this weekend 'at Exit 28'.  Being that nothing obvious needs to happen in the area, I wonder if they will restripe the roadway to provide for the Center Lane split again, as it's always been.  If so, I'm glad they acknowledged the issue. 

This is what they did do, and I'm thinking they make it worse.  I figured they would've merged in traffic from 168 South, then quickly widen it to 4 lanes (2 for 76/676, 2 for 295/42).  Instead, they're keeping it 3 lanes almost up to the split, where the 'Exit Only' sign closest to the split appears to be pointing down at the left lane (still correct) and the center lane...which isn't true anymore.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on October 07, 2017, 07:25:34 PM
Portable VMS sign stated 295 SB will have a new traffic pattern this weekend 'at Exit 28'.  Being that nothing obvious needs to happen in the area, I wonder if they will restripe the roadway to provide for the Center Lane split again, as it's always been.  If so, I'm glad they acknowledged the issue. 

This is what they did do, and I'm thinking they make it worse.  I figured they would've merged in traffic from 168 South, then quickly widen it to 4 lanes (2 for 76/676, 2 for 295/42).  Instead, they're keeping it 3 lanes almost up to the split, where the 'Exit Only' sign closest to the split appears to be pointing down at the left lane (still correct) and the center lane...which isn't true anymore.

I drove through it this morning and it was a mess. People have gotten used to the 168 ramp being a through lane, so they should have put up signs making it clear that it was no longer one.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on October 31, 2017, 10:10:26 AM
I finally drove that segment of 295 Southbound for the first time since they changed the striping (there have been constant backups there, but not this morning). One thing I noticed that has not been mentioned is that the barrier between 295 and 42/76 Southbound is gone replaced by cones. Are they planning to temporarily move one these roads onto the other one or move the location of the 295 to 42 exit?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 31, 2017, 10:38:54 AM
I finally drove that segment of 295 Southbound for the first time since they changed the striping (there have been constant backups there, but not this morning). One thing I noticed that has not been mentioned is that the barrier between 295 and 42/76 Southbound is gone replaced by cones. Are they planning to temporarily move one these roads onto the other one or move the location of the 295 to 42 exit?

At least for now, a small portion of that barrier is gone.  I'm not sure exactly what that's for currently, unless it's for overnight construction activity and they can push traffic onto either 42 or 295 rather than closing the entire highway, or for construction access when they build the temporary overpass for Browning Road. 

Eventually, 295 South will split into 2 cattleshutes, or 1 cattleshute to the right, and merge with 42 on the left.  That won't happen fully though until the existing Browning Road overpass is demolished.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 01, 2017, 12:58:07 PM
Per this press release: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2017/120117.shtm , this sign and sign structure will be removed tonight: https://goo.gl/maps/rAngkUYkmkH2 .  The sign structure is original from when the highway and interchange was built, but the APL sign is only about 4 years old (its twin, located on the other side of the Browning Road overpass, didn't last 3 years).

The 295 mainline will be closed tonight for its removal, with interment stoppages on the 76/42 side.  The signed detour will send motorists up to I-676 before they can make a U-turn, although anyone in the know (or with GPSs) will probably take the I-76, Exit 1C ramp (I guess NJDOT doesn't want to promote crossing 5 lanes of traffic in about a 1/2 mile distance!)

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 04, 2017, 01:44:52 PM
Going thru NJDOT's website for the project, I happened to catch this page, which was updated recently: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rt295/contracts.shtm .  The project is now not scheduled for completion until Winter, 2024!  That will make this an 11 year project for this one interchange.

The other pages with timelines have not been recently updated, and still show 2023 (or earlier) completion dates.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 21, 2017, 01:38:11 PM
This site provides a short flyover simulation of what the new highway will look like, from the perspective of someone on 295 North.

http://www.rdvsystems.com/portfolio/i295-direct-connection-nj/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 01, 2018, 08:49:05 AM
They also have a video of the 295/42 Missing Moves project. This is going to be a bigger project then I was originally thinking. Looks like they will need to rebuild the creek road overpass over 295 to make room for the new ramps.

http://www.rdvsystems.com/portfolio/i295-missing-moves-nj/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 01, 2018, 09:41:35 AM
They also have a video of the 295/42 Missing Moves project. This is going to be a bigger project then I was originally thinking. Looks like they will need to rebuild the creek road overpass over 295 to make room for the new ramps.

http://www.rdvsystems.com/portfolio/i295-missing-moves-nj/

Yep! (I posted this in the main NJ forum as well). There's a lot going on with the the 42/Creek Rd interchange also.

The original plan had longer ramps that would touch 295 south of the Creek Rd overpass, which wouldn't require the overpass to be rebuilt.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on October 12, 2018, 09:09:26 PM
They reached a very noticeable milestone over the past few weeks with the installation of the beams over the 76 East to 295 North ramp tunnel. I am wondering if both the ramp from 295 south along with the ramp from 76 will have to be temporarily routed through here to allow of the mainline work to continue.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Z1ELaWIvhw/W8FEWIH0ifI/AAAAAAAAWPg/GRMtSRAddjwvnFsWWOjx3d_-xWqNpVsdwCHMYCw/DSC03359_thumb%255B2%255D?imgmax=800)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 12, 2018, 09:52:32 PM
They reached a very noticeable milestone over the past few weeks with the installation of the beams over the 76 East to 295 North ramp tunnel. I am wondering if both the ramp from 295 south along with the ramp from 76 will have to be temporarily routed through here to allow of the mainline work to continue.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Z1ELaWIvhw/W8FEWIH0ifI/AAAAAAAAWPg/GRMtSRAddjwvnFsWWOjx3d_-xWqNpVsdwCHMYCw/DSC03359_thumb%255B2%255D?imgmax=800)

That's what I'm thinking. I was a bit surprised this was going to be completely covered. Quick work too! As I was going to work the beams were being transported on 295 south each day.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Beltway on October 12, 2018, 10:17:46 PM
They also have a video of the 295/42 Missing Moves project. This is going to be a bigger project then I was originally thinking. Looks like they will need to rebuild the creek road overpass over 295 to make room for the new ramps.
http://www.rdvsystems.com/portfolio/i295-missing-moves-nj/

Yes, very long approaches and a long bridge, plus widening of I-295 and NJ-42.  Over 3 miles of total project length.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on October 13, 2018, 08:11:12 AM
They reached a very noticeable milestone over the past few weeks with the installation of the beams over the 76 East to 295 North ramp tunnel. I am wondering if both the ramp from 295 south along with the ramp from 76 will have to be temporarily routed through here to allow of the mainline work to continue.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Z1ELaWIvhw/W8FEWIH0ifI/AAAAAAAAWPg/GRMtSRAddjwvnFsWWOjx3d_-xWqNpVsdwCHMYCw/DSC03359_thumb%255B2%255D?imgmax=800)

That's what I'm thinking. I was a bit surprised this was going to be completely covered. Quick work too! As I was going to work the beams were being transported on 295 south each day.


I was a little surprised at that also, but looking at the animation of the final configuration it looks like the mainline sits right on top of the tunnel instead of being raised above it, so it looks like the roof structure will directly support the road over it.


http://www.rdvsystems.com/portfolio/i295-direct-connection-nj/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 13, 2018, 12:31:53 PM
They also have a video of the 295/42 Missing Moves project. This is going to be a bigger project then I was originally thinking. Looks like they will need to rebuild the creek road overpass over 295 to make room for the new ramps.
http://www.rdvsystems.com/portfolio/i295-missing-moves-nj/

Yes, very long approaches and a long bridge, plus widening of I-295 and NJ-42.  Over 3 miles of total project length.

Since that video was made, they removed the auxiliary lane from 295 so it'll remain 3 lanes between 47 and those ramps, and removed the roundabout you can see below the overpass for traffic using the Creek Rd exit off of Rt. 42.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on December 16, 2018, 09:36:15 AM
Does anyone know what is going on with the temporary Browning Road overpass? They finished the supports on either side a while back but I haven't seen any progress since then.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 16, 2018, 10:26:01 AM
Does anyone know what is going on with the temporary Browning Road overpass? They finished the supports on either side a while back but I haven't seen any progress since then.

Haven't seen or heard anything.

The killer is the prep for the temp bridge has been gong on for a few years. The actual time to replace the bridge will probably be just a matter of months!

On the other hand, they're finally moving on the overpass portion of 295 near the New St. Mary's cemetery.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 02, 2019, 09:55:03 AM

Looking thru some of the plans that were made available publically, I took notice of "W3-3, Signal Ahead"...on 295 North!

Apparently for some phases of the construction when they are building the 295 mainline overpass, they'll use traffic lights at the point where temporary 295 North and the 76E to 295N ramp meet to stop traffic for construction activities, as the 295 mainline is constructed over the ramp.  I would guess they would only use this at night...probably in a fashion similar to how lights are used at drawbridges.

I noticed this morning that some sort of traffic lights have been put up on the entrance to the tunnel that will eventually be the 76 West to 295 North ramp. It was a little dark so I couldn't get a good look at them. Not really sure what purpose they would server at that location.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 02, 2019, 10:06:48 AM

Looking thru some of the plans that were made available publically, I took notice of "W3-3, Signal Ahead"...on 295 North!

Apparently for some phases of the construction when they are building the 295 mainline overpass, they'll use traffic lights at the point where temporary 295 North and the 76E to 295N ramp meet to stop traffic for construction activities, as the 295 mainline is constructed over the ramp.  I would guess they would only use this at night...probably in a fashion similar to how lights are used at drawbridges.

I noticed this morning that some sort of traffic lights have been put up on the entrance to the tunnel that will eventually be the 76 West to 295 North ramp. It was a little dark so I couldn't get a good look at them. Not really sure what purpose they would server at that location.

I saw that this morning too.  Because it's considered a tunnel, they need lane controls in case they need to close the tunnel.  Since all 5 lanes will soon be going thru the tunnel, they have all those lights up.

If it's anything like the lights for the Trenton Tunnel, they will always be green, even when lanes are closed.  When there was some sort of malfunction and the lights were flashing red (do not enter), they were universally ignored.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 03, 2019, 07:45:48 PM

I saw that this morning too.  Because it's considered a tunnel, they need lane controls in case they need to close the tunnel.  Since all 5 lanes will soon be going thru the tunnel, they have all those lights up.

If it's anything like the lights for the Trenton Tunnel, they will always be green, even when lanes are closed.  When there was some sort of malfunction and the lights were flashing red (do not enter), they were universally ignored.

I got a better look at them today, and a picture which I will post another time. The lights are on normal traffic light polls, not mounted to the bridge structure. There are 6 of them it total, 5 over the road, and one on the left pole. They all have three lights.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 03, 2019, 11:46:04 PM
I saw that on Tuesday driving home. The traffic lights in the middle of that mess look a bit out of place. The 3 car accident on the curve in front of it on I-295 north just added to the confusion.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 04, 2019, 01:15:58 PM
I-295 South at the AlJo Curve will be closed tonight for milling and repaving.  The detour is the longated detour on I-76 West to I-676 North to make the U-Turn at Exit 1 (Collings Ave).  This is probably the safe detour.  The way most people will go will be I-76 West to the first exit (Exit 1C), Left on Market, Right onto I-76 East, cross 5 lanes, then take the left exit for I-295 South.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2019/010319.shtm

Speaking of the Aljo curve, the large left arrow one sees now only has 1 straight light working (the left most - in <----) along with the arrow itself.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 04, 2019, 04:29:44 PM
Here is a picture of the traffic ligths.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iBHANlwbNdY/XC_Pr-ZKkgI/AAAAAAAAXEs/QnPwjI1kaec71vCx2qXRXg8easH_ojA-QCHMYCw/s1600-h/20190103_154015%255B4%255D
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 07, 2019, 02:22:16 PM
I am wondering what the light on the vertical poll is for, it doesn't really line up with anything.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 08, 2019, 05:25:02 PM
I-295 South at the AlJo Curve will be closed tonight for milling and repaving.  The detour is the longated detour on I-76 West to I-676 North to make the U-Turn at Exit 1 (Collings Ave).  This is probably the safe detour.  The way most people will go will be I-76 West to the first exit (Exit 1C), Left on Market, Right onto I-76 East, cross 5 lanes, then take the left exit for I-295 South.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2019/010319.shtm

Speaking of the Aljo curve, the large left arrow one sees now only has 1 straight light working (the left most - in <----) along with the arrow itself.

Didn't see any new paving so I assume this didn't happen, probably because of the rain Friday night.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 08, 2019, 08:55:24 PM
I-295 South at the AlJo Curve will be closed tonight for milling and repaving.  The detour is the longated detour on I-76 West to I-676 North to make the U-Turn at Exit 1 (Collings Ave).  This is probably the safe detour.  The way most people will go will be I-76 West to the first exit (Exit 1C), Left on Market, Right onto I-76 East, cross 5 lanes, then take the left exit for I-295 South.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2019/010319.shtm

Speaking of the Aljo curve, the large left arrow one sees now only has 1 straight light working (the left most - in <----) along with the arrow itself.

Didn't see any new paving so I assume this didn't happen, probably because of the rain Friday night.

Yep.  I did see the VMS now say *this* Friday night, so I guess they're going to try again.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 16, 2019, 07:00:59 AM
A VMS sign on 295: New Traffic Pattern Starting Feb 2 at Exit 27. That will be for traffic on 295 North going thru the new "tunnel" in that area. Actually, I'm surprised they've posted the sign so early. Usually they give a few days notice...if any at all!

After that they'll build up the asphalt from the 76E to 295N ramp, and they'll go thru the tunnel as well.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 31, 2019, 01:40:54 PM
A NJDOT Press Release, informing us of the new tunnel opening this weekend...

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2019/013119.shtm

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on January 31, 2019, 04:13:46 PM
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The new traffic pattern will reduce the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound from three lanes to two lanes just past the Browning Road overpass and shift traffic into to a newly constructed covered roadway.
Huh? I assume they mean the I-295 northbound mainline because the NJ 42 ramp (which only is a single lane) joins I-295 prior to the Browning Road overpass.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 02, 2019, 06:05:54 AM
Due to Friday's non-forecasted snowfall, the 295 tunnel opening was pushed back to Saturday night. And instead of keeping one lane of traffic open and working around that, they're just closing 295 completely at Exit 26. You'll have to exit on I-76 West then make a u-turn to get back to 295 north.

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The new traffic pattern will reduce the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound from three lanes to two lanes just past the Browning Road overpass and shift traffic into to a newly constructed covered roadway.
Huh? I assume they mean the I-295 northbound mainline because the NJ 42 ramp (which only is a single lane) joins I-295 prior to the Browning Road overpass.

Yep. For some reason in the planning documents, they often refer to 295 as 42 Local, so I guess that's where the press release writer (not being familiar with the area) took the info from.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 04, 2019, 12:27:39 PM
The new tunnel opened Sunday morning, after NJDOT revised their traffic mitigation plan to simply close down 295 overnight Saturday into Sunday and have them follow a detour route.  I went thru the interchange around 2:30am Sunday; absolutely no traffic and no delay to speak of thru the interchange towards the detour.

Sunday morning, the tunnel was open.  There's now a sharper curve coming off of 76/42 to get to the tunnel, but the curve is banked fairly well.  They did lower the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph, not that many people will notice because they simply took away the 45 mph signs and didn't add any new 35 mph signs, which are posted as one enters the interchange a half-mile back.  There is a "Speed Limit 35; Your Speed is XX" sign as you enter the curve as well.  Currently, there's 3 lanes approaching the tunnel, which narrows down to 2 lanes just as you start to enter the tunnel...a bit of a headscratching design.

Monday morning - it was slow, as expected, but otherwise traffic moved reasonably well.  Maybe a 5 minute delay altogether.  The main issue is that 295/42 has 3 lanes; but effectively narrows down to 1 lane after the tunnel as the right lane is an exit only lane for 168.  The 2 lanes from the 76 East to 295 North ramp meet up with 295 mainline fairly late, so there's a limited amount of room for everyone to jockey for position.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on February 23, 2019, 08:32:28 PM
The lanes from the 76 ramp were re-routed into the tunnel this morning. This is a pretty big milestone since I believe this is that last major thing that needed to be moved to clear the way for the new 295 mainline to be built.


One of the intertesting things about the tunnel to me is the amount of lighting that was installed on the walls. I sure there is a reason but it seems excessive for such a small tunnel.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 13, 2019, 09:59:06 AM
The 295/42 Missing Moves ramps are about a mile in length, yet will wind up costing nearly $200 million!  NJDOT is requesting another $38 million on top of the $160 million estimated project cost.  The ramps are scheduled to go out to bid in September.

https://www.dvrpc.org/asp/boardcomment/detail.asp?id=2968
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 19, 2019, 08:46:44 PM
The 295/42 Missing Moves ramps are about a mile in length, yet will wind up costing nearly $200 million!  NJDOT is requesting another $38 million on top of the $160 million estimated project cost.  The ramps are scheduled to go out to bid in September.

https://www.dvrpc.org/asp/boardcomment/detail.asp?id=2968


I wonder when the direct connect Contract 4 goes out for bid, I would think it would be soon.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 20, 2019, 07:31:57 AM
The 295/42 Missing Moves ramps are about a mile in length, yet will wind up costing nearly $200 million!  NJDOT is requesting another $38 million on top of the $160 million estimated project cost.  The ramps are scheduled to go out to bid in September.

https://www.dvrpc.org/asp/boardcomment/detail.asp?id=2968


I wonder when the direct connect Contract 4 goes out for bid, I would think it would be soon.

Sometime in 2021.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on July 24, 2019, 06:09:18 PM
The 295/42 Missing Moves ramps are about a mile in length, yet will wind up costing nearly $200 million!  NJDOT is requesting another $38 million on top of the $160 million estimated project cost.  The ramps are scheduled to go out to bid in September.

https://www.dvrpc.org/asp/boardcomment/detail.asp?id=2968


I wonder when the direct connect Contract 4 goes out for bid, I would think it would be soon.

Sometime in 2021.

Wow, it go pushed back that far?

It looks like contract 2 is pretty close to wrapping up. There doesn't seem to be to much left on 3 until they start work on the Browning Road overpass and then finish the main line overpass.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: tolbs17 on July 27, 2019, 03:42:20 PM
Jesus. I didn't know it would take forever to complete that project. It should be done by now. It was been soo long already.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 09, 2019, 01:50:47 PM
I took notice to the timeline of Contract #4.  It now shows a completion date of Winter, 2025...which will make this interchange project about a 13 year project from beginning to end, not including the advanced contract that addressed traffic concerns in the vicinity of the project!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on August 11, 2019, 07:27:36 PM
I took notice to the timeline of Contract #4.  It now shows a completion date of Winter, 2025...which will make this interchange project about a 13 year project from beginning to end, not including the advanced contract that addressed traffic concerns in the vicinity of the project!

I wonder if the Browning Road overpass re-build is holding things up? At this point in looks like most of the work that still needs to be done is dependent on completing that part of the project.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: BrianP on August 12, 2019, 11:36:19 AM
I wonder if the Browning Road overpass re-build is holding things up? At this point in looks like most of the work that still needs to be done is dependent on completing that part of the project.
It was a hold-up according to this:
Quote
Construction was originally expected to be completed in 2021, but that date has been extended to 2024 because of increased time needed to buy land for the Browning Road Bridge replacement, he said.
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2017/10/when_is_the_dots_900_million_direct_connection_goi.html
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 12, 2019, 01:12:46 PM
I wonder if the Browning Road overpass re-build is holding things up? At this point in looks like most of the work that still needs to be done is dependent on completing that part of the project.
It was a hold-up according to this:
Quote
Construction was originally expected to be completed in 2021, but that date has been extended to 2024 because of increased time needed to buy land for the Browning Road Bridge replacement, he said.
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2017/10/when_is_the_dots_900_million_direct_connection_goi.html


I wonder if the Browning Road overpass re-build is holding things up? At this point in looks like most of the work that still needs to be done is dependent on completing that part of the project.
It was a hold-up according to this:
Quote
Construction was originally expected to be completed in 2021, but that date has been extended to 2024 because of increased time needed to buy land for the Browning Road Bridge replacement, he said.
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2017/10/when_is_the_dots_900_million_direct_connection_goi.html


That was one of the reasons for the holdup a few years back. But that land has since been long purchased and not the reason for the delay now.  The center concrete supports are built, and a lot of the infrastructure for the temporary bridge was put in.  However, my guess is there an issue with the outer supports for the temporary bridges.  Shortly after they were poured is when construction stopped.   

One of the trickiest parts of the current phase - relocating 12 families in the way of the construction project by building them new homes on sight of their current neighborhood, appears to have gone flawlessly and that part of the phase has been completed. It's where the new ramp for 76 East to 295 South has been built - the sound barrier was recently installed and some final work on the neighborhood side is taking place.

The rest of the project seems to be continuing as best as it can.  But as Dan said, until that new Browning Road bridge is built, they're kinda stuck.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on October 19, 2019, 08:37:17 PM
Looks like work is finally starting back up on the temporary Browning Road overpass. I saw crews working around both foundations today.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 17, 2019, 01:06:28 PM
After a month and a half of postponements, the bids for the 295/42 Missing Moves project were finally received today.  South State, a contractor that does a lot of work for NJDOT, is the apparent high bidder at $180 million.  While higher than previous estimates, the latest request was to have $198 million available, so it's a bit under the most recent funding estimate.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: 02 Park Ave on December 17, 2019, 01:50:12 PM
South State, INC appears to be the apparent low bidder.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 30, 2019, 12:08:22 PM
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/12/its-costing-more-and-taking-longer-but-this-massive-nj-project-is-expected-to-make-life-easier.html

Not much new info...and a phase's projected cost of $192 million increasing by $4 million really isn't all that much on the grand scale of things.  The writer of the article isn't exactly the most fluent of writers either.  He seems to get a quote or two from DOT and good enough.  He's not from around the area either, so his knowledge of the interchange is quite limited.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: ekt8750 on December 30, 2019, 03:49:56 PM
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/12/its-costing-more-and-taking-longer-but-this-massive-nj-project-is-expected-to-make-life-easier.html

Not much new info...and a phase's projected cost of $192 million increasing by $4 million really isn't all that much on the grand scale of things.  The writer of the article isn't exactly the most fluent of writers either.  He seems to get a quote or two from DOT and good enough.  He's not from around the area either, so his knowledge of the interchange is quite limited.

NJ.com isn't really regarded as bastion of quality journalism lol
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on January 01, 2020, 07:27:33 PM
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/12/its-costing-more-and-taking-longer-but-this-massive-nj-project-is-expected-to-make-life-easier.html

Not much new info...and a phase's projected cost of $192 million increasing by $4 million really isn't all that much on the grand scale of things.  The writer of the article isn't exactly the most fluent of writers either.  He seems to get a quote or two from DOT and good enough.  He's not from around the area either, so his knowledge of the interchange is quite limited.

The article says "That schedule is off by about two years from a 2022 completion date because some modifications had to be made to pre-cast pier designs". Assuming this is true I wonder if this is directly related to the Browning Road overpass?

I did see them doing a concrete pour the other day below where the cemetery side of the temporary bridge will be.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on January 03, 2020, 12:40:05 AM
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/12/its-costing-more-and-taking-longer-but-this-massive-nj-project-is-expected-to-make-life-easier.html

Not much new info...and a phase's projected cost of $192 million increasing by $4 million really isn't all that much on the grand scale of things.  The writer of the article isn't exactly the most fluent of writers either.  He seems to get a quote or two from DOT and good enough.  He's not from around the area either, so his knowledge of the interchange is quite limited.

The article says "That schedule is off by about two years from a 2022 completion date because some modifications had to be made to pre-cast pier designs". Assuming this is true I wonder if this is directly related to the Browning Road overpass?

I did see them doing a concrete pour the other day below where the cemetery side of the temporary bridge will be.
Given how long that's been sitting untouched, you're probably right.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 03, 2020, 09:41:22 AM
https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/12/its-costing-more-and-taking-longer-but-this-massive-nj-project-is-expected-to-make-life-easier.html

Not much new info...and a phase's projected cost of $192 million increasing by $4 million really isn't all that much on the grand scale of things.  The writer of the article isn't exactly the most fluent of writers either.  He seems to get a quote or two from DOT and good enough.  He's not from around the area either, so his knowledge of the interchange is quite limited.

The article says "That schedule is off by about two years from a 2022 completion date because some modifications had to be made to pre-cast pier designs". Assuming this is true I wonder if this is directly related to the Browning Road overpass?

I did see them doing a concrete pour the other day below where the cemetery side of the temporary bridge will be.
Given how long that's been sitting untouched, you're probably right.

The article really was all over the place, and was never specific in what was causing the delays.  The overall completion date has continually been pushed back several times on NJDOT's website.  I think the Browning Road overpass is another delay, not related to the delays mentioned in Contracts 1 & 2.  The NJDOT website, which has largely gone quiet with updates regarding the project, shows that bridge replacement is in Contract 3.  Anything relating to the overpass was barely worked on in 2019, and the eventual, temporary roadways leading to the overpass have been nothing but a dirty mudpit for all of 2019.

That all said (and one reason why this particular reporter sucks at his job), the NJDOT website, last July, was updated to show the project will be completed in Winter, 2025.  2024 was an old date (which I had seen in the past), and the reporter should've used this public info to contradict what the NJDOT spokesman stated.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 31, 2020, 02:37:18 PM
After a month and a half of postponements, the bids for the 295/42 Missing Moves project were finally received today.  South State, a contractor that does a lot of work for NJDOT, is the apparent high bidder at $180 million.  While higher than previous estimates, the latest request was to have $198 million available, so it's a bit under the most recent funding estimate.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf


The contract has been awarded to South State.

The bid results are below.  For the roughly 1 mile ramp project, with associated modifications to the mainlines of 295, 42 & 55, this is a 4+ year project.  :rolleyes:

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on February 06, 2020, 07:21:53 AM
42freeway.com has posted a good update and video of the project. He is confirming that the hold up on the project was with the precast support columns for the mainline overpass. NJDOT also says that the Browning Road work is waiting for the completion of the mainline supports. I have noticed work going on that past few weeks around the foundations for the mainline supports.

https://www.42freeway.com/direct-connect-295-76-42-project-update-feb-2020-aerial-photos-and-video/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: bzakharin on February 19, 2020, 11:54:46 AM
There are VMS signs around the project area that I-295 Southbound will be closed (tonight I think, not sure). Does anyone know what they're doing?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 19, 2020, 12:04:18 PM
There are VMS signs around the project area that I-295 Southbound will be closed (tonight I think, not sure). Does anyone know what they're doing?

I thought it was Friday night, but either way - I believe they are just doing some repairs in the Aljo Curve (jersey barriers, etc).  They seem to have done some sort of full closure for a night about once a year since the project started.  Usually NJDOT will update their website Friday with a press release regarding the closure.

While on the subject, I noted yesterday a piece of the abutment wall on the north side of 42/76 at Browning Road has been knocked down.  I can't recall seeing that before, and with the other activity in the area I'm wondering if they're *finally* moving on the Browning Road Overpass.  I think I've actually seen some ground movement up on the hills next to Browning Road as well.  I've heard that they've finally resolved the issue and that this overpass should be fully replaced this year...just waiting for them to actually get moving on it!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 21, 2020, 01:19:42 PM
There are VMS signs around the project area that I-295 Southbound will be closed (tonight I think, not sure). Does anyone know what they're doing?

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200221_103405_I-295_southbound_to_Route_42_to_be_closed_and_detoured_overnight_for_Direct_Connection.pdf

Here's that press release.  It's tonight, and it's to repair some damaged jersey barriers.  They probably could leave the highway open and merge traffic down to one lane, but they've had a tendency to just shut the roadway down completely.

Now, if you notice, the detour sends traffic all the way to I-676's Exit 2, then back to I-76 to I-295 South.  This is probably to avoid traffic not familiar with the area getting off at the true next exit on I-76 for Market Street, as that will entail traffic getting back on I-76 East then needing to cross over 5 lanes in about 1/2 mile to get to 295 South.

That said, most traffic using 295 overnight will know that option, and will simply do that isntead. But by signing the detour further down the road, allowing for ample merging time, it limits the liability the construction contractor or NJDOT may have if someone has an accident trying to merge over 5 lanes in a very short distance.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Beltway on March 10, 2020, 10:25:01 AM
According to this article the Missing Moves Project was just awarded at $180 million, with construction to start this Spring.
https://www.42freeway.com/bellmawr-missing-moves-project-awarded-starts-spring-2020-180-million-project-to-connect-42n-to-295s-and-back-aerial-video/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 10, 2020, 12:21:50 PM
According to this article the Missing Moves Project was just awarded at $180 million, with construction to start this Spring.
https://www.42freeway.com/bellmawr-missing-moves-project-awarded-starts-spring-2020-180-million-project-to-connect-42n-to-295s-and-back-aerial-video/

Uhhhhhh….See my post above, from Jan 31:  https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=8539.msg2475491#msg2475491 .

Variable message signs have also been posted on the highways affected, stating construction will begin March 14.

The guy isn't bad, although yours truly gave him the guidance on where to get the info in the first place!  I quickly learned, after supplying him some info, that he won't give credit where credit is due, or will hold onto the information.  Later on, especially if additional information is gathered, then he'll utilize my info in his reporting - again, without credit. 

In other words - he's trying to make a name for himself.  He doesn't do a bad job and spends quite a bit of time working on his reports, but in the end he's like most reporters and bosses - if he can slide on acknowledging the source, he'll do so!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 21, 2020, 08:39:09 PM
https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200320_151410_I-295_and_Route_42_Missing_Moves_project_begins_in_Camden_County.pdf

As this press release was issued yesterday, it appears they will be starting the 295/42 Missing Moves project as scheduled.

Unfortunately the area on 295 between Exits 23 and 26 where the work will be taking place is a dead-zone when it comes to traffic cameras.  And with traffic being lighter than normal, any delay won't show up on traffic maps.  So I guess we'll see soon if they are actually doing the work.  I did notice a new 'Work Zone Ahead' sign on Rt. 55 approaching the 55/42 interchange.  There's already overlapping work zone signs on 295 for 2 separate projects (NJ 47 bridge replacement over 295, along with the 295/76/42 direct connection project), so I don't know if they ever added additional signage for this project.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 23, 2020, 08:01:54 AM
https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200320_151410_I-295_and_Route_42_Missing_Moves_project_begins_in_Camden_County.pdf

As this press release was issued yesterday, it appears they will be starting the 295/42 Missing Moves project as scheduled.

Unfortunately the area on 295 between Exits 23 and 26 where the work will be taking place is a dead-zone when it comes to traffic cameras.  And with traffic being lighter than normal, any delay won't show up on traffic maps.  So I guess we'll see soon if they are actually doing the work.  I did notice a new 'Work Zone Ahead' sign on Rt. 55 approaching the 55/42 interchange.  There's already overlapping work zone signs on 295 for 2 separate projects (NJ 47 bridge replacement over 295, along with the 295/76/42 direct connection project), so I don't know if they ever added additional signage for this project.

So they did the traffic shift, although it's one of the more odder shifts you'll see.  All it did was remove the shift for the 295/76/42 work and push downstream where the lanes shift, so you're actually driving in a straighter line.  But, it gives them more room to work where the take-off area will be for the 295 North to 42 South ramp.  If I can ever figure out how to post pics on here I'll do so.

Also, due to the multiple overlapping zones, there are a ton of orange signs out there, most of which in the order they're in won't make any sense.  You Start with a "Work Zone 1 mile", then a 1/4 mile later "Work Zone 1 mile", then literally 2 feet later, "Work Zone 2 miles".  It continues with similar measurements that are all over the place, such as "Work Zone 1500 Feet Ahead" followed by "End Work Zone" followed by "Work Ahead 1000 Feet".
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Hwy 61 Revisited on March 23, 2020, 12:03:06 PM
https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200320_151410_I-295_and_Route_42_Missing_Moves_project_begins_in_Camden_County.pdf

As this press release was issued yesterday, it appears they will be starting the 295/42 Missing Moves project as scheduled.

Unfortunately the area on 295 between Exits 23 and 26 where the work will be taking place is a dead-zone when it comes to traffic cameras.  And with traffic being lighter than normal, any delay won't show up on traffic maps.  So I guess we'll see soon if they are actually doing the work.  I did notice a new 'Work Zone Ahead' sign on Rt. 55 approaching the 55/42 interchange.  There's already overlapping work zone signs on 295 for 2 separate projects (NJ 47 bridge replacement over 295, along with the 295/76/42 direct connection project), so I don't know if they ever added additional signage for this project.

So they did the traffic shift, although it's one of the more odder shifts you'll see.  All it did was remove the shift for the 295/76/42 work and push downstream where the lanes shift, so you're actually driving in a straighter line.  But, it gives them more room to work where the take-off area will be for the 295 North to 42 South ramp.  If I can ever figure out how to post pics on here I'll do so.

Also, due to the multiple overlapping zones, there are a ton of orange signs out there, most of which in the order they're in won't make any sense.  You Start with a "Work Zone 1 mile", then a 1/4 mile later "Work Zone 1 mile", then literally 2 feet later, "Work Zone 2 miles".  It continues with similar measurements that are all over the place, such as "Work Zone 1500 Feet Ahead" followed by "End Work Zone" followed by "Work Ahead 1000 Feet".

To amend the words of Patrick Star:
"Why don't we take all those work zones
And put them all together?"
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on April 12, 2020, 03:24:36 PM
After a month and a half of postponements, the bids for the 295/42 Missing Moves project were finally received today.  South State, a contractor that does a lot of work for NJDOT, is the apparent high bidder at $180 million.  While higher than previous estimates, the latest request was to have $198 million available, so it's a bit under the most recent funding estimate.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf)


The contract has been awarded to South State.

The bid results are below.  For the roughly 1 mile ramp project, with associated modifications to the mainlines of 295, 42 & 55, this is a 4+ year project.  :rolleyes:

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf)
So it looks like 295 will be widened to 4 lanes in each direction between the new ramps and the Delsea Drive exit. I know the Creek Road overpass is going to be re-built, but I hadn't heard anything about the Almonesson Road overpass, I assume that one is going to get rebuilt also?
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on April 12, 2020, 09:48:35 PM
After a month and a half of postponements, the bids for the 295/42 Missing Moves project were finally received today.  South State, a contractor that does a lot of work for NJDOT, is the apparent high bidder at $180 million.  While higher than previous estimates, the latest request was to have $198 million available, so it's a bit under the most recent funding estimate.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf)


The contract has been awarded to South State.

The bid results are below.  For the roughly 1 mile ramp project, with associated modifications to the mainlines of 295, 42 & 55, this is a 4+ year project.  :rolleyes:

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf)
So it looks like 295 will be widened to 4 lanes in each direction between the new ramps and the Delsea Drive exit. I know the Creek Road overpass is going to be re-built, but I hadn't heard anything about the Almonesson Road overpass, I assume that one is going to get rebuilt also?
It looks like there is room enough now if they wanted to widen to 4 lanes plus shoulders under Almonesson (or just extend the accel/decel lanes along the shoulder under the bridge).  I'd be more concerned with the bridge across the Timber Creek.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 13, 2020, 01:35:59 AM
After a month and a half of postponements, the bids for the 295/42 Missing Moves project were finally received today.  South State, a contractor that does a lot of work for NJDOT, is the apparent high bidder at $180 million.  While higher than previous estimates, the latest request was to have $198 million available, so it's a bit under the most recent funding estimate.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf)


The contract has been awarded to South State.

The bid results are below.  For the roughly 1 mile ramp project, with associated modifications to the mainlines of 295, 42 & 55, this is a 4+ year project.  :rolleyes:

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf)
So it looks like 295 will be widened to 4 lanes in each direction between the new ramps and the Delsea Drive exit. I know the Creek Road overpass is going to be re-built, but I hadn't heard anything about the Almonesson Road overpass, I assume that one is going to get rebuilt also?

Based on pics I took at a public meeting in June, 2018, it appears the overpass stays and they just eliminate the right shoulder here, converting it to the 4th lane.

I saw the tree trimming on the south side of that bridge.  It appears they're removing the growth from over the years and will just plant grass on the embankment.

They actually went back and forth deciding if it would be widened to 4 lanes or kept at 3 lanes between Route 47 and the new ramp, with an important piece of that puzzle being the overpass over the creek. As they're going with 4 lanes, they will widen the overpass over the creek.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Alps on April 13, 2020, 10:51:36 AM
After a month and a half of postponements, the bids for the 295/42 Missing Moves project were finally received today.  South State, a contractor that does a lot of work for NJDOT, is the apparent high bidder at $180 million.  While higher than previous estimates, the latest request was to have $198 million available, so it's a bit under the most recent funding estimate.

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/apparentbids_19121701.pdf)


The contract has been awarded to South State.

The bid results are below.  For the roughly 1 mile ramp project, with associated modifications to the mainlines of 295, 42 & 55, this is a 4+ year project.  :rolleyes:

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf (https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/documents/BidTabsDP19144.pdf)
So it looks like 295 will be widened to 4 lanes in each direction between the new ramps and the Delsea Drive exit. I know the Creek Road overpass is going to be re-built, but I hadn't heard anything about the Almonesson Road overpass, I assume that one is going to get rebuilt also?

Based on pics I took at a public meeting in June, 2018, it appears the overpass stays and they just eliminate the right shoulder here, converting it to the 4th lane.

I saw the tree trimming on the south side of that bridge.  It appears they're removing the growth from over the years and will just plant grass on the embankment.

They actually went back and forth deciding if it would be widened to 4 lanes or kept at 3 lanes between Route 47 and the new ramp, with an important piece of that puzzle being the overpass over the creek. As they're going with 4 lanes, they will widen the overpass over the creek.
That's good news. After the US 130 split, there are a number of merges into I-295 with no added lane. Could probably use the 4th lane right now even without the Missing Moves.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 07, 2020, 06:27:51 PM
I saw this notice about overnight closures of the Creek Road overpass for utility relocation. I know they are re-building this bridge but I wonder if they are going to do it all at once, or split it half and half like they did with the Creek Road bridge over 42?

https://southjerseyobserver.com/2020/05/04/missing-moves-traffic-advisory-creek-road-bridge-over-i-295-overnight-closures-continue/
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 08, 2020, 05:07:31 PM
I saw this notice about overnight closures of the Creek Road overpass for utility relocation. I know they are re-building this bridge but I wonder if they are going to do it all at once, or split it half and half like they did with the Creek Road bridge over 42?

https://southjerseyobserver.com/2020/05/04/missing-moves-traffic-advisory-creek-road-bridge-over-i-295-overnight-closures-continue/

I had thought they are building the new bridge next to (just north of) the old bridge, so no closures are necessary.  I was a little unsure about that though when they were closing the current bridge to remove utility stuff, which I wouldn't think would be necessary at this point if the new bridge is to be built on a new alignment.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 13, 2020, 08:19:09 AM
I saw this notice about overnight closures of the Creek Road overpass for utility relocation. I know they are re-building this bridge but I wonder if they are going to do it all at once, or split it half and half like they did with the Creek Road bridge over 42?

https://southjerseyobserver.com/2020/05/04/missing-moves-traffic-advisory-creek-road-bridge-over-i-295-overnight-closures-continue/

I had thought they are building the new bridge next to (just north of) the old bridge, so no closures are necessary.  I was a little unsure about that though when they were closing the current bridge to remove utility stuff, which I wouldn't think would be necessary at this point if the new bridge is to be built on a new alignment.

I found a section of the plans that does show a new bridge being build just north of the current one so I am not sure why there would be utility re-location at this point. There was also a release from NJDOT today about overnight closures of the ramps from 42 to creek road  "in preparation of bridge demolition". This makes even less sense since there are no bridges anywhere near that that haven't already been replaced.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on May 31, 2020, 07:17:37 PM
Over the past few months there has been very little work on the Direct Connect project, although I did notice this week that they paved the approach up to where the temporary Browning Road overpass will go. On the other hand, there has been a lot of work happening on the Missing Moves project. I wonder why one is moving ahead but not the other.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on May 31, 2020, 08:35:15 PM
These two project names are confusing.  Whenever I hear "Direct Connection", I assume it's the project to complete the "Missing Moves" (via a 'direct connection' of course rather than the pair of ramps to make a U-turn at Market St.).  295 was never not "directly connected" to itself - it just shares roadway with 42/76 briefly with some slower speed curves and weaving.  It really should just be something like "Interchange Reconstruction" with the related "Missing Moves" project.

Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 01, 2020, 08:42:29 AM
Over the past few months there has been very little work on the Direct Connect project, although I did notice this week that they paved the approach up to where the temporary Browning Road overpass will go. On the other hand, there has been a lot of work happening on the Missing Moves project. I wonder why one is moving ahead but not the other.

Even though they're right next to each other, think of them as two separate and distinct projects that have nothing to do with each other.  They will both have their different circumstances and potential delays.  The first part of the project usually appears to go fast anyway, where there's a lot of preparation for what's to come.  However, we've seen just a little work so far in the grand scheme of things, most of it being fairly surface related.  When they get into building the mile-long ramp and when they start widening the overpasses over the rivers is where you'll see true progress (or true delays!).

Overall, the main interchange progress wasn't bad until about a year ago.  There was some sort of huge issue with the temp Browning Road overpass, which NJDOT has been quite silent about (and the news hasn't done any real investigating).  If they finally paved the approaches, that's a huge step in getting the old bridge replaced, which is holding up everything.

These two project names are confusing.  Whenever I hear "Direct Connection", I assume it's the project to complete the "Missing Moves" (via a 'direct connection' of course rather than the pair of ramps to make a U-turn at Market St.).  295 was never not "directly connected" to itself - it just shares roadway with 42/76 briefly with some slower speed curves and weaving.  It really should just be something like "Interchange Reconstruction" with the related "Missing Moves" project.

Those that go thru this interchange every day are probably more familiar with the referencing!

The name was derived a few decades ago when 295 truly had a break.  At that time both directions had a weaving movement with 76/42, so there was no 'direct' way to get thru this interchange without dealing with that weaving.  When NJ 42 was widened from 3 to 4 lanes in the late 1990's, it eliminated the Southbound weave. The Northbound weave wasn't eliminated until Contract 1 of the current project was underway.

Due to those curves - especially the Aljo curve on the Southbound side - the interchange still feels as if you're on a ramp to continue on 295 South, which still causes confusion with those not familiar with the interchange. 

When the project is done, 295 will have a smooth, direct feel thru it.

Besides..."Interchange Reconstruction" is so bland, that is basically what every interchange project is!
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 on June 01, 2020, 10:20:50 AM
Over the past few months there has been very little work on the Direct Connect project, although I did notice this week that they paved the approach up to where the temporary Browning Road overpass will go. On the other hand, there has been a lot of work happening on the Missing Moves project. I wonder why one is moving ahead but not the other.

Even though they're right next to each other, think of them as two separate and distinct projects that have nothing to do with each other.  They will both have their different circumstances and potential delays.  The first part of the project usually appears to go fast anyway, where there's a lot of preparation for what's to come.  However, we've seen just a little work so far in the grand scheme of things, most of it being fairly surface related.  When they get into building the mile-long ramp and when they start widening the overpasses over the rivers is where you'll see true progress (or true delays!).

Overall, the main interchange progress wasn't bad until about a year ago.  There was some sort of huge issue with the temp Browning Road overpass, which NJDOT has been quite silent about (and the news hasn't done any real investigating).  If they finally paved the approaches, that's a huge step in getting the old bridge replaced, which is holding up everything.


What I am not clear on is whether the slowdown on Direct Connect is related to an issue with the project, or is it related to COVID? Yes it has been going slow for a year, but it appears to have slowed down even more since COVID.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: Roadrunner75 on June 01, 2020, 11:09:08 AM
These two project names are confusing.  Whenever I hear "Direct Connection", I assume it's the project to complete the "Missing Moves" (via a 'direct connection' of course rather than the pair of ramps to make a U-turn at Market St.).  295 was never not "directly connected" to itself - it just shares roadway with 42/76 briefly with some slower speed curves and weaving.  It really should just be something like "Interchange Reconstruction" with the related "Missing Moves" project.

Those that go thru this interchange every day are probably more familiar with the referencing!

The name was derived a few decades ago when 295 truly had a break.  At that time both directions had a weaving movement with 76/42, so there was no 'direct' way to get thru this interchange without dealing with that weaving.  When NJ 42 was widened from 3 to 4 lanes in the late 1990's, it eliminated the Southbound weave. The Northbound weave wasn't eliminated until Contract 1 of the current project was underway.

Due to those curves - especially the Aljo curve on the Southbound side - the interchange still feels as if you're on a ramp to continue on 295 South, which still causes confusion with those not familiar with the interchange. 

When the project is done, 295 will have a smooth, direct feel thru it.

Besides..."Interchange Reconstruction" is so bland, that is basically what every interchange project is!
I do get what they mean, but I think it's still too close to "Missing Moves" in name that it can cause confusion.  I grew up practically within walking distance of this interchange and I've driven through it far more times than I can count (and even bicycled over it!).  I've never felt it was not a "direct connection" - just a lousy interchange shoehorned into a tight space but with a giant flashing arrow that always meant "you're almost home".  I've tested the handling limits of multiple cars roaring through the Aljo curve and I'll miss that part of it.  It never really bothered me that much, but I know that it needs this reconfiguration.  But as for the weaving, that was only to change to 42/76 and vice versa - 295 and 42/76 always maintained their own lanes so you didn't need to weave across traffic to stay on your own route - You just had to watch out for the clown who was coming over into your lane.  That's why I don't think of it as fixing what was already a 'direct connection' - it's really just fixing some tight curves and converting a short weave area connecting the two routes into ramps.

As for the name, their marketing department could have done better.  I'm assuming "direct connection" came long before someone coined "missing moves".  What about the new ramps as the sequel: "Direct Connection II - Missing Moves".  Or given current events, rename it to "Flatten the Curve".  What about "Dream Weaver"?  "Scared Straight?"  "Re-Grading on the curve"?  I'll be here all week, folks.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 01, 2020, 03:37:27 PM
Over the past few months there has been very little work on the Direct Connect project, although I did notice this week that they paved the approach up to where the temporary Browning Road overpass will go. On the other hand, there has been a lot of work happening on the Missing Moves project. I wonder why one is moving ahead but not the other.

Even though they're right next to each other, think of them as two separate and distinct projects that have nothing to do with each other.  They will both have their different circumstances and potential delays.  The first part of the project usually appears to go fast anyway, where there's a lot of preparation for what's to come.  However, we've seen just a little work so far in the grand scheme of things, most of it being fairly surface related.  When they get into building the mile-long ramp and when they start widening the overpasses over the rivers is where you'll see true progress (or true delays!).

Overall, the main interchange progress wasn't bad until about a year ago.  There was some sort of huge issue with the temp Browning Road overpass, which NJDOT has been quite silent about (and the news hasn't done any real investigating).  If they finally paved the approaches, that's a huge step in getting the old bridge replaced, which is holding up everything.


What I am not clear on is whether the slowdown on Direct Connect is related to an issue with the project, or is it related to COVID? Yes it has been going slow for a year, but it appears to have slowed down even more since COVID.

Not COVID related.

Currently they're in Contract 3 (of 4).  Contract 1 is done, and I believe Contract 2 is finished as well.  Contract 4 won't go out to bid until 2021.  So basically what's left in Contract 3 deals with the Browning Road overpass and the 295 viaduct over 42 and over Browning Road.  Quite a bit of the issue is the Browning Road overpass will be lengthened and get new supports in different locations.  42/76 will be temporarily relocated in the area where the supports are now.  So until that old bridge can be removed, it's in the way of the temporary traffic plan for 42/76.

Could they just take advantage of the less traffic now and just shut down a lane or two?  While it's possible, that are probably more impacts than just to traffic, so a delay is just easier to deal with.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 04, 2020, 03:29:32 PM
While these press releases are never going to win awards for total accuracy, everything they are doing with the Creek Road overpass seems to indicate a knockdown and replacement-in-place, rather than an offset new bridge then demolishing the old bridge:

https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/uploads/comm/news/details/comm_np_20200601_123212_Creek_Road_Bridge_over_I_295_overnight_closures_continue_as_Missing_Moves_project_advances.pdf

Also, there is temporary signage on large telephone poles, as existing signage on this overpass and elsewhere needs to be removed.  Those temp signs took a beating in yesterday's wind and rain in the area, with some of the poles tilted out of place.  The signage remains standing, but they'll need to fix these up before they totally fail.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole 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.
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: danlb_2000 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?

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fjycJmfvgkPMyR8jPTPe3pISoIbE2QaJTwdnIdSsiOlCeDyZOiXQAuxJXp3vb-w17PNW8d2FivrGXUuZzap_t0x9WjRKnnw2EKH3bBUGultbSJVjRzh8r7OKUP1QRnzlbJAR6a-kQY5EYiHFvtc1J-tg=w1147-h496-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: NJ - 295/76/42 Direct Connection Construction
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 27, 2020, 11:54:39 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fjycJmfvgkPMyR8jPTPe3pISoIbE2QaJTwdnIdSsiOlCeDyZOiXQAuxJXp3vb-w17PNW8d2FivrGXUuZzap_t0x9WjRKnnw2EKH3bBUGultbSJVjRzh8r7OKUP1QRnzlbJAR6a-kQY5EYiHFvtc1J-tg=w1147-h496-no?authuser=0)

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.