Turnpike Update: New Roundabout to Change Traffic On East 51st, 52nd, and 53rd Streets


Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and its contractors have provided new information to the City of Bayonne about the reconstruction of the area around the 14A toll plaza. 

On the first weekend in March, eastbound 53rd Street was reopened between Broadway and Avenue E, two months ahead of schedule.  Two-way traffic resumed going in and out of Bayonne. Motorists can follow the new roundabout to the toll plaza or continue south on Avenue E.

Access to East 52nd Street will only be available via southbound Avenue E. 

East 51st Street will be a right turn only onto southbound Avenue E.  Direct access to northbound Avenue E and the toll plaza will no longer be available from East 51st Street. 

In the toll plaza area, new construction is continuing in the east toll lane.  Renovation work is moving ahead at the existing toll plaza building.  Installation of temporary canopy lighting is going forward.  Some temporary toll lane closures are expected in April.

At the ramps between the toll plaza and the Hudson County Extension widening work continues.  Local street level work continues at Garfield Avenue, Avenue C, and Kennedy Boulevard bridge abutments and piers.  Single daytime lane closures will be used. Activity continues on the new variable message sign at the base of the Newark Bay Bridge. 

At the northern end of Avenue E, by the developing roundabout, deep foundation work continues in dedicated work zones.  New bridge column and pier cap construction work is moving ahead.  Roadway drainage, lighting, signals, and pavement construction are going forward.  Deep foundation work has started on the NJ Transit property in the vicinity of the former gas station at 51st Street.

In mid-May, structural steel is expected to arrive for use on Avenue E.

At the moment, there is no work to report concerning the connector bridge from the toll plaza to Port Jersey Boulevard. 

Drainage and utility work continue on Pulaski Street near Route 440.  Crews continue to install temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Route 440 and Pulaski Street.  On the northbound side of Route 440, there will be a slight reduction in lane size in the near future. 

In the ramp area east of Route 440, ground improvements are continuing.  These include the installation of concrete columns and the construction of a new embankment.  Wall construction is moving ahead.