Turnpike Update: Traffic Reversal on 53rd Street


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 Monday, March 28, the City of Bayonne reversed the temporary direction of traffic on 53rd Street between Broadway and Avenue C. On a temporary basis, traffic on that portion of West 53rd Street had been running westbound towards Avenue C. Effective Monday, March 28, traffic on that portion of West 53rd Street has been restored to its traditional eastbound direction. The Bayonne Police Department assigned officers to assist motorists to drive eastbound again between Avenue C and Broadway. Once again, vehicles should now be driving from west to east, from Avenue C towards Broadway, on the portion of 53rd Street between Avenue C and Broadway.

In the toll plaza area, workers are continuing with new east toll lane construction. Renovation work is moving ahead at the existing toll plaza building. At a point in April to be determined, toll lanes one and two will be opened, and toll lanes three and four will be closed. During the weekend of the opening, northbound Avenue E will be reduced temporarily to a single lane between 52nd Street and the toll plaza to implement this change.

On the ramps between the toll plaza and the Turnpike’s Hudson County Extension, widening work continues. Concrete is being placed for bridge and wall parapets along Frontage Road (along the City Line) and on Garfield Avenue bridge and grading embankment slopes for topsoil and seeding. Roadway and embankment grading will be performed in advance of paving in early April. Local street level work on Kennedy Boulevard, Avenue C, and Garfield Avenue bridges will continue, with some lane closures required. Single daytime land closures will be used when needed. Temporary support towers will be located below the Avenue C bridge. Sidewalk passage will be maintained. Work continues on a variable message sign at the base of the Turnpike’s Newark Bay Bridge. A temporary barrier curb along the ramp west of Avenue C will be removed by Memorial Day or earlier. The ramp work zone will switch to the left (median) and all traffic pushed to the outside shoulder by late April 2016.

Construction continues on the new connector bridge approach retaining walls near 53rd Street. Work is taking place in a dedicated work area. New bridge pier construction activity will continue, along with work on drill shafts for the new structure. Deep foundation work will continue along the New Jersey Transit tracks in the old gas station property at the very northern end of Avenue E. New bridge column and pier cap construction will continue near 51st Street and Avenue E.

At the intersection of Route 440 and Pulaski Street, drainage and other utility work are continuing. Northbound and southbound Route 440 traffic has been shifted outward to create a median work zone. Temporary traffic signals at this intersection were activated on Wednesday, March 23.

Pier and column work continue for the forthcoming new connector bridge between the Turnpike and Route 440. Deep foundation work continues for the new ramp over Route 440. Deep foundation construction for the new connector bridge is beginning. The 440/Pulaski jug-handle has been shifted onto temporary pavement. Structural steel erection for the new connector bridge along Avenue E will begin in mid-May. In late June or early July 2016, there will be a need for towers for the structural steel.

In the ramp area east of Route 440, the installation of concrete columns, the construction of a new embankment, and other ground improvements continue. In early May 2016, traffic will shift onto Chosin Few Way (between Port Jersey Boulevard and Pulaski Street). In mid-April, the northbound Route 440 ramp to the Turnpike will be shifted onto a new alignment and tie into Port Jersey Boulevard. Construction of a mechanically stabilized wall is continuing. New bridge abutment construction is moving ahead.