The New Jersey Dept. of Transportation (NJDOT) is planning to close a three-tenths of a mile stretch of Route 5 between Fort Lee and neighboring Edgewater completely in both directions beginning today. The closure will be in effect for approximately one month, NJDOT officials announced Friday.
The road closure and resulting detours are part of a $3.8 million project to “remove and stabilize” loose rock along the western edge of Route 5 between the Fort Lee Pump Station and Undercliff Ave., officials said.
The closure is necessary for safety purposes during rock scaling operations, officials said in a statement.
Eastbound traffic on Route 5, or traffic heading from Fort Lee to Edgewater will be detoured north on Palisade Ave. to Main St., east to River Rd. and south into Edgewater. Traffic in the opposite direction will be detoured north on River Rd. to Bruce Reynolds Blvd. in Fort Lee, west to Martha Washington Way, south to Palisade Ave. and south to where Palisade Ave. meets up with Route 5.
“Variable message signs” will be used to keep drivers informed of changes in traffic patterns during construction, and the precise timing of the work is subject to change “due to weather or other factors,” NJDOT officials said, adding that they expect the entire project to be completed by late summer 2012.
For more on the project, visit http://fortlee.patch.com/articles/state-dot-to-close-route-5-between-fort-lee-edgewater-for-month.