Emergency repairs shut down 2 lanes of I-495 in North Bergen until Monday

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation began emergency bridge repairs late last night, closing the two left lanes of I-495 East late last night through early Monday morning.

A file photo via the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
A file photo via the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Beginning at 10:00 p.m., Friday NJ DOT’s contractor, Mount Construction, closed the two left lanes on I-495 eastbound at mile post 0.85, prior to where I-495 crosses over Route 1&9 to repair a collapsed expansion joint.

These lane closures are similar to what was done last month, when repairs were made on the right two lanes. The construction will last through the weekend until 4 a.m Monday morning.

Additionally, the ramp from Route 3 eastbound to I-495 east will be reduced to one lane, and the left lane on I-495 east will be closed approaching the repair area. At least two travel lanes on I-495 east will be maintained at all times.

The closures will permit the reconstruction of the west abutment header and repair of the deteriorated anchor system for the existing steel joint casting plates.

Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to seek alternate routes, such as the George Washington Bridge or the Holland Tunnel. Meanwhile, I-495 west will not be affected.

Furthermore, the NJ DOT is using Variable Message Signs to provide advance notification to motorists of any traffic pattern changes associated with the emergency bridge repairs. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.