NJDOT to Close I-295 North and Route 42 North Ramp to I-295 North Overnight in Bellmawr

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(Lindenwold, NJ) – Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, has been informed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) of overnight closures this weekend of I-295 northbound and the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound as NJDOT’s Direct Connection project continues in Camden and Gloucester counties.

Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 7 until 5 a.m. Friday morning, and again from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday morning, I-295 northbound will be closed with traffic detoured onto I-76 westbound, and the Route 42 northbound ramp to I-295 northbound will be closed and detoured for milling and paving of I-295 and placement of construction barriers on the ramps.

“Motorists driving through the area can expect more traffic than usual, sudden stops and possible congestion while the project is underway,” Shin Angulo said. “Until construction is completed, motorists should plan to take alternate routes around the construction zone and if you are driving through the area take extra caution and time to get to your location.”

Two right lanes of I-76 westbound will be closed from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. both evenings during construction as part of the demolition of an overpass that began last week.

The following detours will be in effect:

I-295 northbound

  • Motorists traveling on I-295 north will be directed to stay left and take Exit 26 for I-76 westbound
  • Once on I-76 westbound, stay right and take Exit 2 for I-676 northbound
  • Take Exit 1, Collins Avenue
  • Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Collins Avenue and turn left onto I-676 south to I-76 east
  • Take Exit 1B to I-295 north

Route 42 northbound to I-295 northbound

  • Motorists traveling on Route 42 north will be directed to stay on Route 42, which becomes I-76 westbound
  • Once on I-76 westbound, stay right and take Exit 2 for I-676 northbound
  • Take Exit 1, Collins Avenue
  • Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Collins Avenue and turn left onto I-676 south to I-76 east
  • Take Exit 1B to I-295 north

Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with Direct Connection. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming lane closures or traffic shifts.

This work is part of the $900 million Direct Connection project that will provide a seamless route for I-295 motorists traveling through the interchange of I-295, I-76, and Route 42. The Direct Connection project has been divided into four separate construction contracts, with completion of the fourth and final contract expected in the fall of 2021. NJDOT’s project websiteprovides construction activity schedules and updates.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news can be found on Twitter @NJDOT_info.