(Lindenwold, NJ) – Camden County Commissioner Al Dyer was notified by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) of overnight closures next week of the I-295 southbound ramp to Route 42 southbound and I-295 southbound as the Direct Connection project advances.
“Residents should be aware that in addition to this ramp closure, the ongoing construction will continue to impact their commute for the duration of the project,” said Dyer, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “When this project is completed, it will alleviate much of the traffic congestion currently experienced on a daily basis. It will be a monumental change for this highway interchange creating a substantial upgrade to the current configuration.”
Beginning at 9 p.m., Monday, January 11, until 5 a.m. the next morning, and continuing Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., the next day, NJDOT’s contractor, South State, Inc., will close the I-295 southbound ramp to Route 42 southbound and I-295 southbound, also known as Al-Jo’s Curve, for the installation of a flashing warning beacon at Exit 26. All motorists traveling on I-295 southbound will be directed to stay left onto Exit 26. The following detour will be in place overnight:
I-295 southbound to Route 42 southbound/I-295 southbound detour:
- Motorists traveling on I-295 southbound to Route 42 southbound will be directed to exit left at Exit 26/I-76 westbound
- Take I-76 westbound to Exit 2/I-676 northbound
- Take I-676 northbound to Exit 1/Collings Avenue
- Turn right onto Collings Avenue
- Turn left onto I-676 southbound which becomes I-76 eastbound
- Take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1A/I-295 southbound
The work is part of the 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 2024. NJDOT’s project website provides construction activity schedules and updates.
Portable variable message signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.