The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has announced that the bridge over Route 33 directly linking East Windsor Turnpike Interchange 8 and New Jersey Route 133 will be opening this Thursday, weather permitting.
This bridge opening will allow drivers exiting the Turnpike at Exit 8 to directly access Route 133 westbound; drivers traveling eastbound on Route 133 will likewise be able to directly access the Turnpike at Exit 8. Now, drivers will no longer be required to cross Route 33 using the traffic signal underneath the bridge.
"The New Jersey Turnpike created many local traffic issues by opening the new East Windsor Interchange 8 earlier this year without the accompanying planned and needed infrastructure and improvements in place, such as this bridge, left-turning lanes and clear signing and road markings," East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said. "Accordingly, we are relieved that the new bridge is finally opening and hopefully will be a step forward in helping to facilitate better safety and traffic flow, also reducing periodic traffic delays for residents in the area of Exit 8.”
The bridge construction was a part of the Turnpike Widening Program. The entire New Jersey Turnpike Widening Project remains set for completion in mid-2014, according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. At the completion of the project, there will be a 12-lane dual-dual car-truck roadway from Exit 6 to Exit 9. Currently, south of Exit 8A and before to East Windsor Exit 8, the number of travel lanes is halved from six to three, creating congestions and deadlocks, especially during peak travel hours.
The NJ Turnpike Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program consists of approximately 35 miles of road widening and associated interchange improvements from Exit 6, in Mansfield Township Burlington County (Milepost 48) to just south of Exit 9 in East Brunswick Township, Middlesex County (Milepost 83).
“East Windsor Township will continue to pro-actively work with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority through the widening project, so that the outstanding work and many remaining improvements and remedial work are addressed, as the Turnpike Authority moves forward in completing the entire project,” Mironov said.
For additional widening project details and updates, residents and businesses can visit www.njturnpikewidening.com, or call the Widening Program’s question line at 1-877-658-9433.