Long Term Route 1 Construction Project Begins

Milling and resurfacing project on both sides of Route 1 is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.

A long-term construction project to improve Route 1 is expected to continue into the summer of 2013.

The work by the New Jersey Department of Transportation includes milling and resurfacing Route 1 on both the northbound and southbound sides of the roadway. 

In addition, the Route 1 and New Road intersection will also receive repairs to the curbing and drainage. The project will also include sections of Plainsboro and North Brunswick. 

The contractor will be performing the shoulder improvements during the hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The milling and resurfacing work will be done from 9 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 

Residents are advised to expect delays and plan trips that include traveling on Route 1 accordingly. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 5, 2013.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation plans to mill and repave the roadway from College Road in Plainsboro through South Brunswick and into North Brunswick. 

Once the repaving work is finished, the DOT is expected to begin a project to reconfigure the jughandle at the intersection of Route 1 and New Road. 

The $8.5 million project will mainline in both directions, with a new surface course of asphalt pavement, according to the DOT. The paving will also address Route 1 shoulders and selected ramps. 

Route 1 southbound will be resurfaced from south of Route 91 (Jersey Avenue) interchange in North Brunswick to just north of the College Road interchange in Plainsboro.

The work on the  will move the jughandle outlet further back towards the middle of New Road in the direction of Route 522 to allow improved access for motorists.

New Road will be widened east of Route 1 and will be restriped, which will provide an additional travel lane in both directions.  A right-hand turn lane from New Road east onto Route 1 south will be reconfigured to accommodate a shared thru lane/right-hand turn lane, the DOT said. The traffic signal will also be modified at the intersection.

The DOT expects the jughandle project to be completed during the summer of 2013, weather permitting.

In addition to the work repaving Route 1, the DOT will also address drainage issues at the intersection of Route 1 and Ridge Road next year. The $2.2 million project is expected to begin in the fall of 2013, with officials hoping the work will eliminate the flooding issues at the location during heavy rainfall.

Motorists are encouraged to check the DOT’s traffic information website at www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.


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RC135U August 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Sure would be helpful if DOT would add a third lane in the South Brunswick stretch of Route 1. For some unexplained reason this remains a choke point for rush hour traffic, with only two lanes available in each direction vs. three to the north and south. Some years ago before the widening projects DOT allowed the shoulders to be used as travel lanes during rush hours. It was a simple and cost effective way to expand traffic capacity on an interim basis.


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