The I-195 overpass over the New Jersey Turnpike will be restricted to a single lane westbound for up to six weeks, following the damage when a dump-truck crashed near the Turnpike’s Exit 7A and burst into flames beneath the overpass on Wednesday, killing the driver.
The usual two eastbound travel lanes on the heavily traveled overpass will be maintained, according to the state Department of Transportation. Fortunately, a new overpass was being built, anyway, in connection with the widening of the Turnpike to six lanes in each direction for the 35 miles from Exit 9 to Exit 6.
The overpass, adjacent to the damaged structure, was scheduled to be ready in six weeks, and Turnpike officials will work with the contractor to accelerate that schedule, according to NJDOT.
When the new overpass is ready, traffic is to be shifted onto it and the damaged overpass will be demolished as planned, officials said.