DOT Reopens All Lanes of I-195 Overpass
The overpass was reduced to one lane westbound on Oct. 3 following a fatal accident and worries there might be structural damage. Tests show the overpass is safe, officials say.
Both westbound lanes of the I-195 overpass across the NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville will be reopened by Wednesday morning, New Jersey DOT Commissioner James Simpson announced on Tuesday.
This restores all four travel lanes on the overpass, two in each direction.
The lanes will remain open until traffic can be shifted to a new overpass, which is expected to be complete in about two months.
Officials reported on Tuesday that sophisticated load testing of the beams that support the overpass showed it is safe for vehicles on all lanes.
A new I-195 overpass is being built in connection with the widening of the Turnpike from three to six lanes in each direction.
The new overpass, which is adjacent to the damaged structure, sustained no damage. When the new overpass is completed, traffic will be shifted onto it and the damaged overpass will be demolished.