Drawbridge to be closed to vehicular traffic for maintenance repairs an estimated three weekends in a row in Paulsboro
(Trenton) - NJDOT officials today announced a planned series of full closures of the Route 44 (Crown Point Road) drawbridge over the Mantua Creek in Paulsboro over the next three weekends for maintenance repair work.
Beginning around 4 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, the bridge will be closed to motorists in both directions with the structure anticipated to be reopened by 5 a.m. on Monday, December 3.
· Route 44 southbound motorists will take Mantua Grove Road to I-295/Route 130 southbound to CR 678/Berkley Road west to Route 44.
· Route 44 northbound motorists will take CR 678/Berkley Road east to I-295/Route 130 northbound to Mantua Grove Road to Route 44.
The following two (2) consecutive weekend closures are also planned to complete this work, utilizing the same closure intervals and detours listed above: 12/7/12 and 12/14/12. If the work is completed earlier, all three weekend closures will not be necessary. NJDOT will utilize dynamic message signs on Route 44 and Interstate 295 to alert motorists of the bridge closures and detours.
Maintenance repair work and rebalancing the lift-span will require that the drawbridge be pinned in the raised position. NJDOT has planned the closures over weekend periods to minimize the impact to Route 44 motorists. Waterway traffic will not be impeded by the construction.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.