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Route 295 northbound lane closures tonight in Bellmawr

(Trenton) May 29, 2015-- New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced lane closures on Route 295 northbound tonight to set up a new traffic pattern as part of the Direct Connect Project in Bellmawr, Camden County.

Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Friday May 29, NJDOT’s contractor PKF Mark III, Inc. will close two lanes on Route 295 northbound to set up a new traffic pattern to set up a safe work zone. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. The lanes are scheduled to be reopened by 7 a.m. Saturday with the new configuration in place.

The new traffic pattern on Route 295 northbound just prior to the Creek Road Bridge is expected to be in place for two months and will include:

· Shifting the Left and Center lanes to the left


· Shifting the right lane to the far right, in a single lane “cattle chute” separated from the center and left lanes by a construction barrier for approximately 1,000 feet


· All three lanes will rejoin shortly past the split and continue to Exit 26


The work is part of the $900 million Direct Connection project that will provide a seamless route for I-295 motorists traveling through the interchange of I-295, I-76, and Route 42. The Direct Connection project has been divided into four separate construction contracts, with completion of the fourth and final contract expected in the fall of 2021. NJDOT's project website provides construction activity schedules and updates.


Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with Direct Connection.

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,, for real-time travel information and plan their trips accordingly.