GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 8, 2023)(CNBNews)—The underpass of Klemm Avenue under 42/I-76 has finally opened today, on Friday, December 8, after being closed for nearly a year. During this time, traffic coming in and out of the city had to be detoured to other highways.
The construction project, which cost $57.2 million, began in February 2022 and was completed on time and on budget. The construction work included the replacement of the I-76 Bridge over Klemm Avenue, Conrail, and the South Branch of Newton Creek. The bridge replacement was done in stages using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods, which involved using prefabricated materials to minimize the impact to traffic and reduce construction time.
Moreover, the project also replaced the noise walls on the bridge and on the approach roadway, as well as two overhead sign structures. Improvements were made to ramps, drainage, lighting, guiderail, and ITS components within the project limits. It's worth mentioning that I-76 carries an average of 200,000 vehicles each day.
Finally, motorists are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest construction updates and real-time travel information by checking NJDOT's traffic information website at www.511nj.org. Additionally, NJDOT news can be followed on Twitter @NewJerseyDOT and their Facebook page.