A little traffic ease for the Holiday season RT,46 RT,23 I,80

20 11 2007

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New Jersey

Although completion of repairs still is a year away, the bridges, ramps and travel lanes on Routes 80, 46 and 23 will be opened for the holiday season, state Transportation Department officials announced Monday.

The highway plan would make it easer for motorists to shop and travel from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri said.

The roadway upgrades are part of a regional initiative by the DOT to improve the Route 46 corridor from Clifton to Fairfield, Kolluri said. The $70 million project to renovate the three routes and their nexus — also known as the “Spaghetti Bowl” — is in its final stages and should be completed by November 2008.

Once completed, the project will have replaced nine bridge decks, realigned and resurfaced roadways, modified ramps and added signs, lighting, guide rails and acceleration and deceleration lanes.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, who has guided appropriation of millions of dollars for the renovation of the “Spaghetti Bowl” while on the House Transportation Committee, said he appreciated the move by the DOT and that the area’s commuters would have an easier time.

“Commerce will be made easier and families will feel safer on the renovated roadway,” Pascrell said in a statement. northjersey.com

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