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Route 23 Lane Closure on Saturday

Release Date: November 20, 2020
Due to the bridge replacement advances in Sussex County, there will be a lane closure. Southbound traffic will be shifted onto newly completed bridge.

For Immediate Release:                                              
November 20, 2020


(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a weekend lane closure with alternating traffic on Route 23 as the Bridge over Beaver Run replacement project advances in Wantage, Sussex County.

Beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday, November 21, until 3 p.m., NJDOT’s Contractor, Konkus Corp., is scheduled to close one lane on Route 23 near the Bridge over Beaver Run in Wantage, Sussex County.  One lane will be maintained using alternating traffic.  This closure will allow the contractor to install construction barrier to prepare for a traffic shift. 

By 3 p.m., on Saturday, southbound traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge to allow for demolition of the temporary bridge, and removal of the existing eastern portion of the old bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in this configuration for the next several months. Route 23 northbound traffic was shifted onto the new structure during a previous stage of the project.

The $3.8 million federally-funded Route 23 Bridge over the Beaver Run branch of the Wallkill River project will fully replace a structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge with a three-sided precast concrete arch. The new bridge will have a 12-foot travel lane and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction, as well as a sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. The project will also replace the existing guiderail and resurface the bridge approaches. The bridge replacement project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

Variable message signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the bridge replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before any upcoming road or ramp closures.

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 for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

If you have any questions, please contract Anthony Sytko, Regional Coordinator of Community Relations, NJDOT-Office of Community and Constituent Relations at (609) 963-1982. 

Thank you, 


Susan Durkee 

New Jersey Department of Transportation  

Office of Community & Constituent Relations 

1035 Parkway Avenue, P.O. Box 600 

Trenton, NJ 08625-0600