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Construction of the new Hackensack River bridge linking Jersey City and Kearny, N.J., via New Jersey Route 7 has taken a big step forward with the recent and long-awaited installation of the lift span deck. The new structure, which will replace the existing 90-year-old Wittpenn Bridge, was supposed to begin carrying traffic last year, but a harsh winter in 2018 and additional time needed to put in place mechanisms to raise the bridge caused delays, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Completion of the long-awaited U.S. Highway 206/Peter J. Biondi Bypass will be delayed until spring, 2021, while the state's Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is expected to begin preliminary work on the widening of the state highway in the vicinity of Camplain Road and the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad trestle.

Warren County, N.J., freeholders on Sept. 23 voted to support Knowlton Township's request to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for an s-curve safety, mobility and congestion transportation problem statement for a section of Interstate 80 that winds through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined public and private officials Sept. 15 at a ceremonial groundbreaking on the $595 million Raritan River Bridge replacement project. The event marked the beginning of construction to replace the existing swing-span bridge, known as River Draw, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and has experienced recurring maintenance issues.

The state of New Jersey is seeking public input on a proposed $95 million enterprise it said will improve traffic flow by creating a junction between a heavily congested portion of Route 15 and Interstate 80 in Morris County. Dubbed the I-80/Route 15 Interchange Improvements project, a portion of the large-scale roadway effort will be located in Rockaway Township, Wharton and Dover.

Construction on the long-awaited Route 7/Wittpen Bridge in Jersey City should conclude in 2022, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), which is overseeing the project. But the agency also said vehicle traffic could be moving over the bridge as early as next year.

Gov. Phil Murphy's approval in late June of toll hikes for three major New Jersey highways are good for road infrastructure and a boost to the state's economy, according to top construction experts. Murphy announced tolls would rise by 36 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike and 37 percent on the Garden State Parkway, according to news reports.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced June 19 that the Portal North Bridge replacement — a key component of the broader Gateway Project that includes building a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel — has officially moved forward into the engineering phase of the program.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's $90.3 million state-funded project to rehabilitate the 82-year-old nine-span Route 495 viaduct in North Bergen continues toward completion, the agency reported June 15. Route 495 itself is an important 3.45-mi.-long, divided urban freeway in Hudson County that connects the New Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced the awarding of 12 Airport Improvement Program grants totaling more than $4.8 million in state funds to support airport safety and improvement projects. These grants, which leverage federal funding and airport contributions, will support a total of $31.4 million worth of work.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced $30.1 million in grants as part of the Local Freight Impact Fund program that help counties and municipalities provide for the safe movement of large truck traffic. "These Local Freight Impact Fund grants allow counties and municipalities to make critical improvements to truck routes that are essential to keeping our regional economy thriving," NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.