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Direct Connection Project Work to Impact Traffic This Week

Closures and lane shifts begin Wednesday night.

A series of overnight ramp closures and lane shifts will take place this week as part of the Direct Connection project in Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City.

“Whenever you are driving through a road construction zone, please stay prepared for traffic pattern changes and be observant of instructions on the electronic message boards,” Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, said. “Residents should be aware that this construction will impact their commute and their communities for several years.”

Work will vary each night, requiring specific detours as follows:

Wednesday, May 7
At 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 through about 5 a.m. Thursday, May 8, I-76 westbound Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound) will be closed for the removal of overhead sign structure. Motorists on I-76 westbound will be directed to stay right and take the I-676 split (Exit 2) to Collings Road (Exit 1) westbound. Motorists take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1C (Route 130 southbound) to the Market Street Exit to Route 130 northbound.

Thursday, May 8
At 9 p.m. Thursday, May 8 through about 5 a.m. Friday, May 9, the ramp from I-295 southbound to Route 42 southbound will be closed for milling and paving. Motorists on I-295 southbound will be directed to Exit 26 to I-76 westbound to Exit 1C (Market Street westbound) to I-76 eastbound which becomes Route 42 southbound.

Friday, May 9
At 9 p.m. Friday, May 9 through about 5 a.m. Saturday, May 10, the ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-295 southbound will be closed for milling and paving. Motorists on I-76 eastbound will be directed to Exit 1B (I-295 northbound) to Exit 28 (Route 168) where they will cross over the highway and get on I-295 southbound.

Weekend Closure Friday, May 9 through Monday, May 12
At 10 p.m. Friday, May 9 through about 5 a.m. Monday, May 12, I-76 westbound Exit 1C (Market Street) and Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound) will be closed. Motorists on I-76 westbound will be directed to stay right and take the I-676 split (Exit 2) to Collings Road (Exit 1) westbound. Motorists take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1C (Route 130 southbound) to the Market Street Exit to Route 130 northbound.

“The traffic delays caused by the merging of these roadways are a daily nightmare for motorists each rush hour,” Leonard said.  “The state is undertaking a monumental change to this highway interchange by creating a substantial upgrade to the current configuration.  It is also has a significant impact on Camden County motorists and several municipalities.”

The precise timing of the projects is subject to change due to weather or other factors.  Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

--Press release from the Camden County Freeholders

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