Major Construction Expected for Shore-Bound Drivers

Drivers headed to the shore for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations might for the first time see major construction at a South Jersey trouble spot.

It's part of a long-term project to fix the maze of highways where Route 42 and I-295 meet.

New Jersey Department of Transportation spokesman Joe Dee says for this summer season, there won't be disruptions for drivers headed down Route 42 past I-295. But they will see construction vehicles preparing to bring two sections of 295 together.

"It's a spot on the road where people going south on 295 are weaving to the left to stay on 42 and head up to 76 towards Philadelphia," Dee said. "While at the same time, people on 42 North headed to Trenton have to weave to the right, so it's just not a good situation."

Dee says the weaving makes the area one of the highest accident areas in New Jersey, and that's why construction will last until 2021.

"There's an awful lot of work to do here but at the end of the day there will be a direct connection for 295 motorists and there won't be all this weaving back and forth."

The first changes should be seen by the end of this year.

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