Construction on Route 130 may force some motorists to think twice when traveling to their favorite getaway this weekend. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced it will close the drawbridge over Raccoon Creek in Logan Township for five consecutive weekends due to bridge repairs.
The bridge will close officially around 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and remain closed until Monday, Oct. 22. Following closures will take place on Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.
The closure will force motorists to take alternative routes, which may include utilizing Route 322 or Interstate 295 as a detour.
Access to Gloucester County Dream Park will still be open from Route 130 northbound. Those who plan on entering the park from the southbound side of Route 130, will have to follow a detour to northbound in order to enter the park.
In addition, each weekend the Route 322 ramp connections to Route 130 southbound will be restricted. Dynamic message signs will be used to notify motorists on Route 130, as well as Interstate 295 and Route 322.
Several structural repairs will also be made, along with new retaining walls on both sides of the bridge. While this current project is only estimated to take five weekends to complete, NJDOT announced it is planning to replace the existing drawbridge over Raccoon Creek with an elevated, fixed-span bridge some time in the future as the project is currently in design.
While construction may be delayed due to unforeseen weather conditions, NJDOT says it is possible construction may not take as long as expected. Motorists are encouraged to look for updates on 511nj.org prior to travel.