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New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced Little Ferry Circle will be permanently closed tonight and replaced by a conventional four-way intersection at Route 46 and Bergen Turnpike in Little Ferry, Bergen County.
At 9 p.m. tonight, Friday June 6, NJDOT’s contractor, Conti Enterprises, is scheduled to close Little Ferry Circle and open the four-way intersection. The new traffic pattern is expected to be in place by 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7. The two signals on Route 46 where it meets the circle will be removed and replaced with a single signal at the newly created intersection.
Once the intersection is opened, no left turns from Route 46 onto Bergen Turnpike will be allowed while construction on the Route 46 bridge over the Hackensack River is taking place. Upon completion of the bridge work, left turns will be allowed from Route 46 onto Bergen Turnpike. The following detours will be in place during bridge construction:
Route 46 eastbound to Bergen Turnpike northbound
Motorists on Route 46 eastbound will continue across the bridge and take the first exit onto Main Street to the Main Street Bypass, underneath Route 46, back onto Main Street to Route 46 westbound to Bergen Turnpike northbound.
Route 46 westbound to Bergen Turnpike southbound
Motorists on Route 46 westbound will turn right onto Bergen Turnpike northbound, take the first right and do a u-turn at the light onto Bergen Turnpike southbound.
The elimination of Little Ferry Circle is part of a $33.8 million project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient bridge Route 46 bridge over the Hackensack River, convert the circle into a conventional four-way intersection, and to install a new drainage system and pump station to reduce flooding in the area. The project has been coordinated with local officials and emergency response agencies and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016.
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 www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.