Route 295 Direct Connection Ph. 2

Camden County, NJ

One of the busiest and most congested interchanges in New Jersey, the intersection of I-295, I-76 and Route 42 in Camden County handles daily traffic volumes of over 250,000 vehicles and has one of the highest accident rates in the state.

To help solve this problem, the NJDOT is reconfiguring traffic flow along the ramps and bridges that carry I-295 traffic across Routes 42 and I-76 with the Direct Connection to be completed by 2021. Conti is constructing the second phase of this multi-year project. The work involves the north and southbound lanes of I-295 north of the interchange. The project includes demolishing and replacing an existing bridge, building a 500-foot wide bridge that will eventually carry all I-295 traffic, constructing on and off ramps, constructing a temporary bridge, installing sheeting for tunnel and bridge shoring, and ground improvements and roadway construction.

Work is performed with zero reduction in existing roadway capacity. Conti restricts loud construction activities to designated timeframes to limit disturbing the public in an adjacent cemetery and nearby residential neighborhoods.

The project has design-build components associated with column supported and stage line embankment systems. Conti designed and constructed an embankment system to prevent movement in the adjacent cemetery since tie-backs are not permitted.

Conti is minimizing the impact to the traveling public and nearby residences by working nights and weekends to deliver the project ahead of schedule. The new overpass will provide for three to five travel lanes on I-295 in both directions to cross over Routes 42 and I-76 unimpeded at speeds of 55 mph to alleviate regular congestion and provide a safer long term solution. This project won the Top 10 Roads award for project excellence.

Project details

“This project can only be described as an effort to make the roads safe, to improve our quality of life, to bring businesses and keep businesses in New Jersey.” – Kim Guadagno, NJ Lieutenant Governor

Project details

Client New Jersey Department of Transportation
Value $152M
Status Under Construction
Key features
  • Installed186,000 tons of asphalt
  • Over 6 acres of ground improvements
  • Excavated 500,000 CY of material
  • Installed 16,500 LF of barrier curb
  • Installed 1,800,000 LB of rebar
  • Placement of over 15,000 CY of cast-in-place concrete
  • Installed 30,000 SF of sheeting

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