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Two separate projects to improve conditions along Route 1 in Mercer and Middlesex counties will begin this month, according to a statement from New Jersey Department of Transportation officials.

The first project will resurface Route 1 in Lawrence, West Windsor, Plainsboro and South Brunswick, and the second will widen Route 1 southbound in West Windsor and Lawrence.

Route 1 resurfacing

Route 1 will be resurfaced in both the northbound and southbound directions between Route 533/Quakerbridge Road in Lawrence and Ridge Road in South Brunswick this summer.

This week, NJDOT’s contractor Della Pello Paving, Inc., began to install signage and implement temporary shoulder closures to accommodate the electrical and concrete work necessary to prepare for the milling and paving.

The $9.7 million project will resurface approximately seven miles of Route 1 in both directions and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019. Project improvements include pavement repair, signal work, and curb and concrete work.

Throughout the duration of the project, shoulder closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with temporary overnight single and double lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. nightly. Motorists should expect temporary ramp and shoulder closures, allow for additional travel time, and exercise caution while driving through the work zone.

Route 1 widening

This week crews began lane shifts and tree clearing in preparation for widening Route 1 southbound between Nassau Park Boulevard in West Windsor and the Quakerbridge Overpass in Lawrence. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2020.

The southbound roadway includes two express lanes and one local lane providing access to businesses along Route 1. The project calls for widening Route 1 to include a third express lane. It will add an auxiliary lane from Nassau Park Boulevard to the Quakerbridge Mall loop ramp in the local lanes providing motorists with improved traffic flow and more effective access.

NJDOT officials said the $14 million project will improve capacity and safety on Route 1 southbound, and will improve access to and from the Mercer Mall and other adjacent businesses in the area. Access to all locations will be maintained throughout the project.

NJDOT will provide more information before any lane closures are scheduled. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Visit 511nj.org for additional information.