I-280 ramp closes for a month to fix sinkhole that appeared after Tropical Storm Ida

Damage to the highway from Tropical Storm Ida continues to affect New Jersey drivers.

On Friday, the eastern entrance ramp of Interstate 280 in West Orange will be closed for a month to permanently put a noisy pothole on the state Department of Transportation’s “List of Achievements.”

Officials said Thursday that DOT will shut down the eastbound Interstate 280 ramp from Pleasant Valley Way/Route 636 in West Orange to the highway beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, and will remain closed for at least four weeks.

Closing this ramp will allow crews from contractor IEW Construction Group, Inc. Repairs a crater caused by damage to storm water pipes caused by Tropical Storm Ida. Storm damage in September 2021 created a crater that forced the DOT to close the shoulder and, for a while, the right lane of Route 280 East in West Orange. Near Exit 7 of Pleasant Valley Road.

Drivers wishing to take Interstate 280 East will have to detour by continuing north on Pleasant Valley Road/Route 636 after I-280 and take the I-280 western ramp instead. Once on the highway, drivers must take Exit 6A to Laurel Avenue South and take that ramp to I-280 East.

The Highway 280 repair project is part of a $10.5 million state-funded maintenance contract to repair rainwater and sewer structures in eight counties across North Jersey.

The damage to Ida has caused the Department of Transportation to implement 35 emergency repair projects statewide, including work to reopen Routes 1 and 18, and Route 29 along the Delaware River, all of which were closed due to flash floods.

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Larry Higgs can be reached at [email protected].

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