Crews working on the Rt. 7/Belmont Ridge Road interchange are reaching a major milestone—one which includes removing a chokepoint traffic light from the highway.
However, the work also includes three months of detours, occurring in two phases during construction of the ramps and spurs on the southeast corner and northeast corner of the interchange.
Staring on or about March 20, detours will be necessary to allow traffic on Belmont Ridge Road to head eastbound on Rt. 7 and for westbound Rt. 7 traffic to turn onto Belmont Ridge Road.
The first phase opens traffic to the ramps and spurs on the west side of the bridge, eliminates the signal on Rt. 7, and puts Belmont Ridge Road traffic and the signal onto the interchange bridge. The Phase One traffic shift will allow the contractor to begin construction of the ramps and spurs on the east side of the bridge concurrently. This phase is expected to take about two months to complete
The second phase will open traffic to the ramp and spur at the southeast corner of the interchange, allowing access onto Rt. 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road while the contractor completes construction of the ramp at the northeast corner, about a month.
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