If you travel along Route 78 during off-peak hours, get set for delays.

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation is about to kick off a bridge maintenance project that will address twelve individual bridge structures along a sixteen mile stretch of Interstate 78 in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties.

DOT officials stress the work – which includes deck patching, joint repairs, header reconstruction, crack repairs and the application of a corrosion inhibitor – will extend the service life of the bridges and result in significant cost savings over the long haul.

Temporary single lane closures will take place during overnight hours at each location, and off-peak hours and shoulder closures will be allowed at any time, but all lanes will be maintained on Interstate 78 during daytime hours.

The project, which will cost more than $1 million, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, however it’s important to note all work is weather dependent.

The DOT’s maintenance contractor, Power Concrete Company is scheduled to begin repair work at the Jutland Road bridge over I-78 and Route 22 in Union Township this week, with operations progressing eastward.

The Department recently completed similar bridge preventive maintenance projects to address bridges along Route 18 in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, and on I 195 in Mercer and Monmouth counties.