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Westbound Lanes of I-195 Near Turnpike to Fully Reopen

Transportation officials are reopening a west bound lane of Interstate 195 in Mercer County that’s been shuttered since a fatal accident occurred there earlier this month.

Crews close down lanes to continue inspection of I-195 overpass following dump truck fire.
Inspection of I-195 overpass near NJ Turnpike following October 3rd dump truck fire. (NJ DOT)

The lane is part of an I-195 overpass along the New Jersey Turnpike. It was closed after a dump truck traveling on the turnpike crashed and burned directly under the overpass on Oct. 3.

Transportation officials say the lane was closed “out of an abundance of caution.” But sophisticated load testing of the beams that support the overpass has revealed that the structure is safe for all vehicles on all lanes.

DOT crews will remove the barriers that have blocked traffic from the lane once the evening commute has concluded Tuesday. Officials say the lane will be reopened well before tomorrow’s morning rush.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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