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Route 206 car detour changed for utility work

The Route 206 southbound car detour for the Stony Brook bridge repair project has been changed because of gas utility work, state officials said.

Motorists traveling on Route 206 southbound will take a left on Lovers Lane, right on Mercer Road, and a right on Province Line Road back to Route 206.

The change to the detour was necessary as PSE&G begins gas utility work that is unrelated to the rehabilitation of the Route 206 Bridges over Stony Brook. PSE&G’s work is expected to last approximately eight weeks, officials said.

The other detours in place during the bridge construction—the northbound car detour and the truck detour—remain unchanged. Local access on Route 206 will be maintained for residents and businesses on Route 206, including the Hun School.

In addition, NJ Transit Bus Route 606 will be detoured during the construction, with several stops on Route 206 not being served. For details on alternate stops, go to NJ Transit’s Service Bulletin.

Car Detour

Northbound – From Route 206 north, traffic will be directed to take a left on Carter Road, right on Rosedale Road, and then a right on Elm Road back to Route 206

Southbound – From Route 206 south, traffic will be directed to take a left on Lovers Lane, right on Mercer Road, and a right on Province Line Road back to Route 206.

Truck detour

Northbound – From Route 206 north take I-95 south to Route 31 north to Route 202 north back to Route 206 at the Somerville Circle.

Southbound – From Route 206 south take Route 202 south at the Somerville Circle to Route 31 south to I-95 north back to Route 206.

The $7.4 million state-funded project consists of rehabilitating the historic Stone Arch Bridge over Stony Brook and replacing the adjacent Flood Channel Bridge, both of which are located between Quaker Road near the Hun School and the Jasna Polana Country Club.

The Stone Arch Bridge, constructed in 1792 and widened in 1916, was closed in February 2016 for emergency repairs following a partial parapet collapse. The adjacent Flood Channel Bridge is in poor condition and will be replaced with a single-span bridge. It is being done at the same time as the Stone Arch Bridge rehabilitation to minimize the impact to traffic, officials said.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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