Turnpike Eastbound Exit Ramp To Lorain Road To Close >Route 495 roadwork to shift a lane Updated September 22, 2018 at 8:31 AM; Posted September 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM Route 495 commuter traffic begins 24 Gallery: Route 495 commuter traffic begins By Margaret Schmidt email@example.com The Jersey Journal NORTH BERGEN -- The roadwork along Route 495 is going to shift a lane this weekend as the next phase of construction gets underway, officials said. After the reconfiguration, construction on eastbound 495, heading to the Lincoln Tunnel, will take place on the right side and the current three lanes of traffic will be shifted to the left. This configuration is expected to be in place until summer of 2019, the state Department of Transportation announced. In addition to the traffic shift, the Columbia Avenue exit ramp to Paterson Plank Road will periodically close during this stage as necessary, the DOT said. The work to move the concrete barriers for the traffic shift was scheduled to start last night and last until 9 this morning. During that period, lanes along Route 3 express and Route 495 eastbound will be closed. In case of inclement weather, the closures will take place tonight, the DOT said. There will be no change to the Route 495 westbound configuration, as one lane on Route 495 westbound will remain closed, the DOT said. Both lanes from the New Jersey Turnpike to Route 495 eastbound will be maintained. One lane from Route 3 eastbound to Route 495 will remain closed for the duration of the project, the DOT emphasized, suggesting that motorists adjust their plans to avoid expected congestion for the next two-and-a-half years. The $90.3 million state-funded project began in September.