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34,000 NJ Vehicles Will Need to Find a Detour Starting April 12th

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 01:46 PM

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The Pulaski Skyway pictured from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Emile Wamsteker/Getty)

A decaying bridge connecting New Jersey commuters to New York City is closing down for two years as part of a $1 billion renovation project.

The upcoming lane closures to the Pulaski Skyway are already being dubbed “carmageddon.”

About 74,000 vehicles cross the Pukaski Skyway every day ­— and 34,000 will be detoured for the next 24 months while the lanes heading into New York are being rehabilitated. The traffic traveling southbound, primarily from New York, will remain open for the entire project. 

The bridge is one of two major connectors between Newark,  Newark Liberty Airport and turnpike traffic heading towards Jersey City, Hoboken and the Holland Tunnel into New York.

The New Jersey Transportation Commissioner says the idea of detouring 9,600 vehicles during the morning rush alone is keeping him up at night.

The agency is expanding train and bus services, keeping green lights running longer at detours, and adding lanes to truck routes and the New Jersey Turnpike, a toll road.

On its website, it says these options won’t “eliminate congestion, so you will still need to add more time to your commute.”

Renovations to the 81-year-old bridge start on April 12, 2014. They are expected to extend the life of the structure by another 75 years.

You can find the list of alternative commute options here

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Comments [2]

Mark Schuyler from Brooklyn

The Tappan Zee Bridge divides two parts of the same State...Westchester Co and Rockland Co share numerous State agency jurisdictions, electoral and political fiefdoms and tax income interdependence...all filtered through the NYS Thruway Authority and Albany control. Easy-peasy solution.

The Port Authority was created to prevent inter-rival state interests from destroying each other and require economic and political co-operation. But when the infrastructure is on one State's side and not the other...

Wha' happened? Nuttin, honey!

Regional transportation planning? So over-rated!

Apr. 03 2014 11:36 AM
Kevin Davitt from Bergen County

The NJ Dept. of Transportation has not done nearly enough to accommodate drivers who will be inconvenienced. There should at least have been a consideration of reversing the two lanes that will be open during rush hour in order to facilitate eastbound traffic in the morning and westbound in the evening. This kind of reconfiguration is performed daily at the Tappan Zee Bridge (among other places) with the use of a Zipper barrier. This kind of barrier is made up of hundreds of individual barrier pieces that can be easily shifted by specially designed trucks.I work for government and it will always ensure its own convenience before anyone else's.

Apr. 01 2014 10:23 AM

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