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BRIDGES & TUNNELS ADVISORY

Date: Aug 17, 2018
Press Release Number: 132-2018

Port Authority preparing Route 495 construction mitigation in anticipation of severe traffic conditions during major NJDOT repair project

Lane closings also planned this weekend and next week for repair and construction work at the Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel and George Washington Bridge

NJ Route 495 Construction Mitigation:

In anticipation of the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s major rehabilitation of the Route 495 bridge -- the main highway link to the Lincoln Tunnel -- the Port Authority advises drivers or bus passengers to factor substantial delays and traffic congestion into their planning, and to consider alternate routes into and out of New York City, including the George Washington Bridge and Holland Tunnel.

Starting this Friday, August 17, NJDOT will close one lane of Route 495 in each direction, reducing capacity of the roadway by an estimated 25 percent. The Port Authority will actively monitor traffic conditions and travel times, and take the following measures to aid commuters and mitigate travel impacts, which are expected to be severe:

  • Extending the hours of the Lincoln Tunnel Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL), which normally operates from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., as demand warrants during weekday mornings.
  • Providing additional PATH service as needed by extending weekday peak period service to accommodate commuters who divert to mass transit.
  • Staging additional emergency equipment to expedite response to disabled vehicles and accidents.
  • Deploying additional customer service representatives in the PABT and at PATH stations to assist commuters.
  • Adding staff at the Agency Operations Center to increase traffic monitoring capacity.
  • Providing bus carriers with real-time travel and traffic reports to aid them in scheduling, which will help buses to arrive/depart the PABT on time and reduce idling on local streets.
  • Increasing real-time communications with customers via social media, e-alerts and other channels.

Bayonne Bridge:

  • This weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will close at 11:59 p.m. Friday, August 17 and is scheduled to reopen by 3 p.m. Sunday, August 19 to accommodate ongoing construction work.
  • Overnight closures are scheduled from Monday, August 20 to Thursday, August 23 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning to accommodate ongoing construction work.

Holland Tunnel:

  • One westbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours from Sunday, August 19, through Thursday, August 23, from 11:59 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. the following morning. The closings are needed for ongoing tunnel maintenance and construction projects.
  • One eastbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours from Sunday, August 19, through Thursday, August 23, from 11 p.m. each night through 5 a.m. the following morning. The closings are needed for ongoing tunnel maintenance and construction projects.
  • The right lane, shoulder and sidewalk will be closed on 14th Street in Jersey City from Monday, August 20 through Friday, August 24, from 7 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. The closure is needed to complete sanitary sewer and storm drain connections.

George Washington Bridge:

  • The ramp connecting the eastbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge to West 178th Street in Manhattan is closed for up to 12 months for deck replacement. Passenger cars seeking access from the bridge to local streets in Manhattan should take Exit 1 towards Route 9/Henry Hudson Parkway and follow detour signs to West 181st Street in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Trucks over 13 feet, 6 inches in height will not be permitted to use the bridge during the duration of the project. Trucks under that height seeking access to local streets should take Exit 2 to Amsterdam Avenue.
  • Three lanes on the bridge’s upper westbound level will be closed from 12 midnight tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow, August 18, for deck repair work.
  • Two lanes on the bridge’s upper eastbound level will be closed from 10 p.m. tonight, August 17, through 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18, and then again from Saturday night at 10 p.m. until Sunday, August 19, at 10 a.m. to allow for deck repair work.

To receive real time traffic updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at www.paalerts.com, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

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