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BRIDGES & TUNNELS ADVISORY

Date: Sep 14, 2018
Press Release Number: 142-2018

PORT AUTHORITY REMINDS TRAVELERS THAT EXTENSIVE NJ DOT ROUTE 495 REPAIRS ARE CONTINUING; URGES DRIVERS TO FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING PEAK RUSH-HOUR PERIODS

Lane closings scheduled on the Bayonne Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge, George Washington Bridge and Holland Tunnel.

NJ Route 495 Construction Mitigation:

The rehabilitation by the New Jersey Department of Transportation of Route 495 – the main highway link to the Lincoln Tunnel – is under way and is scheduled to run for the next 2½ years.

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. The agency also is actively monitoring traffic conditions and travel times, and is taking additional 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.

Lane closings are planned this weekend and/or next week on the George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge and Holland Tunnel to accommodate ongoing maintenance and construction work.

Bayonne Bridge:

  • The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, September 14, and reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 15, for ongoing construction work. The Friday night closing is three hours earlier than in the past.
  • The bridge will be closed Monday, September 17, Wednesday, September 19, and Thursday, September 20, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning for construction work. The bridge will remain open on Tuesday night, September 18, for Yom Kippur.

Outerbridge Crossing:

  • One eastbound lane will be closed from Monday, September 17, through Thursday, September 20, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

Goethals Bridge:

  • Two westbound lanes on the bridge will be closed on Thursday, September 21, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • One eastbound lane on the bridge will be closed on Thursday, September 21, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Holland Tunnel:

  • One westbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours Monday, September 17, from 11:59 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. the following morning. This closure is needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.
  • One westbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours Thursday, September 20, from 11:59 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. the following morning. This closure is needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.
  • One eastbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours Monday, September 17, from 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. the following morning. This closure is needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.
  •  One eastbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours Thursday, September 20, from 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. the following morning. This closure is needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.

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 level westbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, September 14, through 10 a.m. Saturday, September 15, and again from 10 p.m. Saturday, September 15, through 10 a.m. Sunday, September 16.
  • Three lanes on the bridge’s upper level eastbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, September 14, through 10 a.m. Saturday, September 15. The Palisades Interstate Parkway southbound ramp also will be closed during this time.

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

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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