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BRIDGES & TUNNELS ADVISORY

Date: Oct 05, 2018
Press Release Number: 152-2018

PORT AUTHORITY REMINDS THAT EXTENSIVE NJ DOT ROUTE 495 REPAIRS CONTINUE; DRIVERS URGED TO FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING PEAK RUSH-HOUR PERIODS

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

High-speed E-ZPass lanes at Outerbridge Crossing closed until November 9 for repairs

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 and Holland Tunnel to accommodate ongoing maintenance and construction work.

George Washington Bridge:

  • One lane on the bridge’s upper-level westbound Trans-Manhattan Expressway will be closed from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 6.
  • Two lanes on the bridge’s upper-level westbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday, October 6, through 10 a.m. Sunday, October 7.
  • One lane on the bridge’s upper-level westbound Trans-Manhattan Expressway will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday, October 6, through 10 a.m. Sunday, October 7.
  • The bridge’s westbound 179th Street ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday, October 6, through 10 a.m. Sunday, October 7.

Bayonne Bridge:

  • The bridge will close at 9 p.m. tonight, October 5, and will reopen at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 7. Overnight closures are scheduled starting Monday, October 8, from 9 p.m. and running through 5 a.m. the next morning through Thursday morning, October 11.
  • The Morningstar entrance ramp to Route 440 southbound will close at 11:59 p.m. tonight, October 5, and reopen by 8 a.m. Saturday, October 6. Traffic will be detoured to the Forrest Avenue on-ramp to Route 440 southbound.

Outerbridge Crossing:

  • The bridge’s two high-speed E-ZPass lanes will be closed until November 9 to replace the toll system equipment on the gantry.
  • One eastbound lane on the bridge will be closed from 11:59 p.m. tonight, October 5, through 8 a.m. Saturday, October 6.
  • One eastbound lane on the bridge will be closed from Tuesday, October 9, through Thursday, October 11, from 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning

Holland Tunnel:

  • One westbound lane will be closed during overnight hours from Tuesday October 9, through Thursday, October 11, from 11:59 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. the following morning. These closures are needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.
  • One eastbound lane will be closed during overnight hours from Tuesday, October 9, through Thursday, October 11, from 11 p.m. each night through 5 a.m. the following morning. These closures are needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.

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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