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The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has planned a major rehabilitation program for the Pulaski Skyway with the goal of keeping the structure operational for at least another 75 years. Beginning April 12, 2014 the Skyway will be closed for two years.

It is expected that Skyway northbound traffic will divert to several regional roadways, including the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension of the NJ Turnpike (I-78/NB-HCE), Route 1&9 Truck (Route 1&9T), Route 7, the NJ Turnpike Eastern Spur, and Route 3.

The following mitigation strategies will be implemented to help reduce congestion:

  • addition of an inbound (NY bound) shoulder lane on I-78/NB-HCE (NJ Turnpike) from Interchange 14 to 14C from 6 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 7 pm;
  • operational improvements to Route 1&9T including signal optimization and striping;
  • increased ITS to provide travel times for various alternate routes.

The ramps from Raymond Boulevard to the NJ Turnpike at Exit 15E and Doremus Avenue will be closed. Motorists will be directed onto Foundry Street, onto Roanoke Street, which intersects with Doremus Ave. From Doremus motorists will be able to easily access the NJ Turnpike.

NJDOT reports that the strategies are intended to manage expected traffic impacts but not eliminate them. Expect delays as motorists try to find their way around during the coming weeks. For trucks heading to New Jersey Marine Terminals, the Port Authority urges drivers to:

  • check on both chassis and container availability before dispatching to the port;
  • ensure all charges have been paid;
  • ensure releases are in place;
  • confirm export receiving and cut off times by checking the terminal websites.

Drivers may also experience residual eastbound delays at Hudson River crossings and Staten Island Bridges.

For more information, including travel options, visit NJDOT's website at www.pulaskiskyway.com, or call their project hotline at 973-776-7400. Call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org for the latest regional traffic conditions. Follow on Twitter @skywayrehab and http://www.youtube.com/user/NJDeptTransportation

For real-time travel information, register for Port Authority Bridge & Tunnel Alerts at BridgeAndTunnelAlerts.com.

The Port Authority is committed to closely monitoring the project and advising the port community of any impacts.

The Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation will include replacing the entire bridge deck; repairing structural steel, concrete columns, ramps, piers, and abutments; and strengthening the substructure components as part of a seismic retrofit.

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