Date: Mar 26, 2002
Press Release Number: 26-2002
Full Tunnel Reopening Still Uncertain
Manhattan-bound lanes of the Holland Tunnel are open for E-ZPass customers only as of 6 p.m. today, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced. Cash-paying customers must use the Lincoln Tunnel, Staten Island bridges and the George Washington Bridge.
The limited tunnel opening will remain in effect for the morning commute on Wednesday, March 27 and until further notice. Due to the fire and ongoing demolition of a private building in Jersey City, complete re-opening of all eastbound lanes remains uncertain.
Motorists are still encouraged to use mass transit. Commuters wanting up-to-date information can call 800 221-9903, tune in to media traffic reports for the latest news, or consult the Port Authority’s web site, www.panynj.gov
Approximately 65 percent of all eastbound commuters using the Holland Tunnel use E-ZPass. By limiting traffic to E-ZPass only, traffic will flow more smoothly as work continues to return the Holland Tunnel to normal operations as well as ease congestion at other Port Authority crossings where traffic has been diverted.
Motorists are reminded that the single-occupancy vehicle ban remains in effect from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays at the Holland Tunnel. Also, no commercial vehicles are allowed at anytime at the Holland Tunnel.
The Port Authority will resume scheduled nighttime construction on the eastbound lanes of the Outerbridge Crossing.