Press Release Article


Date: Aug 01, 2002
Press Release Number: 80-2002

Motorists Are Encouraged to Seek Alternate Routes
Delays Expected During Construction

Work is set to begin on two major road rehabilitation projects at the George Washington Bridge that will have a significant impact on New Jersey-bound traffic.
The first project will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, when several lanes of a ramp that connects the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway (at Exit 14) to the New Jersey-bound bridge will be closed while the critical bridge access roadway is rehabilitated. The ramp also provides access from the Henry Hudson Parkway to Riverside Drive to the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan expressways and the Harlem River Drive.

The lanes will be shut from 10 p.m. Saturday, August 3, to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 4. The lanes also will be closed during the same hours during the weekend of August 17-18. If the weather forecast calls for heavy rain, the lane closings may be postponed. The rain dates are September 21-22 and September 28-29.
Motorists should expect delays of up to one hour when the lanes are closed. The Port Authority strongly advises motorists to use alternate routes, including the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, or to take public transportation.

A separate project to mill and pave the George Washington Bridge’s westbound lanes will begin Tuesday, August 6, and continue through Friday, August 9.

Two of four westbound upper-level lanes to New Jersey will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday. Westbound delays at the bridge are anticipated to be approximately 30 to 40 minutes while the work is under way. Heavy rain could postpone some of the lane closings to the following week.

To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to New Jersey and upstate New York, including the Cross Westchester Expressway off the New England Thruway (Exit 21 off Interstate 95 South). From Brooklyn and Queens, motorists are encouraged to use the Lincoln and Holland tunnels to reach New Jersey. The ban on commercial vehicles remains in effect at the New Jersey-bound Holland Tunnel and the lower level of the George Washington Bridge. Additional information will be posted on message signs on approach roads to the bridge, and on highway advisory radio.

For information and assistance on alternate routes, call 800 221-9903 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Automated information is available at other times. Information also is available on the Port Authority’s Web site –