Press Release Article


Date: Oct 21, 2010
Press Release Number: 76-2010

The Port Authority announces lane closings and service changes occurring this weekend to accommodate construction and a training exercise. Please consider these changes when making travel and weekend plans:

George Washington Bridge
The George Washington Bridge will perform overnight construction this weekend on the lower level and ramps. The upper level will be open in both directions.

On Saturday, October 23, the westbound lower level will be closed from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The eastbound lower level will be closed overnight from 10 p.m. Friday, October 22, to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23, and again from 10 p.m. Saturday, October 23, to 10 a.m. Sunday, October 24.

During the construction, the ramp leading to Amsterdam Avenue and the Harlem River Drive South from both the upper level and lower level eastbound will be closed. Detour signs will be in place directing drivers to access Harlem River Drive South from the 178th Street exit, I-87 South and Jerome Avenue during this time.

Outerbridge Crossing
The Outerbridge Crossing New York- bound will be closed for a construction project from 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 24. Travelers can use the Goethals Bridge or the Holland Tunnel to reach their destination.

Lincoln Tunnel
From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 24, the Lincoln Tunnel will hold a training exercise in and around the New Jersey Toll Plaza. The tunnel will be open to normal traffic using the center and north tubes, and the south tube will be closed from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the exercise. Detour signs will alert travelers for additional lane closures along JFK Boulevard and near the Toll Plaza.

AirTrain JFK
Due to a MTA/Long Island Rail Road scheduled system upgrade project, customers are advised that during two weekends – October 23-24 and November 6-7 – there will be extremely limited LIRR service, especially between Jamaica Station and Penn Station. There will be no impact on AirTrain JFK operations.

Alternate service will be available via NYC Transit's "E" Train. All weekend MTA/LIRR riders should consult special weekend schedules for more information before traveling.

For more information, please visit:

Contact: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Jen Friedberg or Sara Beth Joren at 212-435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.

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