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PORT AUTHORITY SUSPENDS ALL CONSTRUCTION AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Date: Aug 29, 2013
Press Release Number: 87-2013

Upper level deck replacement work will resume Tuesday, September 3, at 9 pm

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will suspend construction work at the George Washington Bridge during the Labor Day weekend to ensure drivers have as smooth a ride as possible during some of the busiest travel days of the year. All bridge lanes will remain open from Friday at 5 a.m. through Monday, September 2.

Construction on the upper-level deck rehabilitation project will resume Tuesday, September 3, at 9 p.m., when three of four eastbound upper-level lanes on the George Washington Bridge will close during the overnight hours next week on Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and on Friday starting at 10 p.m. through Saturday at 10 a.m.

Motorists traveling eastbound over the bridge are urged to utilize the bridge’s lower-level lanes to mitigate traffic. During these hours, cash lanes on the bridge’s lower level will be staffed to accommodate drivers without E-ZPass. Trucks will be required to use the upper level. To avoid delays, travelers should also consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.

Work will continue to shift between the eastbound and westbound directions throughout the duration of the project. Visit http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/gwb-upper-deck-steel-rehab.html to view the current construction schedule and learn more about the project.

Construction work at all other Port Authority bridge and tunnel facilities also will be suspended during the Labor Day weekend. The agency will have a full complement of toll collectors and PAPD officers on duty to expedite travel through the crossings. The Port Authority will closely coordinate with both the New York and New Jersey Departments of Transportation and other transit agencies to monitor and manage traffic conditions throughout the holiday weekend.

With passenger traffic expected to be heavier than normal, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination. For up to the minute information regarding traffic delays and travel times at our facilities, we strongly recommend drivers sign up for travel alerts at www.PAalerts.com and check www.511NY.org and www.511NJ.org.

CONTACT: 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 construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which 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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