Date: Aug 29, 2013
Press Release Number: 88-2013
Work will resume Tuesday, September 3, at 9 p.m. with full overnight closure of span
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will suspend construction on the pavement replacement project on the Outerbridge Crossing 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.
The span will remain open from 5 a.m. Friday morning through Tuesday, September 3, at 9 p.m. when the agency will resume overnight closures of the bridge to facilitate completion of its pavement replacement project, which started on July 9 and is on schedule to be completed in October.
Throughout the remainder of the project, the bridge that links Perth Amboy, NJ, to Staten Island will be closed during overnight hours, Monday to Thursday from 9 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. The bridge will continue to remain open on Saturday and Sunday nights and holiday weekends.
Closing the bridge overnight allows the Port Authority to complete this critical work in 2013, allowing the bridge to remain open in both directions during 2014, when construction on the Bayonne Bridge is expected to take place.
During overnight work hours, drivers will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge where there will be additional staff to handle traffic. Motorists can visit www.panynj.gov/outerbridgepaving for more project details.
Construction work at all other Port Authority bridge and tunnel facilities also will be suspended during the Labor Day weekend. In addition, 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.