Press Release Article


Date: Apr 17, 2014
Press Release Number: 77-2014

Tunnel will remain open in both directions, while work is conducted on the regular westbound lanes during overnight hours seven days a week

Beginning April 22, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will begin a roadway improvement project to rehabilitate the westbound (to New Jersey) Lincoln Tunnel Route 495 roadway approach known as the “Helix.” While the work will necessitate the closure of the westbound helix lanes, commuters will still be able to travel westbound through the Lincoln Tunnel and onto Route 495 by detouring onto the eastbound helix lanes.

The planned closure schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning
  • Friday night/Saturday morning 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Saturday night/Sunday morning 1 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Port Authority traffic engineers have developed an innovative traffic detour plan to allow the Lincoln Tunnel to remain open to customers in both directions during construction, while reducing delays and disruptions. Westbound traffic will be detoured to eastbound Helix lanes and eastbound helix traffic will exit at the Pleasant Avenue off-ramp and use local street access to the tunnel via JFK Boulevard East. The eastbound detour will begin one hour prior to the westbound closings on weeknights, and a half hour earlier on weekends.

To view detour map, click here:

The detour will allow traffic to flow through the tunnel in both directions throughout construction, however westbound customers may still experience some delays. Customers planning to use the Lincoln Tunnel during construction hours may wish to seek alternate routes to avoid delays, and consider mass-transit options such as PATH and NJ TRANSIT Bus and Rail.

Construction will be suspended on certain major holidays. Please visit our website at for the most up-to-date closure information. For real-time traffic updates at the Lincoln Tunnel and other Port Authority crossings, register for Bridge & Tunnel Alerts at Call 511 or visit or for the latest regional traffic conditions.

The Lincoln Tunnel is one of the busiest crossings in the world, carrying more than 40 million vehicles per year. The $88 million project will rehabilitate the concrete deck and fix the deteriorating steel under the 74-year-old helix approach structure to ensure safety and reduce delays due to periodic maintenance for the travelers who commute through tunnel.

The first phase of this project, completed in 2013, involved rehabilitation of the eastbound Helix. The rehabilitation of the westbound helix is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.

The Port Authority is committed to keeping this important public infrastructure operational and in good repair. Performing work at a time when traffic is at its lightest will cause the least impact to most commuters, workers, travelers, and businesses.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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

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