Press Release Article


Date: Oct 03, 2017
Press Release Number: 185-2017

Motorists strongly urged to use mass transit and consider alternate routes

The Port Authority continues to urge drivers who typically use the Holland Tunnel to take mass transit, particularly during rush hours, while repairs continue on the nearby Route 139 ramp in Jersey City that is maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The heat from a fire last week compromised the structural integrity of part of the roadway’s steel supports. While three of the ramp’s five access lanes, plus an emergency shoulder lane, are now open, the potential for gridlock in Jersey City, Hoboken and Lower Manhattan remains, especially during the evening weekday rush hours and peak weekend travel periods.

Drivers should use mass transit, consider alternate work hours or telecommute if possible since other crossing like the Lincoln Tunnel may face delays due to the diverted traffic.

The Port Authority and NJ DOT have activated their Offices of Emergency Management to continuously monitor the situation and streamline communications with other state and local officials. Agency officials are working on traffic management plans to lessen potential congestion impacts and will coordinate implementation with counterparts at NJ DOT, NJ Transit, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, New York City officials, as well as New York Waterways ferry service.

Travelers to Newark Liberty International Airport are encouraged to use NJ Transit rail service from New York Penn Station to access the Newark AirTrain to the airport’s terminals. Based on analysis of traffic volumes at the Bayonne Bridge over the last two nights, the Port Authority will resume construction closures during evenings this week, with a later start time of 9 p.m. to accommodate regional traffic during peak travel times. The bridge reopening at 5 a.m. the following weekday morning, consistent with our usual overnight schedule.

On average, more than 2,600 vehicles per rush hour and 46,000 vehicles daily travel from Manhattan to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel.

Port Authority Police are currently staffing intersections to optimize and balance traffic flow on both westbound 14th street and the local north/south roadways. For the most up-to-date traffic and transit information, please see use the following links:

NY Waterway has morning and evening rush-hour service between Port Liberty and Liberty Harbor in Jersey City and Manhattan. Both terminals are accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike and have parking.

Ferry terminals at Paulus Hook and Harborside in Jersey City and the Hoboken Rail/Ferry Terminal all are served but the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

Visit for complete information or call 1-800-53-FERRY.

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