The Helix Fix – The Lincoln Tunnel Helix Rehabilitation Project

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The Lincoln Tunnel Helix


On November 15, 2011, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a project to repair the Lincoln Tunnel Route 495 roadway approach, known as the Helix. This iconic roadway structure leading directly into the Lincoln Tunnel is more than 70 years old, and is nearing the end of its useful life. The Lincoln Tunnel Helix Rehabilitation Project will repair this crucial infrastructure over a period of three years in order to extend the roadway’s usability. Over 90% of the work has been completed.

Phase I: Eastbound to New York, August 2012 — November 2013 (Completed)

Phase II: Westbound to New Jersey, April 2014 — July 2015 (Completed)

Overall Project Completion: December 2015 (Completed)

Estimated Work Hours - Off-Peak Overnights - Westbound (to New Jersey)

  • Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning
  • Friday through Saturday, Friday 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday morning
  • Sunday morning 1 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Alternate Travel

Customers planning to use the Lincoln Tunnel during this time period should seek alternate routes and consider mass transit options such as PATH and NJ TRANSIT. Visit 511 New Jersey and 511 New Yorkfor regional traffic and transit information.

Background and Staging

Now about 78 years old, the Lincoln Tunnel is one of the busiest crossings in the world, carrying over 38 million vehicles per year. In addition to passenger cars and trucks, each weekday morning, the busiest bus lane in the nation known as the Exclusive Bus Lane, or XBL, operates at the tunnel. The XBL is a 2.5-mile contra-flow commuter bus lane traveling along New Jersey Route 495, leading from the New Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel. It operates during the weekday morning peak period (from approximately 6:00 am until 10:00 am), with Lincoln Tunnel staff setting up the lane about a half-hour beforehand each day. The XBL handles approximately 1,835 buses that carry about 69,000 passengers each day during the morning peak. The XBL buses represent more than half of the total number of customers that travel through the Lincoln Tunnel during this period.

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. Since the tunnel roadway undergoes heavy traffic use during the daytime, the roadway repairs will be conducted during overnight hours.


Phase I: Eastbound to New York, August 2012 — November 2013 (Completed)

Phase II: Westbound to New Jersey, April 2014 — July 2015 (Completed)

Overall Project Completion: December 2015 (Completed)


Due to the high volume of traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel Helix, there is never a convenient time to conduct work at the facility. The Helix Fix will continue to operate during overnight hours in order to maintain commuter bus and peak traffic operations during the daytime. There  may be some traffic on local streets in the town of Weehawken due to the diversion from the Helix overpass. We will do everything possible to reduce traffic by encouraging motorists to use alternate routes.

In addition, in order to perform certain types of repair work, access to the underside of the Helix above local streets will continue to be required. Single lane closures on local streets in one or both directions will periodically occur during off-peak daytime and overnight hours. One lane in each direction will be maintained while the work is being performed and most lanes will be reopened during non-working hours.

The Port Authority is aware that roadwork can involve some degree of noise and has taken action to manage the impact to the surrounding communities. Noise-monitoring devices have been installed at strategic locations to ensure that the work does not exceed noise level limits.



Work being performed on the Lincoln Tunnel Helix will provide a smoother riding surface, improve safety and reduce delays for periodic maintenance.

Local Jobs

In 2011, it was estimated that this project would result in 210 direct job-years and direct payroll wages of $17 million. The total economic activity impact amounts to 470 total job-years, $27 million in wages and $123 million in economic activity over the life of the project.

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Ways To Stay Informed

Visit 511 New Jersey and 511 New York for regional traffic and transit information.

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Weekly Traffic Advisory
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If you have  questions related to The Lincoln Tunnel Helix Rehabilitation Project, email us at or call 1-855-744-0144.

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