A three-month construction project is expected to create major backups for New Jersey drivers crossing the George Washington Bridge.
The project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge on the New York side starts on Saturday. The Alexander Hamilton is the main thoroughfare for eastbound drivers crossing the GWB and getting to I-95 in the Bronx. Traffic could back up for miles into New Jersey.
The project will not affect motorists using the GWB from New York to New Jersey. New Jersey drivers are advised to use the three Staten Island crossing. Motorists from the north are advised to use the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Signs about the construction project were posted near the bridge in New Jersey. The work on the Alexander Hamilton involves steel reinforcement and deck replacement.
Starting In August--The Helix Fix
An overhaul of the Lincoln Tunnel helix will force the closing of all its eastbound lanes during off-peak hours for at least a year starting in August, forcing cars, trucks and buses onto Hudson County streets, officials said.
The closings were discussed Tuesday during a meeting of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's construction committee. The agency's Board of Commissioners later awarded a $56 million contract for repairs and repaving of the tunnel's 74-year-old spiraling access ramp to El Sol Contracting and Construction of Maspeth, N.Y., out of a total cost of $88 million for the overhaul.
Cedric Fulton, the Port Authority's director of bridges, tunnels and terminals, said traffic would be diverted on to local streets, where Port Authority Police would be stationed at key points along detour routes. The closing of all eastbound lanes of the helix will occur during daytime off-peak hours, overnight and on weekends, Fulton said. Eastbound closings are expected to last until sometime in the fourth quarter of 2013, followed by similar westbound closings. Motorists should expect delays as a result, Fulton said.
The mouth of the tunnel is in Weehawken, just east of Union City and north of Hoboken. The tunnel is used by more than 100,000 commuters a day, including 63,000 NJ Transit bus riders, from the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 495, New Jersey Routes 3 and 1&9, and local streets.
The overhaul, which is expected to create 470 construction jobs, is intended to insure safe tunnel access for another decade, while the Port Authority plan a complete replacement of the helix, a much costlier and more complex undertaking.