WEEHAWKEN, NJ (7 miles from the GWB)
Alright guys, this is what we have prepared for.
Starting tomorrow night (August 17th), NJ DOT is urging drivers to avoid Route 495 and the Lincoln Tunnel for the next… two and a half years. In what some have dubbed “The Summer of Hell”, except it’s for 30 months. They will be working on the 80 year old bridge that is crumbling under 495 while also working on the actual Lincoln Tunnel. DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti says “I hate to say if you don’t have to go New York, don’t.” Other options for drivers are the Holland Tunnel, the GWB or the Goethals Bridge to SI Expressway.
“Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 17th, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Construction Group, will close one lane of Route 495 in each direction, limiting the roadway capacity and causing severe congestion. Work will start by closing one lane of Route 495 westbound and then one lane of Route 495 eastbound to establish a center work zone. This configuration will be in place until the fall. At that time, the next stage will begin with a traffic shift to create a work zone on the right side of Route 495 eastbound. This stage is expected to be in place until summer 2019.”
“For those who live or work in Hudson County, one option is using the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to and from Hoboken or Jersey City where commuters can utilize PATH trains or ferry service to Manhattan, which helps reduce the number of cars heading toward the Tunnel. For commuters coming from Monmouth County, there is ferry service with capacity from Atlantic Highlands, Belford, and Highlands.”
The commissioner also added “Be respectful of those neighborhoods, Don’t block the box, follow law enforcement instructions”
For more information about repairs and traffic updates, visit www.RestoreNJ495.com. In addition, the NJDOT has a project hotline telephone number at (201) 408-8495 and email at DOTOutreachRT495@dot.nj.gov
To be expected when removing a major artery, officials expect massive gridlock in towns like Secaucus and Weehawken. Route 3 will certainly be a disaster. The irony of the construction is we may have flying cars by the time this wraps up.
Written by Christopher Moretti