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NJDOT TO BEGIN PULASKI SKYWAY DECK REPLACEMENT PROJECT APRIL 12, 2014

Alternate Routes and Travel Modes Have Been Developed For Commuters

February 24, 2014

(Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that Saturday, April 12 will mark the start of an approximate two-year period for construction activity connected to the $1 billion Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project, which will improve road and travel conditions in both the northbound and southbound lanes across the deck of the 3.5-mile bridge.  Motorists will be unable to travel in the northbound direction, from Newark to Jersey City, for the duration of the construction period.

A complete rehabilitation of the bridge deck will be carried out by way of two separate contracts, with the first contract rebuilding the Skyway’s two northbound lanes.  When that work is completed, southbound traffic will be shifted to the new northbound bridge deck.  This shift will allow workers to rebuild the two travel lanes that normally carry southbound traffic. 

NJDOT has worked diligently with other transportation agencies for more than a year to develop alternate routes and travel modes for the motorists who currently travel in the northbound direction on the Skyway, which carries Route 1&9 traffic.  It also has worked with local officials, emergency responders, employers, and others to devise strategies to minimize congestion and other negative impacts.

“The Department has invested millions of dollars and thousands of hours of staff time to maximize the capacity of existing roadways, to augment public transportation options, and to anticipate issues before they arise,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.  “We will achieve the best possible outcome of these efforts if Skyway motorists are aware of the many options that are available to them.  Mapping out several options now will give motorists the agility to try several alternatives in the first days and weeks of the closure.”

NJDOT created a Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation video that informs viewers of the scope of the project and some of the travel alternatives that will be available to them.  It is posted on the NJDOT’s project website and on the Department’s YouTube channel.  The Department also is producing television and radio advertisements to publicize the alternate routes and travel modes.

NJDOT has worked with elected officials and public safety professionals from Newark, Kearny, and Jersey City to minimize impacts associated with traffic diversions.  A major focus has been on developing traffic management strategies in Jersey City because 61 percent of motorists who travel northbound on the Skyway have Jersey City, Hoboken or other Hudson County locations as their destination.  Twenty-four percent of northbound Skyway motorists head to New York via the Holland Tunnel, while 19 percent turn from the Skyway onto Route 1&9 T to points north.

The Department and Jersey City are collaborating on detailed plans to minimize congestion on local streets, including Communipaw Avenue and Grand Street. 

The busiest time on Skyway northbound lanes is the morning peak period between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., when approximately 9,600 vehicles head toward Jersey City, Hoboken, and other Hudson County destinations, as well as to New York City.  

Travel alternatives

Alternate route and mode capacity

The Department’s goal is to identify alternate routes and modes that provide capacity that meets or exceeds the morning peak traffic volume of 9,600 vehicles on the Skyway northbound lanes. The combined capacity of the following strategies does so. 

Roadways:

Public transportation:

Carpools and vanpools:

 

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