About the Closure
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently announced that Saturday, April 12 will mark the start of the $1-billion Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project. Motorists will be unable to travel in the northbound direction, from Newark to Jersey City, for approximately two years.
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.
The busiest time on Skyway northbound lanes is the morning peak period, 6:00-9:00 a.m., when approximately 9,600 vehicles head toward Jersey City, Hoboken, and other Hudson County destinations, as well as to New York City.
With the closure, nearly 40,000 daily vehicle trips will be diverted and DOT officials are proposing that motorists use alternate routes such as the New Jersey Turnpike Eastern Spur and the Turnpike Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension (I-78), where an eastbound shoulder will be converted into a third travel lane during morning and evening rush hours. Commuters can also try Route 1&9 Truck, where adaptive traffic signal control technology and entrance ramp improvements will help accommodate additional traffic heading toward Jersey City and New York City.
What You Can Do
NJCU urges its students, faculty, staff, and visitors to familiarize themselves with alternate routes and to consider using public transportation, where possible. NJCU will keep its campus community apprised of detailed plans to minimize congestion on local streets, including Communipaw Avenue and Grand Street. Mapping out several options now will give motorists the flexibility to try several alternatives in the first days and weeks of the closure.
Consult Skyway Information Resources
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. The video is posted on the NJDOT's project website and on the DOT YouTube channel. The DOT also is producing television and radio ads to publicize alternate routes and travel modes.