Pulaski Skyway Gets New Traffic Relief Measure

A third lane was added to the Turnpike's Newark Bay extension by using the shoulder lane

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    The Pulaski Skyway construction project is causing headaches for a lot of commuters and it’s going to last two years. One month into the project, Brian Thompson is getting an exclusive look at the work being done.

    Five weeks after the inbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway were shut down for a two-year rehabilitation project, New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson says one of the temporary traffic relief measures will become permanent.

    As part of the diversions during the $1.7 billion repair of the Skyway, a third lane was added to the Turnpike's Newark Bay extension (Exits 14A-C) during morning rush by using the shoulder lane.

    "We haven't had any traffic jams," Simpson told NBC 4 New York in an exclusive interview, crediting the third turnpike lane along with commuters to Manhattan and Jersey City leaving early.

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    The northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway closed on Saturday and will remain shut for what is scheduled to be a 24-month deck rehabilitation project. Traffic flowed smoothly on the first weekday of the shutdown but with school out of session for spring break officials are bracing for what's to come next week. Brian Thompson reports.

    Meanwhile, construction crews have already removed a couple of hundred yards of road decking in just five weeks of work on the more than 80-year-old structure that spans two rivers over its 3.5-mile length.

    Workers showed NBC 4 New York joints where steel had turned to dust though they can still maintain two lanes of outbound traffic during the project. 

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