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.
The closure will be a major adjustment for thousands of New Jersey commuters, so traffic headaches are likely to be unavoidable. But our team has you covered!
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Here's what you need to know:
Service enhancements are being offered on several lines during the morning (6-10 a.m.) and evening (4-8 p.m.) peak to accommodate commuters.
Morris & Essex (M&E) – Two extra trains have been added to the schedule between Summit and Hoboken Terminal, offering 900 more seats.
North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) – One extra train has been added between Bay Head and Hoboken, offering 460 more seats.
Raritan Valley Line (RVL) – Extra cars have been added to existing trains operating into Newark Penn Station, offering an extra 1260 seats.
NJ TRANSIT Bus Line #95: The new peak-hour service along the Route 22 Corridor between Watchung and Newark Penn Station has been operating since March 3. The route serves several intermediate communities via Mountain and Morris Aves and provides an additional 330 seats
Increase in frequency of PATH departures from Newark Penn Station into Hoboken. PATH service from Hoboken is also offered to able to accommodate additional customers for trips to Jersey City and New York City. Check the PATH map.
NY WATERWAY FERRY:
NY Waterway offers ferry service from Belford in Monmouth County to Lower Manhattan with a travel time of 40 minutes. Free parking is offered at the Belford Ferry Terminal. For info on fares and schedules, click here.
CARPOOLS & RIDESHARES
For more information on ridesharing options and incentives click here
Drivers can avoid delays by paying attention to variable message signs that will display information such as travel times and quickest route options along the way.
NJ Tpke Newark Bay Extension (I-78 E) – The eastbound shoulder will be converted into a third travel lane during the morning and evening rush to help accommodate extra volume. A new lane control system has been implemented by NJDOT to provide information to motorists about the status of the shoulder.
Truck Route 1&9 – Cars heading towards the Pulaski Skyway NB Entrance will be detoured onto Truck RT 1&9 in Newark. Traffic signals have been reprogrammed along the route to help keep the traffic flowing towards Jersey City and NY.
NJ Tpke Eastern Spur & RT-7
OTHER DETOURS, CLOSURES AND CHANGES FOR DURATION OF DECK REPLACEMENT:
CLOSED: Broadway Ramp to Pulaski Skyway SB.
Detour: Follow signs along Truck RT 1&9 SB
CLOSED: Kearny SB exit + NB entrance ramps.
Detour: Traffic diverted to Truck Route 1&9.
CLOSED: Ferry St EB ramp (Truck RT 1&9) to the NJ Tpke Toll Plaza at Interchange 15E AND Ferry St EB ramp to Doremus Ave.
Ferry Street Detour: Ferry Street traffic heading towards Truck RT 1&9 will be diverted onto Foundry St, then onto Roanoke Street, and back on to Doremus Avenue where drivers can then easily access the NJ Turnpike.
NO LEFT TURNS from Truck RT 1&9 SB onto Communipaw Ave.
Detour: Route 440 SB to the Hudson Mall jughandle at Virginia Avenue for U-turn onto RT-440 NB and right turn onto Communipaw Ave.
Published at 6:51 AM EDT on Apr 14, 2014