Construction to Repair Bridge Cracks in New Jersey Causes Lincoln Tunnel Traffic Headache

An emergency construction project to repair cracks in the Hackensack River Bridge in Secaucus, New Jersey, is expected to snarl New York City-bound traffic toward the Lincoln Tunnel for at least the next two weeks.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation said construction on Route 3 eastbound began Wednesday afternoon and will take place 24 hours a day for about two weeks.

Tractor-trailers will only be allowed in the center lane through the duration of the construction.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate travel routes.

The bridge has been a concern to safety inspectors since October, when engineers performed a series of inspections and tests. And the Department of Transportation got test results Tuesday that showed cracks had developed in two sections of a long steel beam that supports the bridge's main span.

The news comes one day after state Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox called for immediate safety inspections on every bridge in the state.

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