In a move to accelerate completion of a major project to rehabilitate the 73-year-old Outerbridge Crossing, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will shut the bridge's eastbound lanes each night beginning March 18 until late fall.
During the closing, eastbound traffic will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge. In the previous two years, the westbound lanes were closed each night.
"This shift in our plans will help us make up for some of the time lost due to operational impacts related to the World Trade Center tragedy," said Ken Philmus, the Port Authority's director of tunnels, bridges and terminals. "It will allow us to complete the Outerbridge project sooner and then shift our resources more quickly to the Goethals Bridge, which is in dire need of repairs. Since the Outerbridge closures will be in the New York bound direction, there will be less impact on motorists traveling to the Jersey Shore this summer."
All eastbound lanes of the Outerbridge Crossing will be closed Monday nights through Thursday nights 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday nights and Saturday nights 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. There will be no lane closings Sunday nights.
For directions to the Goethals Bridge and to view a map of the area, visit http://www.panynj.gov/tbt/octestframe.HTM. For construction updates, call 1-800-221-9903 TTY: 1-800-733-8899.
Additionally, the Port Authority will begin work in late spring to replace 30 roadway joints at the Goethals Bridge, which are in need of priority repair.
To allow the work to be done, one westbound lane to New Jersey on the Goethals Bridge will be closed nightly Monday nights through Thursday nights 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Friday nights and Saturday nights 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. No closings Sunday nights.
When the Goethals work begins, travelers heading westbound to New Jersey are advised to use the Outerbridge Crossing to avoid possible delays at the Goethals.
Updates on both bridge projects will be available on the Port Authority's Web site at www.panynj.gov or by calling 1-800-221-9903.