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Port Authority To Begin Repairs On Lincoln Tunnel’s Helix

The entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel - Weehawken, NJ - File Photo

The entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel – Weehawken, NJ – File Photo

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WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Drivers who use the Lincoln Tunnel during the overnight hours will face detours and delays beginning Monday.

The Port Authority will start repairs to the helix. The $88 million project calls for repaving, rehabilitating the concrete deck and fixing the deteriorating steel under the more than 70-year-old elevated roadway leading to the tunnel.

Eastbound lanes will be closed from 10:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. on weekdays.

The tunnel will remain open and accessible during the overnight work. However, motorists will need to use local roads to enter the tube.

NJ TRANSIT bus passengers will face delays into New York City between 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekends.

The repairs and delays are expected to continue through late fall.

More than 40 million vehicles a year use the Lincoln Tunnel, one of the busiest crossings in the world, according to the Port Authority.

For more information, call 511, visit www.511nj.org or click here.

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