Pavement Replacement Project Expected To Wrap Up This Fall

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Motorists who use the Outerbridge Crossing during the overnight hours will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge through October.

Pavement replacement work is set to begin on the Outerbridge beginning Tuesday night.

The span, which links Perth Amboy with Staten Island, N.Y., will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. from Mondays to Thursdays. It will be closed on Fridays from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

The bridge will be open on Saturday and Sunday nights and holiday weekends.

The Outerbridge Crossing will close at 9 p.m. on weeknights and open at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings after Labor Day.

The work will be completed by this fall to ensure that it’s fully operational when construction projects begin on the Bayonne Bridge, Pulaski Skyway and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 2014.

The pavement replacement is the first of three projects planned for the bridges connecting Staten Island and New Jersey. The Bayonne Bridge roadway will be raised and the Goethals Bridge will be replaced.

Combined, the three Port Authority projects are expected to generate about 5,000 jobs, $600 million in wages and $2.5 billion in economic activity in the region, according to authorities.

For more information on the repaving project, click here. Drivers can sign up for Port Authority travel alerts by clicking here.

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