Department Apologizes For Miscommunication

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fans stuck in traffic coming home from the Taylor Swift concert at MetLife Stadium Saturday night likely thought they were never, ever getting home.

The trouble started when construction crews shut down a lane on Route 3, causing a serious backup as the show was getting out.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is now taking the blame for the blunder, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.

“It was severe,” said NJDOT spokesman Joe Dee. “We’ll do everything we can to make sure that it never happens again.”

NJDOT said the backup was caused by a miscommunication. Typically, the state coordinates with the stadium for big events.

“We’re looking into that, to see what happened,” Dee said.

The NJDOT said construction was supposed to have been suspended Saturday night for the Swift show, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

The Route 3 bridge replacement project over the Passaic River consistently causes headaches for N.J. commuters with its unpredictable lane closures, shifts and detours.

The construction won’t be finished by next year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, but the NJDOT says all lanes will remain open for the entire week.

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