NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Late-night drivers could experience lengthy delays as an overnight construction project on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge begins this week.
Overnight road work on the New Jersey-bound lanes of the bridge will begin Monday at 11 p.m.
As WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reported, the GWB is 82 years old and is showing its age.
The Port Authority will be replacing 362 joint panels overnight on weeknights for the next six weeks.
“It’s six feet long and approximately 11 feet wide,” engineer Bernard Yostpille told Haskell. “With this repair, we are limiting the amount of repair to about 10 percent of the deck area.”
The cranes needed for the project will require three of four lanes to be closed. There will also be some temporary full closures of the upper level of the span, which could lead to extensive delays of up to an hour, the Port Authority said.
Construction will go on from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, the span won’t re-open until 10 a.m., officials said.
The $82 million project will alternate on a weekly basis between the New Jersey-bound and New York-bound lanes, starting with outbound traffic this week.
The lower level of the bridge, which is usually E-ZPass only in the overnight hours, will accept cash during the construction project.
“Car drivers can get to the lower level, be fully staffed with toll collectors. I would strongly advise that they move down to the lower level,” Cedric Fulton, the Port Authority’s director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals, told Haskell.
Trucks must still use the upper level of the bridge.
For project details, visit www.panynj.gov.
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