Six-Week-Long Project Began Last Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)The George Washington Bridge upper deck replacement project continues Monday night, this time on the eastbound lanes.

For the overnight hours during the workweek, three of the span’s four lanes on the upper level will be closed to traffic.

The lanes will be closed Monday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and from midnight to 8 a.m. Friday into Saturday.

There will be no lane closings on Saturday or Sunday nights. Routine maintenance work will also be ongoing at the bridge, with minimal impacts to the traveling public.

The Port Authority will be replacing 362 joint panels overnight on weeknights for the next five weeks.

The work involves replacing six-foot sections of deck adjacent to the deck joints with a modified deck system that will extend the bridge deck’s life by 15 to 20 years, according to the Port Authority. The existing steel deck was installed in 1978.

The six-week project began August 5 with the partial closure of the westbound lanes.

The $82 million project will alternate on a weekly basis between the New Jersey-bound and New York-bound lanes.

The lower level, which is typically E-ZPass only in the overnight hours, will remain open to cars and be staffed with toll collectors to accommodate the upper deck partial closure.

Trucks are still required to take the upper level.

For project details, click here.

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