NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Major delays were expected Saturday night on the George Washington Bridge, as police closed three of the four upper lanes in both directions for repairs.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the closures were necessary as part of the upper-level deck replacement project.
Three lanes were closed in both directions on the upper level at 10 p.m. on Saturday and will remain closed through Sunday at 10 a.m, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. The lower level will be open.
The Port Authority said the closures will allow crews to replace critical steel deck panels on the current deck, “significantly minimizing the chances of another emergency closure of the bridge during the holidays.”
On Friday, Robert Sinclair with AAA New York called the lanes closures this weekend bad timing. He said 27 percent of the nation will be on the roads this weekend traveling for the holidays.
“About 5.2 million from New York State will be traveling and more a half million of those will be traveling by motor vehicle,” he said.