CBS2 Exclusive: Bayonne Bridge Closure Sparks ‘Insane’ Sunday Night Gridlock

UPDATE 7/19/2017 1:46 p.m. Bayonne Bridge to reopen Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m.

BAYONNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Sunday night traffic has been a major headache for travelers trying to cross from New Jersey to New York.

A full closure of the Bayonne Bridge created conditions that some have described as “insane.”

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello found during an exclusive report, Perth Amboy was like one big parking lot on Sunday night. It was so bad that Mayor Wilda Diaz decided to stream the madness.

“It’s just endless — look at this! All the way down Convery Boulevard,” she said.

Twitter users called conditions on the New Jersey Turnpike “apocalyptic” and “insane.”

Drivers were stuck for hours on a summer Sunday night.

“Can you imagine if you have a carload, three or four kids, sitting there, moving inches at a time,” Mike Reilly said.

He was inching forward towards Staten Island.

The weekend closure of the Bayonne Bridge has been blamed for much of the traffic mess — jamming up the turnpike as vehicles divert towards the Outerbridge Crossing.

Many drivers have looked for relief on local roads, creating problems in Perth Amboy.

It got so bad that the Port Authority took to social media to ask drivers to stay on the highway to access the Outerbridge.

It prompted one driver to ask why the Bayonne Bridge wasn’t open to alleviate traffic.

CBS2 Demanded Answers on Monday, and after first defending the need for a full weekend closure of the bridge, the Port Authority did a partial u-turn.

“We committed today, that the bridge will no longer be closed on Sunday night as it has in the past. The bridge will reopen Sunday afternoons in time to accommodate traffic returning from summer weekends,” the Port Authority said.

“Keeping it open Sunday night, so people can get home is a good compromise,” Reilly said.

The Port Authority said it heard the complaints and is adjusting accordingly. It’s good news for tens of thousands of drivers.

Mayor Diaz says she will meet with Port Authority officials on Tuesday. She’s looking to find out, among other things, exactly how early on Sunday afternoons the bridge will reopen.

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  1. J.T. Lewis says:

    The solution: build more freeways/expressways/parkways and spend less on public transit. Public transit won’t be that sustainable in 50 years, and the signs are starting to show (gangs, bugs, 5150’s, etc.).

  2. Jason Stone says:

    This is what happens when infrastructure is ignored for decades. The real story here is why two heavily used bridges that were outdated 30 years ago can still be in operation in 2017.

  3. block the bridge from NJ side and it’s called bridgegate….block the bridge from NY side it’s it’s called progressive activism.

  4. George Carlin said there’s big money in staying put. I would add, not to mention sanity, more leisure time, and general overall happiness.

  5. Just got back from a vacation in Colorado. Dead stopped on I-25 the major North/South Highway, in the middle of nowhere. there are too many people period. Plus they migrated there from California so quickly the infrastructure could not keep up. At least it’s beautiful while you’re in traffic. NYC, thank god there is a place for those idiots, I wouldn’t want them here. And Colorado, it would be fine if they didn’t let those California liberals in there. notice how the problems can be traced back to liberals?

  6. Takit Itzfre says:

    Stay the heck in your own state and don’t migrate south. We have enough northern azz-holes ruining traffic down here already.

  7. The planners know what they are dealing with. Usually its because the municipality does not want to pay double time for working road crews at night when traffic is down.

  8. Loved growing up on Long Island, but I do not miss the traffic that summer brings to the NYC area.

  9. This is why the Normal-American Community would rather live in our cars than within 500 miles of that rusted-out, union-encrusted, greedy democRat corrupt dump.

  10. i left north jersey after high school at the age of 17 and never looked back.

  11. Stop the insanity, vote Republican!

  12. Sounds more like a typical Los Angeles commute every day.

  13. Cody Shepard says:

    It’s really funny sitting here in a great place, no winter, endless summer, mountain view, yes with stores, hospitals within a mile. Light traffic. Friendly people. At idiots that want to have the life quality of a rat. Who have to pay exorbitant taxes to Communist who run their local governments. Who have to put extra security on everything that’s not chained down. Or the new urban hell hole look, the (Rusty) iron bar fence and window bars That can’t travel 50 miles because of traffic.I just can’t understand the stupidly of people. …O… They say but’s it’s New York. …That’s even funnier because like your last selfi that your think is the end all. Nobody gives a s^&t .

  14. Mike Arvand says:

    elect stupid people. Win stupid prizes. This is what happens when liberals run a place.

    1. Fact. Additionally, they create problems through bad policies so they can be “heroes” when “fix” them…… giving their form of governance the illusion of working. “Never let a crisis go to waste”, right?

  15. The traffic jam had little to do with Bayonne bridge closures. Most of this traffic was coming from down south — Jersey shore. That traffic doesn’t go up to bayonne. GWB was a parking lot to 80/95; Northbound turpike was standstill from before Exit 12 to Goethals, and Outerbridge Crossing was a parking lot. This is everyone getting away to Jersey and coming back at the same time. Bayonne bridge opening will help a tiny bit, but it will still be a mess next weekend.

    1. I agree. Has little to do with the Bayonne. Shore traffic rarely heads to the Bayonne and usual Sunday traffic on that bridge is light

  16. Under deblasio, NYC is not a post-apocalyptic war zone. Thanks liberals!

    Liberals are sick people. They have no morals or ethics. Obama and his liberal cronies hate the Constitution and free market capitalism. They do nothing but bleed the middle class dry.

    My tax rate is 40% and my healthcare is now $700 per month thanks to Obamacare. My car insurance is still just $25/month (thanks to Insurance Panda), but if you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, where car insurance will run you $300+ per month, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of the United Socialist States of America.

    The cultural Marxists have really done a number on Western youth, haven’t they? What a bunch of sick people.

    1. Steve Bourg says:

      ConnieW: You’re exactly right…….but taxes are even worse. You need to count the so-called “Employer” half of FICA and count your property taxes even if you’re renting…..prop taxes should be divided by gross pay and is normally around 10! You’ll see your total taxes are even worse. Too bad the NYTimes never wakes people up with articles about it. They’re super-LIbs, and LOVE big govt…….apparently

  17. Our far left MSM will find some way to blame this on Trump ! Hillary up by 10 !

  18. One day somewhere traffic will congeal. After say more than 2 hours someone will have to abandon their car to find a bathroom. If that driver is the only person in the car, it will worsen the traffic. After that another and another will walk away. Some hours later water and food will be necessary and more walk aways. Then gas tanks hit empty. The clot will propagate through all the roads leading into this zone. And then those new clots will propagate through their tributary system.
    Over hours and days the entire highway system will become a supersaturated system that has begun to crystallize.

  19. No one ever claimed the “starbrights” that head state highway departments were smart. Any buffoon would realize closing a bridge on a Sunday night would not be wise by any stretch of the imagination–ESPECIALLY in the summer when people flock to the Jersey shore for the weekend and return home on Sunday.

  20. Alan Smithee says:

    Ah… the east coast… where every bridge lane closure becomes a major political scandal or government conspiracy, and any potential major weather event becomes the storm of century, if not the storm of the millennium, with TV national 24/7 coverage of how we’re experiencing the coming national apocalypse.

    Meanwhile the rest of the nation goes WTF?

  21. “He was inching forward towards Staten Island”. Alright, so it’s not like this guy was going anywhere important; let’s all calm down. Oh, and to the idiots that are complaining about there sh1tb@g kids – learn to parent! Life is not about them. Teach them how to sit down and shutup.

  22. Putin is the person responsible!!!

  23. Jim Morrison says:

    If Al Sharpton shut it down so he could throw his Hands up in the air and scream how he can;t breath everyone would have been cool-day-la with it.

  24. The Bayonne Bridge has been closed for repairs at night for the last ten years. Surely a new bridge could have been constructed by this time.

    1. New York is trying to attract businesses to the state and is bragging that they are building and airports and bridges but these things are expensive and taxes must be raised to pay for them. Who do they think wants high taxes and poor services.

  25. Bart Drennon says:

    Why would it be closed at all? Poor journalism.

  26. Charles Dil says:

    Gonna blame this one on Christie?

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