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New Yorkers who see a low flying airplane along the Hudson River on Wednesday morning will have no need to panic.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey came under fire Monday for unannounced lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last month, which caused massive traffic headaches.
Sections of the Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Battery Park Underpass to the northbound FDR Drive/Harlem River Drive, Henry Hudson Parkway, and Mosholu Parkway were scheduled to be closed for the 2013 MS Bike Tour.
Earlier this week the Port Authority announced that the lower level of the bridge would be closed from 9 p.m. on Saturday until 7 a.m. on Sunday for an emergency response drill.
Two of the three lanes approaching the GWB tolls caused gridlock over four straight days beginning Sept. 9. The lanes were reopened following rush hour on Sept. 13.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says construction on the George Washington Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing was suspended Friday and won’t resume until Tuesday.
The suspect, identified as Juan Mendez, should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.
Three lanes of the inbound upper deck were closed due to the tanker leak. The incident happened around 3:15 p.m., authorities said. The tanker was cleared as of 4 p.m. but delays remained, authorities said.
Three of four eastbound upper level 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.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey workers will replace sections of the steel beams that support the roadway. The cranes needed for the project require three of the four lanes to be closed.
Construction will go on from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday on the upper level. On Saturdays, the span won’t re-open until 10 a.m., officials said.
On Friday night road crews shut down Rt. 4 East, it will remain closed on Saturday, that closure will be followed by a major shut down on the George Washington Bridge.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials are preparing for roadwork scheduled to begin Monday night on the George Washington Bridge.
Port Authority police have arrested a truck driver, who they say has cheated the agency of $28,000 in tolls. Marcus Tifa is charged with theft of services and tampering with public records.
The Port Authority said the traffic nightmare all started when an RV caught fire on lower level of the bridge.