Project Delayed By Utility Crews Moving Communications Lines

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Cold weather won’t be the only thing greeting visitors to the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in February.

A contractor on the project to replace the Route 3 bridge over the Passaic River said the roadwork won’t be finished before the big game. That means football fans from out of town will experience the same tight merges and bumpy ride as local drivers.

READ MORE: Scheifele Has Hat Trick, Jets Beat Devils

“It’s going to be a disaster, there’s no two ways about it,” one driver told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

“If it can’t handle us, I don’t think it’s going to handle the Super Bowl,” another driver said.

READ MORE: Strome Scores As Rangers Beat Sharks; Shesterkin Hurt

The project has been delayed by utility crews moving communications lines, the Record reported. Contractor J. Fletcher Creamer told the newspaper it would cost more in overtime and double shifts to get the job done on time.

The federal government is funding the $160 million project but that the cost of expediting it would have been borne by state taxpayers, a state transportation department spokesman said.

You May Also Be Interested In These Stories:

[display-posts category=”news” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]

MORE NEWS: Nets Escape Timberwolves Behind Durant's 30

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)