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.

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“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.

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.

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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.

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