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Frequently Asked Questions


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The following provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project.


Q.
What is the status of the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project?
A.

The Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project is being carried out through ten separate contracts, with completion anticipated in 2020.

Contract 1 is nearing completion and Contract 2 is under way.

  • Contract 1, to remove concrete encasements from structural steel to assess condition and make any needed repairs, began in 2012.
  • Contract 2 involves deck replacements and other work on the Conrail and Hoboken Viaducts. This work will result in traffic impacts primarily in Jersey City. Work under this contract is anticipated to be completed by early 2016.
  • Contracts 3 and 4 involve the Pulaski Skyway deck replacement and the closure of northbound lanes. Work on Contract 3 began in July 2013, but northbound lanes will not be closed until early 2014.
  • Contract 5 involves the full rehabilitation of the Kearny and Broadway ramps.
  • Contracts 6 and 7 involve steel repairs.
  • Contracts 8 and 9 involve seismic retrofits, superstructure and substructure repairs.
  • Contract 10 involves painting the steel structure.
Q.
What type of improvement is planned for the Pulaski Skyway?
A.
The following improvements will be made:
  • Replacement of the deck over the full length of the bridge
  • Structural steel repairs
  • Repairs to the concrete columns, piers and abutments for the full length of the bridge, including seismic retrofit improvements
  • Lengthening of an acceleration lane for motorists using the Broadway ramp to merge into Pulaski Skyway southbound traffic
  • Improvements to lighting and electrical systems
Q.
How long will it take to rehabilitate the Route 139 Hoboken and Conrail Viaducts?
A.
Contract 2 construction began in Fall 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2016.
 
Q.
Will the Route 139 Hoboken and Conrail Viaducts be widened?
A.
No, the proposed work does not include widening the Viaducts. The improvements include replacing the deck and supporting beams and the columns supporting the eastbound side of the Hoboken Viaduct. The westbound side of the roadway, which is on fill, will be resurfaced as part of the project.
   
Q.
Will there be detours and delays?
A.

Contract 2, which involves the rehabilitation of Route 139 and the Hoboken and Conrail Viaducts, will affect Jersey City traffic, including detours for local traffic.

Contracts 3 and 4 involve replacing the Pulaski Skyway's four travel lanes. This work will significantly affect traffic for approximately 24 months, starting in April 2014. Most of the other work planned for the Pulaski Skyway will not have significant impact on traffic. However, Route 7 will experience road closures during the final phase of construction for the Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge during its last contract.

   
Q.
Will detours affect traffic patterns on local streets?
A.
The detours for Contracts 3 and 4 deck replacement will utilize state and county roadways. A minimal number of local streets will be included in the detour routes for the ramp closures on the Pulaski Skyway. Route 139 Hoboken and Conrail Viaduct detours will affect local streets in Jersey City.
 
Q.
How will the public be informed of delays and closures?
A.

Information on road closures, delays and congestion will be available from various sources. The public should become familiar with these sources and check for regular updates. The Department's goal is to minimize inconvenience by providing real-time updates to help the public navigate available travel options. Information will be provided via:

  • Variable Message Signs
  • NJDOT Web site
  • Municipal Web sites
  • 511NJ online and over-the-phone travel information
  • Radio and television
  • Twitter@skywayrehab
Q.
How can I avoid delays due to road closures?
A.

Everyone can play a part in minimizing congestion during the critical phase of this project when the northbound travel lanes will be closed. Several useful strategies are available from which to choose. These include:

  • Switch to public transportation
  • Join a carpool or vanpool
  • Adjust travel times around peak morning and evening travel periods
  • Telecommute or work at other sites that your employer may have available
 
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  Last Updated:  April 11, 2014