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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Brendan Gill or Erin Phalon

RELEASE: March 21, 2006

NJDOT and Jersey City offer free pedestrian shuttle on Route 139

Complimentary service will start March 20

(Trenton) Commissioner Kris Kolluri and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) starting March 20 will offer a free shuttle service (pdf 189 kb) for pedestrians on the 12th and 14th Street Viaducts in Jersey City.


"The Route 139 complimentary shuttle service is part of NJDOT's overall mission to increase safety and to mitigate disturbances related to our construction projects," said Commissioner Kolluri. "The shuttle service will improve the safety and mobility of local pedestrians affected by NJDOT's Route 139 Holland Tunnel Approaches rehabilitation project."


NJDOT's pedestrian shuttle will run from 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. to accommodate identified peak pedestrian hours for the remainder of the construction project. Pedestrians may access the shuttle on 14th Street between Hoboken and Palisade Avenues and on the East side of Jersey Avenue between 12th and 14th Street (in the emergency loading zone). NJDOT will evaluate potential service hours and routes for six months to ensure maximum ridership.


"I am pleased to offer Jersey City residents a safe means to cross Route 139 during the rehabilitation of the Holland Tunnel approaches" said Mayor Healy. "I look forward to working with NJDOT to ensure that this project progresses in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of local residents."


NJDOT partnered with Jersey City and the Hudson and Meadowlink TMA's to provide the shuttle service and educate pedestrians regarding the dangers of walking along the viaduct and to advertise the availability of the shuttle.

During the first stage of construction this fall, NJDOT removed a sidewalk that pedestrians commonly used in order to traverse the viaducts. Pedestrians began walking down the viaduct from Hoboken Avenue East to Jersey Avenue and crossing where the Turnpike and the Route 139 merge. The complimentary shuttle service will provide pedestrians a safe and efficient means to travel the viaducts.


The Route 139 Approach to the Holland Tunnel Project is a federally-funded, $225 million project that will rehabilitate and reconstruct the existing, structurally deficient 12th and 14th Street Viaducts. NJDOT on March 13 will start the second phase of the project, which will entail the repair of the lower roadway area where the 12 th and 14 th Street viaducts merge. Crews will replace and waterproof the concrete deck and bridge walls, repair structural steel, and install steel beams under the viaducts to ensure their structural integrity. In addition, NJDOT will improve motorist safety by securing the viaducts' foundations.  

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