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Baroni: GWB lane closures were for traffic study

11-25-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An executive with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the agency was wrong to close two local-access lanes of the George Washington Bridge without notice in September.

Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni says two of three lanes for Fort Lee-based traffic were closed for a traffic study.

Baroni says Fort Lee is the only town with lanes specifically designated for their use at rush-hour.

He says that’s not fair to commuters from the rest of Bergen County.

Baroni is appearing before the Assembly Transportation Committee Monday to answer questions about the unannounced closures that caused gridlock and raised questions whether they were politically motivated.

Committee Chairman John Wisniewski says Baroni is dancing around the issue.