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Port Authority still mum on mystery GWB closures

11-13-13

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Several New Jersey lawmakers are asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to explain unannounced lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September that caused massive traffic tie-ups.

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg joined Assemblymen John Wisniewski and Gordon Johnson in criticizing the agency Wednesday for not being transparent about the decision-making behind the closures and who is being held accountable.

The closures of access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee caused hours-long delays. Local officials have said they weren’t notified in advance.

Published reports said the closures were part of a traffic study. But Port Authority officials have refused to give details on the alleged study or who ordered it.

Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye said Wednesday that an investigation is ongoing.