TRANSPORTATION

Lincoln Tunnel Helix Gets a Makeover

BY Esha Ray |

Every year, 40 million vehicles use the Lincoln Tunnel to travel between New Jersey and New York City, where the tunnel empties onto West 39th Street. To get into the city, the vast majority of drivers use a single entry point called the helix. This 4,000-ft, sloping roadway loop connects traffic from Route 495 to the tunnel entrance. When congestion clogs the city-bound lanes, one can at least enjoy an expansive view to the east of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has commissioned an $88 million repair job to one of the most crucial transportation links in the tri-state area. Nicknamed the “Helix Fix“, the months-long project aims to repair the spiraling roadway feeding into the Lincoln Tunnel.

Starting this August, drivers will start taking new routes as the 74-year-old helix begins a two-year makeover. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has commissioned an $88 million repair job to one of the most crucial transportation links in the tri-state area. Nicknamed the “Helix Fix“, this project will include repaving the road, putting in new steel beams, and upgrading the concrete median barrier with steel caps, according to the Request to Qualify (RTQ) the Port Authority issued to interested contractors in January 2011.

“There have been constant repair projects over the years,” said Steve Coleman, spokesperson for the Port Authority, to the Hudson Reporter in February, “but none as extensive at this.”

All the work on the helix will take place during overnight hours – from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on most days — when traffic will be detoured to local roads like the South Marginal Highway in Weehawken, which runs parallel to Route 495.

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