Repair Work Will Snarl Traffic, Cause Bus Delays Over GWB

George Washignton Bridge. Flickr/parvapax.

Both the New York and New Jersey departments of transportation and NJ Transit have issued alerts to motorists and bus riders that a repair project will likely delay travel for those traveling from New Jersey to New York on the George Washington Bridge. The project is scheduled to begin Friday night and continue through October.

According to the New York Department of Transportation, the construction is part of the rehabilitation of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem River on Interstate 95. The organization urges those traveling to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) or the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) to consider alternate routes.

Motorists who cross the George Washington Bridge heading toward the Alexander Hamilton Bridge will be funneled from two travel lanes to one, which the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to cause significant delays, especially during peak travel periods. The NJDOT has more information available on its website.

In addition to traffic once motorists enter New York, the NJDOT says roadways in New Jersey leading to the George Washington Bridge, including those in Fort Lee, will likely be clogged during the project.

NJ Transit released a statement advising bus travelers that beginning Monday, many routes traveling in and around Fort Lee and the inbound George Washington Bridge will operate with significant delays because of increased traffic congestion. To help bus customers, NJ Transit will cross-honor bus tickets on affected routes on the transportation company’s trains along the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Midtown Direct, Main/Bergen and Pascack Valley lines, except for travel to and from Metro-North stations.

The affected NJ Transit bus routes include:

  • 171 Paterson — New York
  • 175 Ridgewood — New York
  • 178 Hackensack — New York
  • 181 Union City — New York
  • 182 Hackensack — New York
  • 186 Dumont — New York
  • 188 North Bergen — New York
  • No. 153 Fairview — Fort Lee — New York Express
  • No. 154 Fort Lee — Palisades Park — New York
  • No. 156 & 156R — Englewood Cliffs — New York
  • No. 158 Fort Lee — Edgewater — New York
  • No. 159 & 159R — Fort Lee — New York
  • No. 755 — Edgewater — Fort Lee — Paramus
  • No. 756 — Englewood Cliffs — Fort Lee — Paramus

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