NJ and NY commuters: Get ready for 2-year nightmare at Holland Tunnel
Heads up for motorists who take the Holland Tunnel.
All New Jersey-bound traffic at the tunnel will be suspended six overnights each week beginning 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. The closures will last two years.
The work is designed for critical Superstorm Sandy repairs, according to the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Similar New York-bound traffic closures that began in April 2020 will end at 5 a.m. on Feb. 4 as the PANYNJ completes repairs and storm resiliency projects related to Sandy damage in the tunnels’ south tube.
Holland Tunnel repair project
The $364 million repair project during the overnight closures include the replacement of mechanical, electrical, communications, and plumbing systems damaged by the salt from Sandy seawater flooding, as well as repairs to architectural, structural, and civil elements of the tunnel’s infrastructure.
Short-term measures were deployed within a year after the storm to address flood mitigation concerns, but now more extensive work needs to be done to accommodate extensive and critical work to permanently fix or replace damaged components.
The Port Authority will install flood mitigation improvements such as flexible wall barriers at the tunnel exits designed to withstand extreme weather events and meet federal flood standards.
Change in traffic pattern at Holland Tunnel
During the repairs to the north tube, westbound traffic toward New Jersey will be suspended during six overnights until 2025 as followed:
Sunday to Thursday nights: 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Friday nights: 11:59 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Saturday nights: No scheduled closures
Motorists are advised to use the alternate routes:
North Jersey: Use the George Washington Bridge
Hudson or Essex counties: Use the Lincoln Tunnel
Staten Island or South Jersey: Use the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the Goethals, Bayonne or Outerbridge Crossing bridges.
More information is available on the project website here.
Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at email@example.com
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