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Major Construction Project Soon To Begin On Route 495 Viaduct

June 25, 2018 - 2:12 pm
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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Millions of people sit in traffic every day at the Lincoln Tunnel on the Route 495 viaduct in Hudson County, New Jersey.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported Monday, a new construction project will not make that easier – at least in the short term.

The nine-span, eight-lane Route 495 viaduct leading to the Lincoln Tunnel turns 80 years old this year. To celebrate – or maybe not – the Department of Transportation has kicked off a major rehabilitation project that should take two years.

The project is intended to improve the bridge deck and strengthen deteriorated steel.

Details About The Project

Starting in the summer, though, one lane will close in each direction.

“It’s going to be very bad, because there’s no way around this. You know, even the DOT concedes there is no parallel road nearby that you can use to get around this thing. You know, local streets, they’re not going to really do much for you, and I think, frankly, locals will try to discourage you from doing it anyway. That’s not going to gain any time,” NJ Advance Media Reporter Larry Higgs said earlier this month.

The exclusive bus lane will remain in service during the project.

The DOT said the project will cost more than $90 million and should make the bridge serviceable for at least 75 more years.