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Pulaski Skyway Closing For Renovations

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - If you ever traveled between the city of Newark and Jersey City, chances are you took the Pulaski Skyway to get to your destination. Opened in 1932, the bridge spans over three and a half miles and is considered by many to be an obsolete bridge due to its unpredictable traffic congestion and aged infrastructure problems.

Starting April 12th, the Bridge's northbound travel lanes on route 1 and 9 were closed and will stay that way for approximately 2 years according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This has left many New Jersey drivers and business owners worried about the vast problems that may occur with half the bridge closed.

Glen Cinelli of Cinelli Scrap Metals, located underneath part of the skyway, talked about concerns for his business now that the bridge is closed.

"Thank God they're only doing it in one direction. That'll help. But we'll see next week what it’s like," Cinelli said.

The forecast for commuter traffic however is very dim for drivers. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop says he will declare a state of emergency to allow the city quicker reaction time to traffic gridlock. State Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson also stated that the whole corridor will be impacted and is calling on drivers to help avoid potentially crippling highway congestion and traffic jams that will also affect local communities like Jersey City, North Bergen, and Kearny.

With the northbound lanes closed, many lawmakers are trying to come up with a solution to help ease traffic concerns that will plague the area for almost two years. Essex County Assemblyman Joseph Cryan has proposed lowering toll rates on the nearby New Jersey Turnpike in order to drive more commuters to take that route while construction is going on.

"The DOT, which has done a job of rerouting traffic, is dependent on sending a lot of that traffic over to the New Jersey Turnpike, where anyone’s who's been on turnpike knows that those tolls are expensive. The idea is to cut the tolls in half during the period of the Pulaski Skyway repairs which is about two years," Cryan said.

This idea doesn’t come without controversy however. Some constituents believe that in order to pay for the Skyway's renovations, tolls should not be cut at a time where their revenue is most crucial. Assemblyman Cryan disagrees stating that there will be a lot more volume on the Turnpike in order to compensate those costs. Regardless of how it gets done, New Jersey drivers will need to start planning alternate routes in order to get to their given destinations in a timely manner.

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