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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Joe Dee
or Steve Schapiro
RELEASE: January 23, 2014

Traffic pattern changed at
Route 1&9T and Communipaw Avenue

Left-turn slot from Route 1&9T southbound
to Communipaw Avenue eliminated in
connection with Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project


(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced a traffic pattern change in Jersey City that eliminates left turns from Route 1&9T southbound onto Communipaw Avenue.

The change was made in advance of the closure of Pulaski Skyway (Route 1&9) northbound travel lanes in connection with the ongoing Skyway rehabilitation project, and will remain in place until the Skyway’s four travel lanes are rebuilt and northbound travel on the Skyway resumes.

The purpose of the traffic pattern change at Route 1&9T and Communipaw Avenue is to maximize the capacity of Route 1&9T northbound travel lanes, which will be chosen by some motorists as an alternate route when the Pulaski rehabilitation project eliminates northbound travel on the Skyway for approximately two years.

  • The left-turn slot that had been used by Route 1&9T southbound traffic to turn left onto Communipaw Avenue has been eliminated.
  • Motorists must now proceed through the intersection and use a jughandle ramp to make a U-turn onto Route 440 northbound and then turn right onto Communipaw Avenue.

NJDOT needed to engineer several changes at the intersection to maximize traffic throughput on Route 1&9T northbound. The key change was to provide an acceleration lane for motorists who use a ramp near the intersection to travel from Route 1&9T northbound to Route 440 southbound.

The lack of an acceleration lane produced congestion on the ramp and on Route 1&9T northbound. This congestion has reduced the operational performance of the intersection for those motorists continuing on Route 1&9T northbound. The new traffic pattern will benefit local and regional motorists during the reconstruction of the Pulaski Skyway bridge deck.

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