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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Kevin Israel
Daniel Triana
RELEASE: October 31, 2015

Palisade Avenue northbound to be closed
next week for gas main work in Jersey City


Traffic will be detoured as the
Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation Contract 2 advances

(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced Palisade Avenue northbound will be closed next week for gas main work as part of the Pulaski Skyway Contract 2.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 4, PSE&G is scheduled to close Palisade Avenue northbound at Newark Avenue for the gas main tie-in at the intersection of Route 139. Local access to Washburn Avenue and Dickinson High School will be maintained. The work is expected to take up to five days. If it is completed earlier, the road will be reopened sooner.

Palisade Avenue southbound will remain open but the lane will be narrowed. Pedestrian access across the Palisade Avenue bridge over Route 139 will be maintained as well.

The left lane of Route 139 westbound upper level will be closed approximately 200 feet east of Palisade Avenue through Concord Avenue where it will be restored to two lanes. The dedicated right-turn lane from Route 139 westbound upper level to Palisade Avenue northbound will be maintained.

The following detour will be in place:

  • Traffic heading north on Palisade Avenue will be directed west onto Newark Avenue to Baldwin Avenue across Route 139 and local street access back to Palisades Avenue
  • Northbound NJ Transit Buses (#84 & 86) will be detoured via Baldwin Avenue and Beacon Street

This work is part of the $110 million Pulaski Contract 2, which will repair and improve the upper and lower levels of Route 139. Route 139 links the eastern end of the Pulaski Skyway to the Jersey City waterfront and the Holland Tunnel. During this contract, the deck on Route 139 upper level eastbound will be replaced, along with five cross street bridges from Palisade Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard.

Contract 2 is part of the $1 billion Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project, which is being advanced through 10 separate construction contracts into the year 2020. The massive improvement project will extend the life of the Skyway by 75 years.

In April 2014, NJDOT began Contract 3, which is the closure of the Pulaski Skyway northbound lanes for two years while the existing deck of the 3.5-mile long structure that carries Route 1&9 traffic is replaced. Two southbound travel lanes will be maintained during this phase of the rehabilitation project.

NJDOT created a project-specific website - www.pulaskiskyway.com - which contains a wealth of information about the Skyway and the project, and will be updated with relevant new information as work progresses. The Department is carefully coordinating the Pulaski Skyway project with other regional transportation infrastructure projects to minimize traffic congestion.

The Department has a hotline telephone number, 973-776-7400, and encourages anyone who has questions, concerns or suggestions to contact the Project Outreach Team as work progresses.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.  Motorists are encouraged to follow us on Twitter @Skywayrehab and check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

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