Department of Transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project?
The Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project is being carried out through ten separate contracts, with completion anticipated in 2020.

Contract 1 is Complete Contract 2 nearing completion,and Contracts 3 and 4 are under way. Contracts 5,7and 8A are under way.

  • Contract 1, to remove concrete encasements from structural steel to assess condition and make any needed repairs, cpmplete in 2012.
  • Contract 2 involves deck replacements and other work on the Conrail and Hoboken Viaducts.
  • Contracts 3 and 4 involve the Pulaski Skyway deck replacement and the closure of northbound lanes.
  • Contract 5 involves the full rehabilitation of the Kearny and Broadway ramps.
  • Contracts 6 and 7 involve steel repairs.
  • Contracts 8 and 9 involve seismic retrofits, superstructure and substructure repairs.
  • Contract 10 involves painting the steel structure.
What type of improvement is planned for the Pulaski Skyway?
The following improvements will be made:
  • Replacement of the deck over the full length of the bridge
  • Structural steel repairs
  • Repairs to the concrete columns, piers and abutments for the full length of the bridge, including seismic retrofit improvements
  • Lengthening of an acceleration lane for motorists using the Broadway ramp to merge into Pulaski Skyway southbound traffic
  • Improvements to lighting and electrical systems
Is anything being done at the Jersey Avenue signal where the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 139 or the Upper Roadway come together in Jersey City?
Upgraded Traffic signals
Can you limit lift bridge openings during the peak period?
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has agreed to restrict openings of the Hackensack and Passaic lift bridges for non-tide dependent vessels during peak hours. For vessels that are tide dependent, USGC will give the New Jersery Department of Transportation (NJDOT) a 12-hour notice. This information will be posted to Variable Message Signs deployed in the region for this project and on 511NJ to warn motorists well in advance of when lift bridge openings are anticipated.
 How long will it take to rehabilitate the Route 139 Hoboken and Conrail Viaducts?
Contract 2 construction began in Fall 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
 Will the Route 139 Hoboken and Conrail Viaducts be widened?
No, the proposed work does not include widening the Viaducts. The improvements include replacing the deck and supporting beams and the columns supporting the eastbound side of the Hoboken Viaduct. The westbound side of the roadway, which is on fill, will be resurfaced as part of the project.
 How will the public be informed of delays and closures?

Information on road closures, delays and congestion will be available from various sources. The public should become familiar with these sources and check for regular updates. The Department's goal is to minimize inconvenience by providing real-time updates to help the public navigate available travel options. Information will be provided via:

  • Variable Message Signs
  • NJDOT Web site
  • Municipal Web sites
  • 511NJ online and over-the-phone travel information
  • Radio and television
  • Twitter@skywayrehab
How can I avoid delays due to road closures?

Everyone can play a part in minimizing congestion during the critical phase of this project when the northbound travel lanes will be closed. Several useful strategies are available from which to choose. These include:

  • Switch to public transportation
  • Join a carpool or vanpool
  • Adjust travel times around peak morning and evening travel periods
  • Telecommute or work at other sites that your employer may have available

Last updated date: November 17, 2020 2:40 PM