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Traveling Around The Area This Weekend? Here is Where You Can Expect Delays

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Drivers should be aware of changes to traffic to the George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and Holland Tunnel this weekend. Credits: Chris O’Donnel
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NEW YORK, NY - If you are traveling around the region this weekend, there are going to be some projects delaying or rerouting your trip.  There will be plenty of work going in the region, according to press releases from the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey.

The following lane closings are planned for the Bayonne Bridge, George Washington Bridge and the Holland Tunnel this weekend and/or next week for ongoing construction and repair projects.

Bayonne Bridge:

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The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, through 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5, for ongoing construction work.

Holland Tunnel:

One westbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours from Sunday, May 6, through Thursday, May 10, from 11:59 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. the following morning.  The closings are needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.

One eastbound lane in the tunnel will be closed during overnight hours from Sunday, May 6, through Thursday, May 10, from 11 p.m. each night through 5 a.m. the following morning.  The closings are needed for ongoing tunnel repairs.

George Washington Bridge:

Two lanes on the bridge’s upper level eastbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, through 10 a.m. Sunday, May 6.

The bridge’s lower level eastbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, May 4, through 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

The bridge’s lower level westbound side will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, May 4, through 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

The Palisades Interstate Parkway southbound lane at the toll plaza will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, through 10 a.m. Sunday, May 6.

Hudson Terrace South will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, May 4, through 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

PATH News

PATH has scheduled a 17-weekend series of tunnel and station closures, beginning with the weekend of May 19 and resuming July 7 through the end of October, to complete federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment and software installation and perform rigorous tests of the system.

The PTC schedule will mean closing the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations during the weekends of May 19 and July 7, which will affect the Newark-World Trade Center lines. All New York PATH stations from Hoboken to 33rd Street will be closed starting the weekend of July 14 and running through October 28, impacting train schedules and service.

The Hoboken PATH station will be open during this period except for three Sundays: September 15 and 22, and October 13. The closures will run each weekend from 11:59 p.m. on Fridays through 5 a.m. the following Monday. They will not be in effect Labor Day weekend.

To ease rider impact, PATH is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide free 2-trip MetroCards for travelers affected by the closures. Customers will be able to pick up the 2-trip cards at designated points from PATH ambassadors. The special MetroCards can be used only during the weekend issued.

Once the outages work begins and throughout the period of PTC work, closure details and updates can be accessed throughwww.panynj.gov/PATHplanner.

“The Port Authority and PATH are working diligently to ensure we maintain the highest level of customer service during this period of system and safety improvements,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “What this will mean in the long term is a far safer, more convenient and highly efficient system for all of our customers.”

“We’re aware of the inconvenience the PTC project will mean for so many of our weekend passengers, and we appreciate their patience and understanding as we continue this vitally important work to improve their travel experience,” said PATH General Manager Michael Marino.

PATH conducted a similar weekend closure program during the second half of 2016 in the first phase of PTC implementation, primarily for initial equipment and signal installation. The railroad is on track to meet the federal PTC implementation deadline of December 31, 2018. It will provide a safer, more secure ride for passengers, and contribute to increased train frequency and capacity.

PTC technology, which controls train speed and movement in the event of a train operator issue or other emergency, is an integral part of PATH’s comprehensive Automatic Train Control (ATC) program. ATC is designed not only to improve safety but bolster communication between trains through Communication Based Train Control (CBTC). CBTC continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance, and allows trains to run more frequently and closer together.

A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is available at http://www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.ht

Airports

In case you using LaGuardia Airport, as part of the $8 billion construction of the new LaGuardia Airport, all passengers arriving at Terminal B seeking ground transportation from black cars, Uber, Lyft or other ride-hail services can access them via a short walk starting at 6AM Saturday, May 5.

All car services will pick-up Terminal B passengers on the second level of the new Terminal B parking garage, which opened earlier this year. Passengers can reach the designated pick-up area directly from the departures level through a temporary, covered walkway that connects to Level 2 of the garage.  Enhanced signage throughout the terminal, along the walkway connector, and in the garage will direct passengers to the new area. Port Authority staff will be on hand during the transition to provide assistance.

“We are pleased that this construction milestone will make it easier for passengers arriving at Terminal B to find their car service driver,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We thank passengers for their patience as they continue to navigate the impact of construction. This construction project ultimately will yield a complete redevelopment and modernization of LaGuardia Airport. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, LaGuardia will be the first entirely new airport built in the U.S. in more than 20 years.”

The new indoor pick-up area within a short walk of Terminal B replaces the temporary pick-up location for all car services at Terminal B, which required passengers to take a shuttle bus at most times of the day to accommodate construction activity.  In order to meet the demand of travelers arriving at LaGuardia, the new designated area has more than 200 spaces for cars to queue, and more than 50 loading spaces for passengers to meet their driver. The new garage, which has over 3,000 total parking spots, offers a complimentary first hour to accommodate black car and ride-hail drivers.

Departing passengers will continue to be dropped off at the terminal frontage as usual. Current passenger pick-up and drop-off areas for Terminals A, C and D will remain the same.

In July 2015, Governor Cuomo unveiled the vision for a comprehensive development of LaGuardia Airport. The $8 billion project, 80 percent of which is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees, will create a unified, 21st century terminal system. It is a complex, multi-phased project, requiring the construction of a new airport on top of an existing one while keeping it fully operational.

The project includes a new Terminal B, which will serve Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest and United; a new Delta Air Lines Terminal C replacing the current Terminals C and D; an improved roadway system; new parking infrastructure and other associated projects. The first new terminal area, Terminal B’s Concourse B, is expected to open later this year.

 

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