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Union County Residents Advised to Prepare for Pulaski Skyway Closures

February 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that the New Jersey State Department of Transportation (DOT) will commence major work on the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway starting on April 12. Although the Skyway is not located within Union County, the project is expected to affect traffic patterns throughout the region.

The project will require the closure of all northbound lanes for approximately two years in order to rehabilitate the bridge deck.

“We have been working with DOT to keep Union County commuters informed on their travel options, and we will continue to provide updates from DOT and NJ TRANSIT as more details become available,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

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Complete details on the Skyway project and transit options, including help with carpooling, are available from DOT at pulaskiskyway.com.

One new option available to Union County commuters is the new NJ TRANSIT bus route No. 95, sponsored by DOT in support of the Pulaski Skyway project.

Beginning on March 3, bus No. 95 will operate between the new Park-and-Ride in the Sears parking lot on Route 22 in Watchung to the Market Street Bus Lane at Newark Penn Station, making stops in Union County.

“I have asked DOT to meet with Union County residents and seek ways to mitigate the effect that the Pulaski Skyway closing will have on their daily commutes,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados, who is liaison to the Union County Transportation Advisory Board. “We all need to work together to help smooth travel in our region during this disruptive period.”

Bus No. 95 will serve existing bus stops along Route 22 and through Springfield and Union, then travel express via Route 22 and Route 22 to Newark.

It will operate on weekdays, with inbound Watchung-to-Newark service only during the morning. There will be eight trips at half-hour intervals from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

In the evening, No. 95 will operate outbound Newark-to-Watchung service weekdays only from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., also with eight trips at half-hour intervals.

Complete information on the new bus No. 95 is available at the NJ TRANSIT travel alert page.

Links to all regional transit are available on the Union County website at ConneXions, ucnj.org/connect. A direct link to the DOT Pulaski Skyway website is also conveniently located on the Union County home page, ucnj.org (click on the Pulaski Skyway icon).

For more information on the new bus No. 95 call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Please join the County of Union online at ucnj.org, on Facebook at ucnj.org/facebook, and on Twitter at twitter.com/countyofunionnj.

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