NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY (PIX11)—Driving from New Jersey into the city? Stay clear of the George Washington Bridge.
A major upgrade on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge -- the city's busiest crossing -- will result in huge delays for Garden State drivers crossing the GWB, beginning around Saturday 11 p.m.
The Alexander Hamilton spans the Harlem River, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx.; it's the main artery for motorists going east over the GWB toward I-95. Transportation officials say traffic will have to squeeze from two lanes into one, exiting the GWB. The result will be a ripple effect backing up traffic for miles into New Jersey -- particularly during the morning and evening commutes.
However, traffic leaving the city back into New Jersey won't be affected.
This could last anywhere from three to six months. So, start mapping alternate routes pronto. Garden State drivers are being advised to use any of the three Staten Island crossings: the Goethels and Verrazano bridges or Outerbridge Crossing. If you're coming from the north take the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Meanwhile, local streets in nearby towns like Fort Lee, Leonia, Englewood and Hackensack could also be affected due to traffic spill over. That -- in turn -- could affect emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire trucks and police cruisers from getting to their destinations. According to a report on 1010 WINS, Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich says that could lead to certain sections of the town being shut down to accommodate the.
Drivers on Interstates 80, 95 and the Palisade Parkway can also expect trouble, because of trucks heading to the Bronx for business.
The upgrade is being described as one of the largest construction projects in the history of New York state.
Provided everything goes as scheduled, this phase of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge project should be completed in October.