NJ Drivers: With Bridge Work, Expect Unprecedented Delays Into NYC
Monday morning's rush hour commute is expected to be terrible for some New Jersey drivers. Major delays are expected leading up to the George Washington Bridge with back-ups in New Jersey as long as 5 to 10 miles, according to traffic experts.

The reason why? A massive construction project on The Alexander Hamilton Bridge began this weekend and is expected to last three months.

"The Alexander Hamilton is the heaviest used bridge in the city," said Sam Schwartz, otherwise known as Gridlock Sam. And drivers commuting eastbound on The George Washington Bridge use the Harlem River crossing to get onto I-95.

"The State Department of Transportation is doing much needed repairs," said Schwartz. According to Schwartz, summer is the right time to start the construction. Summer traffic is lighter.

"The deck of the bridge will be completely replaced with a new concrete deck. The project also involves retrofitting [strengthening] the steel arch span and steel support beams that make up the substructure of the bridge," according to the State Department of Transportation.

Cliffside Park resident Armondo Ortiz plans to leave his house two hours earlier than normal to get to his job in The Bronx. "It's going to be a nightmare. I don't know what to do. But I have to go to my job everyday and I have no choice," said Ortiz.

Fort Lee's mayor is worried drivers will cut through his town to find a quicker way to the George Washington Bridge.

"We're just very concerned that everybody is going to use Fort Lee as a cut-through and short-cut and we are going to do everything we can do to make sure folks stay on the major thoroughfares, said Mayor Mark Sokolich. "So, if we have to, we are going to barricade local cut-offs and local roads."

According to New York State's DOT, more than 188,000 vehicles use the Alexander Hamilton Bridge every day.

Traffic experts recommend New Jersey drivers take the train or other routes to New York. Options include the Tappan Zee Bridge or Staten Island crossings. It's expected that the Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel will have delays as well.

NJ Transit is also cross-honoring bus passes on trains from July 16 to July 31 in an effort to help resduce vehicular traffic accross the Alexander Hamilton Bridge. For more information, visit www.njtransit.com.