It feels like deja vu from 2014-2018, but we’re here to tell you that the Pulaski Skyway near Jersey City is closed this weekend in both directions — so make alternate transport plans. It will be closed Friday evening, June 23rd, through Sunday morning, June 25th. Read on for what we know about the upcoming Pulaski Skyway closure.
The state Department of Transportation announced this news Friday as the rehabilitation project on the 91-year-old bridge continues — citing rocker bent work, which is a framework to provide structural support to the bridge.
Being that the bridge is 91 years old, we’re not complaining, especially as this comes off the heels of the dramatic I-95 collapse in Philadelphia earlier this month.
Motorists are encouraged to use the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, according to officials, and the Department will take advantage of this closure to allow for other maintenance operations and bi-annual inspections to occur within the closed work zone to mitigate the need for future lane closures.
The closure will begin at 9PM tonight, Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th at 10AM as NJDOT’s contractor, Skanska Koch, is scheduled to close and detour the Pulaski Skyway in both directions.
The Skyway southbound and the northbound left lane will reopen by 10 a.m. Sunday. The right lane on the Skyway northbound will remain closed until 3PM when all northbound lanes will reopen. The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to jack the Skyway at span 49 over the Broadway Avenue ramp for rocker bent work in Jersey City. In addition, there will be blast cleaning and painting of the overhead bridge truss at span 44 over the railroads in Jersey City. If work is completed early, the Skyway will reopen sooner.
To avoid delays, NJDOT is encouraging motorists to use the NJ Turnpike-Hudson County Extension to all destinations, including the Holland Tunnel, I-78, or to I-280/Route 7 and Route 1&9 Truck southbound. All other motorists will be directed to Route 1&9 Truck in both directions.
The Pulaski Skyway’s Eastbound lanes were previously closed from 2014-2018 for construction, but the closure of both directions is uncommon. We’ll share more updates should any unfold.