TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation officials today announced that southbound traffic on the Pulaski Skyway is scheduled to be shifted onto two sections of the newly completed northbound lanes on Monday, April 4, as the rehabilitation of the historic 84-year-old bridge advances.
The Skyway will be closed in both directions this weekend to set up the crossover and to install deck panels on other spans.
Beginning Monday morning, southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound lanes in two places – the first shift will take place before the Broadway Ramp and continue to just before the bridge span over the Hackensack River where traffic will be shifted back to the southbound lanes.
The second shift will move traffic from the southbound lanes back to the newly constructed northbound lanes just past the Passaic River span through the end of the Skyway where traffic will merge back onto Route 1 & 9 southbound.
Motorists are reminded to use caution as they get accustomed to the new traffic pattern. As more of the northbound lanes are completed, additional traffic shifts will be implemented.
Raymond Boulevard Exit Closure
In conjunction with the second crossover at the west end of the Skyway, the Raymond Boulevard exit in Newark will be closed for the duration of the project. The following detour will be in place:
Southbound Skyway traffic will continue on Route 1 & 9 southbound to the Wilson Avenue Exit. Motorists will need to be in the local lanes and then take Wilson Avenue eastbound past the New Jersey Turnpike to Doremus Avenue northbound to Raymond Boulevard.
Full Weekend Closure
In order to establish the crossover, NJDOT’s contractor, CCA Civil Inc., is scheduled to close the Skyway in both directions beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, April 1 through 5 a.m. Monday, April 4 at the off-ramp to I-280/Route 7 and Route 1 & 9 southbound.
The full closure includes most on and off ramps, including the southbound on ramp from Tonnele Circle. The ramp from the Route 139 westbound to I-280/Route 7 and Route 1 & 9 southbound will remain open. NJDOT has created a video that shows options for alternate routes to help motorists navigate the closures, which can be found on the NJDOT YouTube channel.