Pulaski Skyway Closure (redux)
Pulaski Skyway closure in 2014 – a necessary evil?
As most of you know, the Pulaski Skyway is scheduled to undergo massive renovations. In 2014, after the Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium, they expect the northbound lanes to be shut for at least two years , while the bridge undergoes “urgent” repairs before it collapses entirely.
Hoboken resident and state Assemblyman Ruben Ramos thinks this is a terrible idea (it’ll probably cause years of traffic turmoil for our residents, he believes).
Ramos is holding an Assembly Transportation Committee “special” hearing on the Pulaski Skyway closure this week. Not in Trenton, but rather here in Hudson County so that input can be heard from the people who will actually be affected by this major disruption. If you’d like to sign up to have your comments heard – either call (609)847-3840 or email OLSAideATR@njleg.org.
Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing: Pulaski Skyway Closure
The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a special hearing this Thursday in Hudson County to discuss the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plans to close the northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway for two years beginning in 2014 while the roadway is reconstructed.
“We’re dealing with one of the most heavily-populated areas of one of the most heavily-populated states in the country,” said Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “No matter how much advance planning time commuters have, this closure will still have a significant impact on their daily lives for quite a substantial amount of time and we need to have a clear picture of what that impact will be.”
The committee has invited the DOT Commissioner and other experts on transportation matters in the state to testify regarding the repair and rehabilitation of the Pulaski Skyway and other issues concerning the DOT. The committee will also hear testimony from members of the public wishing to testify on the issue.
“For commuters in my district and the surrounding areas, this will undoubtedly create major headaches,” said Assembly Transportation Committee member Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. (D-Hudson). “It’s imperative that the state lay out a clear plan for alternate options for commuters and what impact this will have on those alternate routes as well.”
Pulaski Skyway to undergo renovations
That road many of us take to get out of Hoboken really is a death-trap. It seems as if we’re getting a renovation finally!
“In 2007, NJDOT Commissioner Kris Kolluri announced long-range plans to replace the existing Pulaski Skyway with a replacement structure. In a press interview, Kolluri said motorists would get “a new structure capable of handling the volume of traffic in a safe and efficient manner,” and that new design features would “reflect the needs of the 21st century.” Although the state allocated $135 million in its 2011 budget for the project, whose cost is projected to exceed $1 billion, it hopes to get much of the project funded by the Federal government.
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