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Pulaski Skyway/ Route 139 Rehabilitation and the Jersey City Heights

Beginning Saturday April 12, 2014, the northbound travel lanes on the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway will be closed for approximately 24 months while the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) rehabilitates the bridge deck. Additionally, Route 139 Upper Level will be closed and detours through local streets will occur starting in May 2014. This major rehabilitation project will directly affect Hudson County's midsection (between the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels) including The Heights and Journal Square sections of Jersey City. Please stay up to date on the project as it progresses and plan accordingly.

You can get detail information on the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation project on NJDOT's project website www.PulaskiSkyway.com. You can also receive updates by following the Pulaski Skyway on twitter (@skywayrehab). This webpage has been created to better inform The Heights and Journal Square communities of Jersey City on the Pulaski Skyway closure and supplement information being provided by NJDOT. Have a question or suggestion for this webpage? Email it to us.

Jersey Journal - Central Ave Bridge Over Route 139 to Close for Repairs

Date: January 4, 2017

The Central Avenue bridge over Route 139 will be closed for a few months, starting Jan. 13, as it is demolished and replaced, according to a travel advisory issued by NJ Transit. The bridge replacement is part of the state Department of Transportation's $1 billion Pulaski Skyway replacement project. The state is currently wrapping up the replacement of the bridge at Baldwin Avenue, which runs parallel to Central Avenue. The Palisade Avenue bridge was replaced last year. Central Avenue runs from the Heights in the North to Journal Square. The are of Central Avenue being closed crossed the elevated Route 139, sometimes referred to as State Highway.
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Jersey Journal - Hanging concrete briefly closes lower lanes of Route 139 in Jersey City

Date: October 6, 2014

The eastbound lanes on the lower level of Route 139 in Jersey City were closed briefly this afternoon when concrete from the underside of the upper roadway was hanging low enough that it was being struck by large vehicles. Port Authority police officers closed the lanes just before 2:30 p.m. because of a dangerous condition caused by concrete hanging from overhead construction, Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. DOT spokesperson Steve Schapiro said the lanes were closed for a few minutes before the issue -- likely related to demolition work on the upper roadway -- was resolved.pariatur.
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Jersey Journal - Route 139 upper eastbound lanes to close as skyway project continues

Date: October 4, 2014

The eastbound lanes of the upper roadway of Jersey City's Route 139 will be closed this weekend as the existing upper level roadway is demolished, state officials announced. Drivers will be diverted onto a temporary route during the work, part of the Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project, Department of Transportation officials said. The closures will occur between Central Avenue and Palisade Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, with traffic being diverted onto Central Avenue to Hoboken Avenue and then to a temporary roadway. Left turns onto Oakland, Baldwin, and Palisade avenues will be allowed.
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Jersey Journal - Palisade Avenue to close on weeknights

Date: May 13, 2014

Palisade Avenue in Jersey City will be closed overnight weeknights for several weeks, requiring detours as part of the project to rebuild Route 139. Palisade Avenue will be closed between Route 139 and Newark Avenue weeknights until early summer, it was announced by the state Department of Transportation. The closures began last night. Construction will take place Monday through Thursday nights from 8:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning. On Friday nights, Palisade Avenue will be closed from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday. There will be no closures on Saturday or Sunday evenings. This will not impact eastbound and westbound traffic along Route 139.
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About Route 139

Also known as State Highway and Hoboken/ Conrail Viaducts, Route 139 was constructed in 1932 and is considered the boarder between The Heights and Journal Square sections of Jersey City. Route 139 is essentially three distinct, but connected highways: the upper level, the lower level, and the Holland Tunnel approach (the Interstate 78 concurrency). NJDOT officially charts the lower and upper levels as independent highways, with the lower level considered Route 139 with a notation that the highway then coincides with I-78, and the upper level considered Route 139U.

Route 139 Construction Stages/ Phases

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NJDOT has documented a number of concerns on Route 139 leading to the conclusion that the roadway must be rehabilitated. Concerns include deteriorating concrete decks, deteriorating concrete encasement, seismic vulnerability, and cracks and spalls in walls and piers. Known as the Pulaski Contract 2, Phase 1 of the required rehabilitation work began in September 2013. Phase 2, 3, and 4 of Contract 2 will begin in May 2014 requiring the closure of Route 139 Upper Level eastbound travel lane and subsequent detours through local streets during the next five years.

Local Detours: Route 139 Upper Level Closure

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Starting May 2014, Route 139 Upper Level eastbound lane will be closed for construction. These detours will use local streets in both The Heights and Journal Square areas of Jersey City. Approximately150 parking spaces will be removed in these areas for the detours. Click on the image above for a larger view of the detour map. Once a phase of the project is completed, the next phase on Route 139 will begin. Phase 2, 3, and 4 are expected to be complete in about five years.

Alternate Routes

Get to know NJDOT's suggested travel alternatives if you travel to work or deliver merchandise in the Hudson County area. NJDOT plans to increase capacity at key locations and roadways such as the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 1&9T to receive diverted Pulaski Skyway traffic (approximately 9,700 vehicles between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. weekday mornings heading to Jersey City, Hoboken, and other Hudson County destinations, as well as New York City).

New Jersey Turnpike

  • The New Jersey Turnpike Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension 
    (I-78) eastbound shoulder will be converted into a third travel lane during morning and evening peak travel periods. The additional travel lane on the Turnpike Extension will enable that route to accommodate about 4,500 additional vehicles per morning peak period. The third lane also will be available to motorists during evening commute hours. 

    The New Jersey Turnpike Eastern Spur is expected to handle an additional 1,500 vehicles in the morning peak period. 

Route 1&9 T

  • Adaptive traffic signal control technology and entrance ramp improvements will help accommodate additional traffic heading toward Jersey City and New York City. Route 1&9 T will be able to accommodate nearly 1,700 additional vehicles per morning peak period.

Read the news release from NJDOT to learn more about alternate route and mode capacity.

Use Mass Transit

The rehabilitation of both Pulaski Skyway and Route 139 may result in a weekday morning commute you will not soon forget. Expect additional traffic delays due to the detours and some confusion. This rehabilitation project is a perfect reason to get out of your car and use mass transit. The beauty of our urban area is our mass transit infrastructure. Do not underutilize it.

In the News

For complete news coverage, follow the Pulaski Skyway blog on NJ.com.