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Traffic delays on Route 495 expected to worsen

September 04, 2018 - 7:04 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Route 495 lane closures in New Jersey have been going well so far, but conditions could soon change.

Officials in New Jersey are warning commuters that with the start of a new school year and everyone returning to work, it’s possible that the roads may become even more congested.

The state Department of Transportation said it expects major delays as summer vacations come to an end.

“It’s pretty loaded up already, even prior to the work, so I’m sure it’s gonna get crazier,” said one commuter from Union City.

The lane closures are part of the rehabilitation of the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen, according to the DOT.

Steve Shapiro, a spokesperson for the agency, urged drivers to find alternate routes before the beginning of the work week to avoid traffic delays.

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Commuters are also encouraged to utilize mass transportation.

Shapiro claimed the two year project won’t create any drastic changes, but it is necessary for the longevity of the bridge.

“Anybody who’s driven across this bridge, knows that the deck is in very poor condition, so that’s going to be redone,” Shapiro said.

 One lane will be closed in each direction on the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel for the next two and a half years.