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Three NJ lawmakers strategize on bridge traffic

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Drivers looking for alternative routes around Goethals Bridge construction subjected Perth Amboy, and other towns in the vicinity, to unprecedented traffic last summer.
Drivers looking for alternative routes around Goethals Bridge construction subjected Perth Amboy, and other towns in the vicinity, to unprecedented traffic last summer. - ()

Three state lawmakers – all 19th District Democrats – together with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and Perth Amboy officials, have drawn up strategies to mitigate traffic congestion on North Jersey bridges.

Sen. Joseph Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez announced the plans. Those include minimizing weekend construction, increasing police presence, optimizing traffic flow on the Goethals Bridge and offering traffic flow coordination via social media and other means.

The lawmakers said Perth Amboy and neighboring towns were subject to unprecedented traffic backups last summer, as drivers found other routes around the Goethals Bridge construction closing.

They said the Goethals Bridge will be open this summer and be configured with clear shoulders and streamlined mergers to allow 50 percent more volume capacity. In addition, weekend construction on the Bayonne Bridge will be limited and prohibited after 3 p.m. on Sundays when return traffic from beaches begins to peak. 

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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