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Officials Offer Alternatives as Pulaski Skyway Shutdown Nears

Northbound lanes between Newark and Jersey City to close for two years starting Saturday.

As motorists are bracing for the two-year shutdown of the Pulaski Skyway's northbound lanes between Newark and Jersey City, officials are offering alternatives to navigate what many have predicted to be "chaos."

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney has called on businesses to consider staggering hours for employees in an effort to reduce the impact of the $1 billion project, according to The Jersey Journal.

The rehabilitation project will begin Saturday to improve the northbound and southbound lanes across the deck of the 3.5-mile bridge, the NJDOT said.

The first phase will rebuild the Skyway's two northbound lanes. Southbound traffic will then be shifted to the newly rebuilt northbound lanes while construction is done on the southbound side.

The state Department of Transportation has suggested several detours and expects most motorists to use the New Jersey Turnpike Extension as an alternate route, according to The Jersey Journal.

Transportation Commissioner James S. Simpson and other officials will discuss options for the 40,000 motorists who use the roadway at a press conference Thursday at Lincoln Park in Jersey City.

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