When the Governor made his announcement last week, local officials were unsure as to whether or not the project would be impacted. Work began Tuesday afternoon, and the bridge is currently down to one lane (Southbound).
The demolition that has been done to date will now be repaired, only to be re-done in the future when the project reconvenes.
And that, kids, is how politicians “save money.”
From Hudson County:
NJ TTF-RELATED PROJECT SHUTDOWNS WILL IMPACT THREE IN HUDSON COUNTY
JERSEY CITY, NJ–The New Jersey Department of Transportation has advised the County Engineer to suspend all County projects funded by the NJ Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) by Friday, July 8 at midnight.
The following Hudson County projects are currently under construction and will be suspended:
· Concrete Deck Rehabilitation, Park Avenue Bridge in Hoboken
· Improvements to Newark/Jersey City Turnpike, Phase II and Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard
· Improvements to JFK Boulevard East from Bergenline Avenue to Woodcliff Avenue, West Hudson Park and Newark Street
The Hudson County Division of Engineering has contacted each project contractor to advise of the suspension.
Currently NJDOT anticipates the suspension to extend a minimum of 7 days.
The initial demolition work carried out earlier this week on the Park Avenue Bridge has been ordered to be repaired to allow two-way traffic to flow during the suspension. It should be restored to two lanes by 7:00 am Monday (7/11).
The suspensions were required by an executive order signed by Gov. Chris Christie earlier this week after his administration and legislators were unable to agree on a new revenue plan for the exhausted NJ Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).