NEWARK - Construction will begin on the span of roadway that takes drivers from Newark to the Holland tunnel in April and the Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be prepared.

The northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway will be shut down on April 12 for renovations that will last up to two years.

Crews will repair the bridge deck on the 80-year-old span used by 74,000 vehicles a day.

Drivers say the bridge is in bad shape, but aren't looking forward to the additional inconvenience. "When they close the bridge, it's gonna be a disaster!" says Paul Jakuboski, of Bayonne.

The DOT has released information about detours and other services on their website. Drivers can take the Eastern Spur of the New Jersey Turnpike, where they will open the shoulder for more lanes, or Truck Route 1 and 9.

The DOT says 9,600 cars use the Skyway northbound in a typical 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. rush hour. Detours should be able to accommodate all but 3,400 of them. For those, DOT is counting on help from NJ Transit, which will be adding more cars on the Morris and Essex and Raritan Valley Lines during morning and evening rush.

Beginning this Monday, NJT is adding bus route 95 along the Route 22 corridor. A total of eight buses will run from Wachung to Newark Penn Station.

PATH will also change the frequency of its departures which should accommodate about 6,000 riders.

The southbound side will be closed for a similar project once work on the northbound side is complete.