NEWARK - The Monday morning commute turned out to be not so bad for the majority of drivers getting to work without the Pulaski Skyway.
The Skyway northbound, which drops drivers in Jersey City, closed on Saturday for major repairs and will remain closed for two years.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says that the lighter traffic Monday might have to do with this being a holiday week.
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To get around the Skyway, officials are urging commuters to take a train or a bus. Truck Route 1/9 will also remain open.
Also available are the Hudson County extension of the New Jersey Turnpike to get to Jersey City and the Holland Tunnel. Travelers coming from the north can take the Belleville Turnpike. More transit buses and a ferry from Atlantic Highlands to Hoboken and Jersey City will be available.
New Jersey Transit says it has increased seats on the Morris & Essex, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley lines.
The project aims to repair the 82-year-old bridge, which needs new steel supports and new decking.
Once work on the northbound lanes is complete, Department of Transportation crews will begin work on the southbound side. Traffic will still only be allowed to flow south.