JERSEY CITY - The New Jersey Department of Transportation gave representatives of the media a tour of damage and wear to the Pulaski Skyway that has prompted two years of rehabilitation to the bridge deck.
Officials say the roadway is safe to drive on but many of the beams show corrosion and rebar in the decking is rusting and cracking.
"The rusting has gotten so bad between the salt erosion and corrosion it's just rusted it all out, so it looks like Swiss cheese," says NJDOT Commissioner Jim Simpson.
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Drivers that use the northbound Skyway to get to Jersey City will soon have to find another way to go.
The northbound lanes of the roadway will be shut down for two years starting on April 12, while the DOT completes the work.
Drivers will still be able to travel in the southbound direction on the Pulaski Skyway during the initial phase of the project.
NJDOT says approximately 40,000 northbound vehicles will need to be accommodated by alternate roadways or travel modes, including 9,600 in the peak morning period of 6-9 a.m.
Officials urge drivers to become familiar with the alternate routes and modes of travel like transit and ridesharing.
Simpson says the Pulaski is one of 300 bridges in New Jersey that are deficient.
The project has a price tag of $1.2 billion, but will give the bridge another 75 years of life, according to the commissioner.
More information on alternate routes and travel options is available at www.pulaskiskyway.com.