JERSEY CITY - Essex and Hudson motorists have a year to plan for a major change in traffic flow.

Department of Transportation officials have announced plans to shut down the inbound Pulaski Skyway for two years starting in February of 2014.

The move is part of a $1 billion construction project. Officials say closing the lanes is more cost- and time-efficient than closing it just on nights and weekends.

The Pulaski Skyway is 80 years old and has suffered major deterioration over the years.

Officials hope the project will extend the life of the structure. Other plans include creating a third lane on the Newark Bay Turnpike Extension.

Officials hope commuters will rely on mass transit for the duration of the two-year project.