May 21, 2015
By Larry Higgs
In a photo published in The Jersey Journal in 1967, Hudson County Police Capt. Al Jeffries points to cross-bar where it is suggested a large sign be posted to warn drivers coming up Broadway ramp of merging traffic. Jersey Journal file photo
Emergency roadwork that caused two lanes to be closed on a bridge that carries truck Routes 1 & 9 across the Hackensack River in Jersey City will be completed in time for the afternoon rush.
Two lanes of the bridge were closed for repairs during this morning’s commuter rush. A sharp-eyed sweeper driver spotted a depression in the roadway on the western approach to Hackensack vertical lift bridge early this morning, said Stephen Schapiro, a state Department of Transportation spokesman.
Inspectors found the depression was due to deteriorated concrete, which required repair, after a top layer of asphalt was removed, Schaprio said. New concrete was poured on a 7-foot by 3-foot section of the road, which is a permanent repair, Schapiro said. It is expected to be complete before the afternoon commute.
Truck Routes 1 & 9 is one of three alternate routes across the Hackensack River while the eastbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway are closed for rehabilitation of that 3.5 mile network of bridges between Jersey City and Kearny.