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Mary-Lyn BuckleyJul 2, 2018, 11:59 am

Pulaski Skyway re-opens to drivers after $1B overhaul

Residents hope traffic congestion will ease in areas around newly-renovated span

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NEWARK — Residents in Jersey City and Newark are feeling relieved now that the Pulaski Skyway reopened on Saturday, two days earlier than expected. As the morning rush hour got underway Monday, Neighbors are hoping it stays that way.

"It's been a long process, but hopefully it will last longer than it took them to fix it," says Libby DeMarco.

"It's been long overdue, probably about a year, but you know what? It's a good thing. [New Jersey Route] 440 won't be backed up and the people in the neighborhood will love it," says Frank Guarini.

Residents believe it will be a solution for all the traffic they've been experiencing since commuters were forced to take alternate routes.

The 85-year-old, three-and-a-half mile long bridge that travels over the Passaic and Hackensack rivers underwent a great deal of construction beginning in 2014. Overall, it was a $1 billion project to complete.

New Jersey Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said:

"The 11-contract project took longer than originally anticipated. The good news is the innovative materials and methods used to rehabilitate the skyway mean this deck will last for decades to come."

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