The Hal Turner Radio Show did not air last night because of TRAFFIC here in the New York City / Northern New Jersey area. A bridge on the New Jersey Turnpike had to be closed yesterday after bearings that hold the roadway to the pilings "rotated out of position" causing the bridge deck to drop about three inches. When the bridge was closed, traffic literally ground to a standstill and I was caught in the thick of it.
ONE MILE AN HOUR was as fast as traffic would allow and it took me from 4:07 PM yesterday when I departed Hillside, NJ, until 10:32 PM just to get home. There was no way for me to get to the studio to do my show in time, and I knew this at 6:00 PM, when I called WBCQ and told them to air a repeat.
Part of the Newark Bay Extension Bridge of the New Jersey Turnpike has closed for emergency construction after a section of the deck dropped "several inches," authorities say.
The eastbound section between Interchanges 14 and 14A will be closed until at least sometime Thursday night, the NJ Turnpike Authority said in a statement.
The authority said a contractor discovered the bearings connecting the bridge deck to the pier had rotated out of place, "causing the eastbound bridge deck to drop several inches."
Crews have jacked the deck back into place so they can fix the bearings. Engineers are also inspecting the rest of the bearings below the bridge.
The Newark Bay Extension Bridge connects the main line of the city of Newark to the approach to the Holland Tunnel. It is one of the most heavily traveled arteries in the state.
The roadwork caused significant traffic backups on the turnpike and at the various tunnel approaches, including 60 minute-plus delays in both directions at the Lincoln Tunnel, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which oversees crossings between the Garden and Empire states.
The George Washington Bridge and Holland Tunnel, the other major crossings between Manhattan and New Jersey, also had heavy apparent delays on Wednesday evening following the closure.