NORTH BERGEN, New Jersey -- It is our ongoing struggle with a crumbling infrastructure.
This morning, drivers in New Jersey heading to the Lincoln Tunnel are waking up to a hellish commute; the worst delays in all of America . . . (HT: My home town!)
An epic construction project on Route 495 outside the Lincoln Tunnel has arrived. Officials have been warning that it could get ugly.
"Anyone looking for a quick shortcut will be left disappointed," said Governor Phil Murphy.
After construction kicked off Friday night, this weekend was slower than usual, but nothing to write home about.
RELATED: What you need to know about the 495 construction project.
On the ramp where Route 3 meets 495, that is where Eyewitness News found most brake lights.
NJ DOT says this will be the worst of it.
One lane of 495 in each direction will be shut down 24/7 for two and a half years.
90 million dollars' worth of repairs will be made to an 80-year-old stretch of bridge deck deemed 'structurally unsafe.'
It is one of the busiest and most congested roads in the country.
"Structurally deficient and functionally obsolete" -- never words you want to hear about a bridge that carries more than 150,000 cars a day on an artery crucial to transit in and out of America's biggest city.
And yet, that's the status of the Route 495 Viaduct, part of the 3.5-mile freeway that connects the New Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel.
The bridge must be partially replaced, a project that starts in earnest on Aug. 20 and is expected to take 2.5 years, during which time commuters will face multiple and persistent lane closures.
The gridlock might be unimaginable. So, consider this a Route 495 Survival Guide.
Detour 1: Route 495 westbound exit ramp to Paterson Plank Road
Detour 2: Route 495 westbound ramp to Route 1 and 9 southbound
Detour 3: 31st Street on-ramp to westbound Route 495
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To give you an idea of how close to this mess I live, here's a map showing the Rt. 495 Constuction site, leading into the Lincoln Tunnel, and where MY house is situated in comparison to the whole mess. All that traffic, is going to try to come onto MY street. What a nightmare. For the next 21/2 years. ARRGGGGHHHH!
You want to know what the biggest pain in the ass so far has been? The Helicopters! ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX5 and others are all hovering near the Rt 495 bridge, with several of them about 3,000 feet above my house. Noisy critters when they hover for a half hour!