Prepare for a new headache
As of Monday, August 30, a new permanent traffic pattern on Interstate 278 is expected to begin. This will most certainly affect travel times for New Jersey drivers and commercial truck traffic through Brooklyn.
The road should be reduced by one lane in each direction near the waterfront and the promenade.
There will be two wider lanes compared to the current three lane model.
I-278 is the one and only major interstate trucking route that connects New Jersey to New York’s five boroughs.
The highway begins in New Jersey at Linden and crosses the Goethals and Verrazzano bridges. Trucks, deliveries, everyone uses the I-278 (aka The BQE).
This project has the potential to be a 24/7 traffic nightmare for the rest of eternity.
A Brief History … The capacity of the roads was exceeded shortly after the opening of the highway almost 70 years ago and little has been done to address the long-term degradation of this crucial stretch of road. Highway.
Although plans have been proposed to completely redesign and reallocate the route, nothing has been approved.
This plan will simply serve to alleviate the use and limit the stress of overweight and oversized trucks on the two-story cantilever structure. It will extend the life of the highway from an alarming five to 20 years.
But at the same time, the project will reduce road capacity by 30%. Three lanes up to two. A traffic funnel that’s not going to be fun. And that means unknown amounts of increased travel time for drivers in New Jersey and the entire region.
Well, at least you’ll have time to watch the proverbial can be launched down the road while you sit in the backups. Pass the Tylenol.
Bob Williams is the New Jersey Traffic North reporter on New Jersey 101.5