Contractor crews bolted from the starting gate in mid-April, commencing a two-year marathon effort to replace three miles' worth of the Pulaski Skyway northbound deck. About a month after the lanes were completely closed, on April 12, project officials say "Autogeddon" has been avoided so far, thanks to an extensive outreach and traffic-management plan.
New Jersey Dept. of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson detailed, at an April press conference, the decisions that resulted in closing the 81-year-old steel-truss bridge's northern lanes about the $1-billion Pulaski rehabilitation project. Officials from other area transportation agencies, project designers and contractors, and area mayors were present.