Accidents, emergency work cause traffic trouble
An accident and emergency road work caused traffic headaches for New Jersey drivers Tuesday.
Two lanes on the inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge were closed for about two hours around noon to replace six finger joints that connect the bridge decks, according to NJ.com which reported that the fingers expand and contract with the weather and occasionally loosen.
The closure caused delays of up to 90 minutes, according to New Jersey Fast Traffic, before all four lanes were reopened.
The congestion caused NJ Transit buses in and out of the Port Authority bus terminal to operate with 20-minute delays.
Earlier, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a mini van on the southbound Garden State Parkway local lanes near exit 105 in Eatontown according to New Jersey State Police.
The investigation created delays of almost 10 miles in both the local and express lanes before all lanes were re-opened around 1 p.m.
Further to the south a serious accident on Interstate 95 in Mercer County left only one lane open between exits 7 (Route 206) and 8 (Princeton Pike) in Lawrence for most of the afternoon. New Jersey State Police tweeted that a car and a heavy duty tow truck carrying construction equipment were involved with one person injured.
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- Emergency repairs impact eastbound George Washington Bridge / ABC 7
- Two George Washington Bridge lanes close for emergency repairs / NJ.com
- 1 dead in Tinton Falls Parkway crash / Asbury Park Press