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Heavy traffic on inbound Route 5 as two-year construction project starts

Attention drivers: the two-year-project to rehabilitate the Skyway is underway.

Tuesday morning on the second day of construction, traffic was backed up from Ridge Road all the way to Church St.

Construction on the inbound Skyway will be done this year, while work on the outbound side is scheduled for next year. Traffic patterns will alternate on the Skyway throughout the year.

Here's how it's going to work:

Skyway closed in both directions:

  • 3 to 5 a.m. Monday – Friday
  • 11 a.m. to noon Monday – Friday

Inbound open:

  • 5 to 11 a.m. Monday – Friday

Outbound open:

  • Noon to 3 a.m. Monday – Thursday (For example, outbound will be open from noon Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday.)
  • Noon Friday – 3 a.m. Monday

Only outbound Skyway traffic will be accommodated on the weekends, so the direction of traffic on the span will not be changed at those times.

Two-year Skyway rehab will complicate life for commuters

When traffic is open in the outbound direction, the southbound ramp from the I-190 to the Skyway will remain open. Traffic from the Southtowns headed into the city will be diverted to Ohio Street, proceeding to Louisiana Street to South Park Avenue to Hamburg Street, and then to the I-190 northbound to the Church Street exit.

Inbound traffic headed toward the I-190 South will be diverted to Ohio Street, then proceed to Louisiana Street to the enter that section of the Thruway. Inbound traffic headed toward the I-190 North also will be diverted to Ohio Street, then directed to Louisiana to South Park and Hamburg Street to enter the ramp to the northbound I-190. Traffic from the Outer Harbor will be directed to follow the detour via Ohio Street to Church Street.

Inbound traffic headed to the I-190 between 5 and 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, will exit at Church Street and will access the I-190 headed north or south from the Church Street entrance ramps. Inbound traffic headed to Seneca Street will be detoured via Church Street to Pearl Street and then to Seneca Street.

Outbound traffic from the city will be directed to the I-190 southbound entrance ramp at Church Street and exit at the Louisiana Street ramp, and then proceed along Louisiana to Ohio Street on to Fuhrmann Boulevard and back on to Route 5, headed west, via Tifft Street.

The $29 million project will extend the life of the Skyway for at least another 20 years, according to the state Department of Transportation. The traffic patterns will be in place until November, the DOT said.

Skyway commuters: repair work begins April 30 that will see traffic rerouted

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