New Jersey — Beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday, February 5, travel from New York to New Jersey will require a different route that does not include the Holland Tunnel.
The New Jersey-bound tube of the Holland Tunnel will be closed during off-peak hours six nights a week to accommodate extensive and critical repairs from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
A similar New York-bound traffic shutdown that began in April 2020 will end at 5 a.m. ET on February 4, when the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey complete repairs and projects related to storm damage. tunnel.
Work to be performed on both tubes of the 1.6-mile-long tunnel during the overnight closure includes repair and replacement of mechanical, electrical, communications and plumbing systems that have been damaged by latent salt from seawater inundation from Sandy, as well Only architectural, including structural repairs. and civilian elements of the tunnel infrastructure.
These systems suffered extensive damage when 30 million gallons of salt water from New Jersey entered the tunnel through portals and ventilation buildings after Sandy hit the New York metropolitan area in October 2012.
Short-term measures were implemented within a year of the storm to address flood mitigation concerns, such as installing removable floodproofing barriers on ventilation buildings, northern tube exit portals (bound for New Jersey) and the New Jersey Administration Buildings, and concrete barriers on. Procurement of emergency generator, pump, and deployable refillable boom.
Overnight shutdowns are necessary to accommodate extensive and critical operations to permanently repair or replace damaged components. Repairs will include a thorough washing and removal of sea salt residues from the road, tunnel markings, access gates and exits.
In addition, the Port Authority will install flood mitigation improvements designed to withstand future extreme weather events and meet federal flood standards, such as flexible wall barriers at tunnel entrance and exit portals; a removable flood barrier system around the perimeter of the tunnel; and concrete flood walls around New Jersey administrative facilities.
With the completion of repairs to the South Tube, which carries eastbound traffic to New York, that work was closed overnight, ending at 5 a.m. on 4 February. After which eastbound traffic through the Holland Tunnel will be open at all hours.
During North Tube repairs beginning February 5, New Jersey westbound traffic will be suspended for six nights a week throughout 2025, as detailed in the schedule below:
- Sunday Night 11 PM – 05:30 AM
- Monday Night 11 PM to 05:30 AM
- Tuesday 11 PM – 05:30 AM
- Wednesday Night 11 PM – 05:30 AM
- Thursday 11 PM – 05:30 AM
- Friday Night 11:59 pm – 9 am
- saturday night without scheduled closure
During repairs to the New Jersey-bound subways, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use public transportation options when possible, depending on their origins and destinations. For on-the-go motorists:
- Northern New Jersey: Use the George Washington Bridge
- Hudson or Essex County: Use the Lincoln Tunnel
- Staten Island or Southern New Jersey: Use the Goethals or Bayonne Bridge or the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for the Outerbridge Crossing
For more information about the project, click here.