WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Expect massive traffic delays on the George Washington Bridge this weekend, as the Port Authority announced Friday that construction work will force the closure of at least three lanes on the bridge's upper level every night.
Three of the bridge's eastbound upper-level lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday night to 5 a.m. Saturday morning. Sunday night will see the reverse, with three westbound lanes to be closed to traffic from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Dec. 23.
Saturday night will see the worst traffic, as three of four lanes will be closed in both directions from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
Officials are anticipating significant delays and are urging drivers to consider alternate routes out of the city, either via the bridge's lower level or the Holland or Lincoln tunnels. The bridge's lower level will function normally at all times.
The closures are necessary due to the Port Authority's upper-level deck rehabilitation program, officials said. Construction will be suspended after Monday morning and will not resume until mid-January. The entire project is set to be completed in March.