Preliminary construction on the underside of the helix will begin in April, but the main work on the inbound side set to begin in August will cause overnight closures between evening and morning rush hour. The traffic will be diverted into local streets during the major construction that should last until around November of 2012.
In August of 2013, work will begin on the outbound side of the helix.
"We are currently working up a very detailed plan to mitigate the traffic and noise impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods," Coleman said.
“The discussions we're having now with the Port Authority are similar to ones we've had about the work always being done on the tunnel," Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner said. "We are trying to minimize the impact on traffic and noise, and we're working out the timing of it all; none of that has been finalized yet.”
Turner reported that a more detailed plan should be laid out within the next month. "The key is to notify everyone as early as possible," he said. As for the construction going forward, "It's not a question of saying yes or no. We have an ongoing working relationship with the Port Authority and they've been doing a good job of keeping us informed."
For more details on the future construction of the Lincoln Tunnel helix, see this weekend's edition of the Weehawken Reporter. --Gennarose Pope