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Traffic alert: Avoid Holland Tunnel all week due to ramp fire repairs

State officials say workers have reopened four of five lanes after a fire caused structural damage to a ramp leading to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City. This has cause backups through the tunnel and on Manhattan streets. New Jersey Transit has added capacity to some bus routes and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

There will also be additional PATH trains throughout the day.

Commuters use the ramp to travel west to major roadways like the New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 1 & 9 and Kennedy Boulevard in New Jersey.

This is happening on the New Jersey side but depending how bad the traffic gets it could snarl up the Manhattan entrances to the tunnel too. Outbound traffic from the Holland Tunnel was a little heavier than usual Monday morning.

"They can expect on Monday to experience gridlock-like conditions that can normally occur around the holiday season", Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Director of Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals Roger Prince said Sunday.

Transportation officials say a plan is in place to minimize the time necessary to make the repairs - but it's expected to take weeks or months to fix the severe damage.

The three Route 139 westbound lanes will be shut down until further notice. Port Authority Police were out late Sunday night, doing their best to ease the pain.



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