FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Residents in Fort Lee are seeing a rise in visitors rushing by means of their group, and a few are pointing blame at how the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has been directing commuters coming over the George Washington Bridge.
At crunch occasions the GWB can look like a recreation of Pac-Man when visitors on the entry roads stands nonetheless and drivers begin detouring onto native roads, stories CBS2’s Meg Baker.
GPS and routing apps like Waze provide the quickest route, which is usually by means of Fort Lee, however Maureen Theis echoed a thought held by lots of her fellow driver: “I need to get to my vacation spot faster.”
To unravel the issue, the Port Authority took to social media urging individuals to keep away from creating congrestion via the New Jersey group: “George Washington Bridge customers: Be a very good neighbor. Keep on freeway to entry bridge until in any other case instructed.”
However the tweet is seen by some because the Port Authority sending combined messages. Earlier this month, with out discover the company modified the visitors sample popping out of the tolls on the Palisades parkway to a extreme merge from six lanes to at least one, incentivizing some drivers to chop via Fort Lee.
“I journey right here on a regular basis and it simply hit me I didn’t get sufficient warning,” stated driver Jamie Restrepo.
Jerry Gallipoli owns a Binghamton Bagel & Deli in Fort Lee and says drivers deal with Lemoine Ave like simply one other freeway to the bridge.
“It doesn’t assist any of the shop individuals right here (and) causes issues,” stated Gallipoli. “An excessive amount of visitors is a deterrent.”
Regardless of going public with this initiative immediately, full with a information launch, when requested to go on digital camera to elucidate the ramifications of completely closing one lane of the Palisades Parkway helix, the Port Authority stated it had nobody obtainable to talk.