Emergency roadwork delays Holland Tunnel commute

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Holland Tunnel New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, NJ – DECEMBER 21: Port Authority police checking vehicles at the Holland Tunnel check point Tuesday morning, as a transit strike enters its second day in New York. Vehicles must have four or more occupants entering Manhattan below 96th Street from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Photo by Marko Georgiev/Getty Images)

JERSEY CITY, (PIX11) – A large hole in the roadway on the New Jersey side caused delays for commuters using the Holland Tunnel Tuesday afternoon into the evening.

The traffic was caused by construction to fix a hole in the ramp leading up to the New Jersey Turnpike after drivers get out of the tunnel, said Tom Feeney of the NJ Turnpike Authority.  The hole itself was roughly a foot in diameter, according to Feeney, but the entire 7-by-12-foot bridge deck panel had to be replaced.

Hour-long delays entering the Holland Tunnel were reported even after the road was repaired and reopened.

Workers noticed the hole Tuesday morning and closed the road for construction around 2 p.m.  Because the hole was not in the direct path of cars, the ramp was kept open until the afternoon, Feeney said.