Officials closed the small road for a year, allowing for ongoing construction on an adjacent apartment building. Workers also realigned the street. One construction worker at the site estimated a few hundred drivers use South Harbor on a daily basis.
The work comes as the nearby Route 495 begins a multi-year repair process, which closed a westbound entrance ramp on 31st Street and JFK Boulevard in North Bergen Friday, Aug. 10. This coming Friday, the 17th, the state DOT will close one lane on the freeway in both directions, 24/7. With the closures, it is likely more drivers will use the boulevard as a thru route to access the Holland Tunnel in Newport, into New York City.