Officials: Bridge Linking Newark, Jersey City to Remain Closed

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -

Officials say an 80-year-old bridge connecting Newark and Jersey City that has been shuttered for repairs won’t reopen for at least another year.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told WNBC-TV that the contractor tasked with repairing the Pulaski Skyway is behind schedule.

The repairs are part of a $1 billion project designed to have the bridge last about 75 years.

Construction began in April 2014, but the news station reported that some steel joints had deteriorated from road salt. Construction crews found that the damage was worse than expected.

State officials told the station that the second half of the project can be finished within a year.

The state Department of Transportation says it plans to reevaluate a timetable at the end of the winter.