Route 3 near Secaucus reopens after downed wires clogged traffic throughout the day
Downed wires on Route 3 in Secaucus shut down the highway in both directions Wednesday morning, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, but by late afternoon all lanes had reopened, allowing traffic to continue through the busy interchange just west of the Lincoln Tunnel.
At 6:35 a.m., a dump truck contracted by the Department of Transportation was salting the road when the elevated carriage struck the live power lines across both sides of the highway, Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller said. No one was injured, but there were a few minor residual crashes resulting from the traffic jams, he said.
The wires were in the area of Paterson Plank Road. As a result of the closures, traffic was backed up in both directions, west through Lyndhurst and east through the Lincoln Tunnel. In a Facebook post, the Secaucus Police Department said the estimated time of repair was 2 p.m. But it wasn't until after 4:30 p.m. that it announced all lanes had reopened.
However, the westbound service road remained closed past the Olive Garden, Miller said.
"I want to commend my officers' response," Miller said.
The chief also thanked mutual aid response for assisting at the scene.
The closure affected an extremely busy area, especially during the morning commute. Just east of the stretch of Route 3 is the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike, and nearby is the interchange for NJ-495, which leads into and out of New York City.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Route 3 near Secaucus reopens after downed wires closed highway