Traffic Alert: Vehicle fire shuts down all lanes at Lincoln Tunnel during morning rush

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Traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey.
Traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey.

WEEHAWKEN, NJ – If you’re wondering why there was so much traffic trying to get into New York City Tuesday morning, it’s because all eastbound lanes at the Lincoln Tunnel entrance in New Jersey were shut down for about an hour due to a vehicle fire.

A vehicle fire near the Lincoln Tunnel early Tuesday morning forced the closure of all eastbound lanes on the I-495 approach between Kennedy Boulevard and Park Avenue. During the morning commute, traffic was backed up, causing major delays.

“The Lincoln Tunnel to NY has delays due to vehicle fire on the NJ-495. All lanes closed. Motorists are advised to use Holland Tunnel,” the Port Authority said at around 8:20 am on Tuesday.

The fire was extinguished, and vehicle debris cleared at around 9:00 am and traffic is once again moving with residual delays and backups.

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The Port Authority NY/NJ said commuters can expect delays at this time.