The Lincoln Tunnel helix, which is a Foursquare check-in location ("In case of zombies, you'll be stuck in traffic here. Head for the high ground instead."), is getting nearly $100 million for some upgrades. Which means that traffic will get even worse! The Port Authority announced the $98 million project as the agency revealed its $7.2 billion spending plan for next year, which also includes $247 million for new PATH rail cars and signal system, continuing rehab at Newark Airport, and cutting 200 jobs.
The rehabilitation project for the helix, located in Weehawken, NJ, will supposedly last between late 2011 to 2015 and will involve reinforcing the massive, seven-lane roadway's supports. The Port Authority hopes it will extend the helix's life another 10-15 years, or until there's enough money to rebuild the whole thing. According to the Star-Ledger, "Officials said the project will result in lane closures and other restrictions that are bound to slow tunnel traffic. But, they said, the project will spare drivers sporadic, unexpected delays from 'ad hoc' repairs already plaguing the aging roadway."