- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

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 tells WNBC-TV (http://bit.ly/1QntEpE ) 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 station reported some steel joints deteriorated from road salt. Construction crews found that the damage was worse than expected.

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

Officials earlier said work would end later this year.

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

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