It’s hard to believe that two years ago, the New Jersey state government was spending about $1 billion on the construction of a highway through a remote corner of the state, one that was built to ease the travel restrictions for travelers to the Garden State.
But just a few weeks ago, that highway was shut down because of an environmental review that was supposed to take place over a six-month period.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced late Monday that it will halt construction of the section of the New York-New Jersey Toll Road from its current location in New Brunswick to Route 441 in New Jersey.
The agency is working to determine the exact location of the highway, which is just a three-mile stretch of the existing bridge over the Atlantic Ocean.
The agency is also requiring that all construction work be halted from the date the new route is approved.
The suspension comes just weeks after the New Brunswick-based state highway authority, the Department of Transportation, approved the construction project.
The approval was part of a long-term transportation plan approved by Gov.
Chris Christie, who called the project “a major step forward.”
The state highway agency, which was formed in 2002, had planned to build a new bridge across the Atlantic to the New Haven River.
The bridge was due to open by 2021.
The New Brunswick Times Herald reported that the agency has approved the project in part to allow time for environmental reviews.
The new section of highway will run from Newark, New Jersey, to Camden, New York.
It is one of the few highways that can cross the Atlantic and the Hudson River, which are often cited as the biggest obstacle to crossing the U.S.-Canada border.
The decision to shut down the highway comes just two days after the U-Haul trucking company, which runs the NJTRAX highway, announced it would temporarily suspend operations in New York City to accommodate the new section.
The shutdown comes as the U .
S. government and its allies in the oil and gas industry continue to pressure the Trump administration to delay construction of new bridges.
Earlier this week, the White House said the U and other countries are looking for alternative routes to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the U., and which has been opposed by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.