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Plan On Giving Yourself Extra Time If You Ride PATCO

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. -

Starting Friday morning, PATCO is running on a revised schedule on the Ben Franklin Bridge as a massive track rehab project gets underway.

Tracks on the south side of the bridge will be shut down for 60 days.

Officials say it's going to cause major delays to the hundreds of thousands of riders. Drivers will also be affected.

The project will shut down two highway lanes on the bridge.

One of the two train tracks will be shut down 24/7 for the next two months, meaning only a single track is in operation and people can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

The bad news is the result of a $100-million track renovation project which the Delaware River Port Authority says is absolutely necessary.

In all, 33 miles of signal, power and communication cables are being replaced, 180 tons of new steel will be put down and 6 miles of new track will be installed.

PATCO knows the construction delays will be unpleasant for riders. They expect to lose about 300,000 of their 10 million passengers because of the travel mess. People say the trains are already too crowded, and this will make train travel even less safe.

But, again, port authority leaders say these renovations need to happen now or else the PATCO lines as we know them will be no more.

PATCO has a construction schedule on its website so you can check it out and plan your trip before you leave your house, FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce reported live Friday from the Woodcrest train station in Cherry Hill.

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