The General Pulaski Skyway is a four-lane freeway composed of connected bridges in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of New Jersey, carrying the designation of U.S. Route 1/9 (US 1/9) for most of its length. The landmark structure has a total length of 3.502 mi (5.636 km) with the longest bridge spanning 550 ft (167.6 m). Travelling between Newark and Jersey City, the roadway crosses the Passaic and Hackensack rivers and Kearny Point, the peninsula between them. Trucks have been prohibited from using the Pulaski Skyway since 1934 and must use U.S. Route 1/9 Truck as an alternate route. As of 2010, the bridge handles about 67,000 crossings per day. Unpredictable traffic conditions make the Skyway one of the most unreliable roads in the United States.
Designed by Sigvald Johannesson, the Pulaski Skyway opened in 1932 as the last part of the Route 1 Extension, one of the first superhighways in the United States that was intended to provide a connection to the Holland Tunnel. The skyway plans originally called for drawbridges at the river crossings, but these were later changed to high-level crossings as the road was intended to be used for high-speed traffic. It was named in 1933 for General Kazimierz Pułaski, a Polish general in the American Revolutionary War. One of several major projects built during the reign of Hudson County political boss Frank Hague, its construction was a source of political and labor disputes. A total of 15 people died in relation to the construction of the skyway. A median barrier was installed on the skyway in 1956 to reduce crashes. The bridges have been listed on the federal and state registers of historic places since 2005. They have been little altered since being built and not significantly repaired since 1984. In 2007, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) began a rehabilitation program which it estimates will cost about $1 billion.