Vol. 8, No. 2 May 2013



H. Sidney Holmes III
The Port Authority was saddened to learn of the passing April 15 of Commissioner H. Sidney Holmes III. Commissioner Holmes had served on the agency's Board since May 2008. "As a senior partner at Winston & Strawn, Mr. Holmes brought a wealth of private-sector knowledge and experience to the Board, especially in the areas of public finance and economic development," Chairman David Samson and Vice Chairman Scott Rechler said in a joint statement.

Spire Hoisted to the Top
of One World Trade Center

As hundreds of construction workers watched and applauded, the final two sections of the 408-foot steel spire that will crown One World Trade Center were hoisted on May 2 to the top of the iconic tower. When these sections are installed at a later date, One WTC will stand a symbolic 1,776 feet high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world.

Board Authorizes LaGuardia 

Runway Improvements  

The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners has authorized $202.9 million for a series of runway improvement projects at LaGuardia Airport that will benefit the region with more than 900 jobs, $62 million in wages and $301 million in economic activity. Nearly three-quarters of the authorization will cover the costs of enhancing the existing platform decks for LaGuardia's two runways to accommodate two new arrestor beds, which are compressible concrete zones that safely slow planes in the rare instances they go beyond the designated landing area.

Cake Boss Cafe Opens
at PA Bus Terminal
'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro (left) joins Port Authority Bus Terminal General Manager Steve Napolitano May 1 in marking the opening of Cake Boss Cafe at the bus terminal on the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. 

Runway Projects Approved

for Stewart International

On April 24, the Port Authority Board authorized a $71.7 million contract for the rehabilitation of two runways at Stewart International Airport in Orange County, N.Y.  The projects are part of the Port Authority's overall efforts to maintain our facilities in a state of good repair and improve operational efficiency. The work will include milling and repaving of both runways and installation of 35-foot shoulders on both sides of Runway 16-34. It will also include construction of a new high-speed taxiway exit for Runway 9-27.  


Port Authority Board 

Elects Officers for 2013-14

At its April 24 annual meeting, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners re-elected the agency's officers for the next year. Re-elected were: Chairman David Samson, Vice Chairman Scott Rechler, Executive Director Pat Foye and Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni.


Did you Know?

PATH riders help celebrate Earth Day every day by saving, on average, 2.17 lbs. of C02 per PATH trip.  View our YouTube video for more information.    


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be Wednesday, May 29. A  schedule of public meetings is published on the Port Authority website. Minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings are also available on the site. Webcasts  from the April 24 Board and committee meetings are also available online.  
Port Authority Board Authorizes Three Key Projects
for 'Transformation' of the Staten Island Bridges 


Historic Public-Private Partnership Announced  

for the Replacement of the Goethals Bridge

Looking north along the Arthur Kill with the new Goethals in the foreground. Click here for more renderings of the Goethals replacement bridge.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners awarded a 40-year design-build-finance-maintain contract on April 24 to NYNJ Link Partnership as part of a $1.5 billion public-private partnership (PPP) to replace the Goethals Bridge with a new state-of-the-art cable-stayed bridge. 

The  project will create more than 2,250 direct construction jobs, $224 million in wages, and $872 million in economic activity for the region. The new span will connect Staten Island, N.Y., with Elizabeth, N.J. Construction crews will remove the current Goethals Bridge once construction on the replacement span is complete.

This is the first time the Port Authority will build a new bridge since 1931, when the George Washington and Bayonne bridges were opened to vehicular traffic.

The Port Authority is utilizing an innovative PPP that allows the agency to maintain control of the bridge as an asset, while having access to private-sector construction and maintenance expertise as well as private capital.  The Port Authority believes the incentives included in the deal will speed the delivery of the completed bridge by at least six months compared to the Port Authority's own construction estimates.

The Goethals is the first surface transportation project built as a true PPP in the Northeast Region.

The new bridge will include additional wider travel lanes and 12-foot shoulders that will ease congestion and accommodate anticipated future traffic volumes. It also will provide state-of-the-art smart bridge technology.  
Read more about the Goethals replacement at the project page on the Port Authority's website.

Bayonne Bridge 'Raise the Roadway' Project
to Feature Innovative Engineering Approach

As part of the Port Authority's bridge construction program, the Board of Commissioners April 24 awarded a $743.3 million contract to Skanska Koch, Inc. / Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (JV) team as part of a $1.29 billion program to increase the navigational clearance of the Bayonne Bridge. 


The project will raise the deck by 64 feet and provide drivers with a new, modern roadway with safer 12-foot lanes, shoulders, a median divider and a 12-foot bike and pedestrian walkway. It also will provide the capability for future mass transit options across the span.

The Bayonne Bridge project is the first time in agency history that engineers will construct a bridge roadway deck above the existing roadway, while traffic continues to flow on the deck below  -- click here for video. Work will start later this year with deck removal scheduled for late 2015. One lane of traffic will operate in each direction throughout the life of the project, with overnight and limited weekend closures.

The widening of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion in 2015, will result in larger, more modern ships calling on the Port. Raising the roadway of the 81-year-old Bayonne Bridge's main deck by 64 feet will allow cleaner, more efficient post-Panamax ships to pass under the structure to access port terminals in New York and New Jersey. 

The project is part of the Port Authority's commitment to improving air quality in and around the region's ports. The agency will work with the surrounding communities to minimize potential construction impacts and will implement an extensive community outreach program including program newsletters, website notices, media advisories, and on-site, walk-in outreach offices on both sides of the span.   


Read more about the Raise the Roadway project at the project page on the Port Authority's website.

Outerbridge Crossing to Get Complete Resurfacing


The Port Authority of NY & NJ announced a $23.5 million project to repave the bridge deck and approach roadways of the  Outerbridge Crossing, which connects Staten Island, N.Y., with Perth Amboy, N.J. The project will begin this year and is expected to be complete in 30 months.  

Port Authority Set to Recruit New Police Officers


The Port Authority has announced plans to launch its first major recruitment effort in six years for candidates for a future class of up to 175 police officers in 2014. The effort will reflect a newly revised policy approved by the Board of Commissioners that will maximize the ability of military veterans to become members of the Port Authority Police Department.


The agency will begin a comprehensive effort to bolster the ranks of the Port Authority's nearly 1,600-member police force. The goal is to create an extensive and current list of top-notch candidates for a new police academy class in 2014. The new recruitment effort will begin May 10 and run through June 17.  


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