Vol. 8, No. 4, November 2013



Port Authority and NYNJ Link  Partnership Reach Financial Close for Goethals Bridge Replacement

Financial close is the last major milestone on the project to replace the Goethals Bridge with a new state-of-the-art cable stayed design bridge.


The project is the Port Authority's first new bridge in more than 80 years and the first true surface transportation public-private partnership in the Northeast Region.  Read more

Sandy Recovery Work on PATH To Remove Latent Salt  

The PATH rail system's ongoing post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts are requiring the suspension of service at the World Trade Center and Exchange Place stations on three weekends:  November 8-10 (completed),  November 15-17 (completed), and November 22-24, as staff works to continue removing corrosive salt from rails, equipment and tunnels to ensure the long-term viability and reliability of the entire 43-mile system.  Extra trains will run on the Journal Square to Hoboken line during this period.  Read more.     


Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program

Starting November 11, construction crews began to remove sidewalk and fascia girders of the Bayonne Bridge.  This work required the closure of traffic lanes and traffic holds for up to 15 minutes.  Read more.


Did you Know?

You can see construction progress through webcam views of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program by visiting www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge.


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be Wednesday, December 4.
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
November 13 Board and committee meetings are also available online.  
Port Authority Board Advances LaGuardia Redevelopment With Authorization for New Parking Garage  

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized $230.4 million on November 13 for design and construction of a 3,084-space garage 
Rendering of Central Terminal Building  
at LaGuardia Airport  
on the west side of the planned $3.6 billion new Central Terminal Building project at LaGuardia Airport.  

The garage serving the current, nearly half-century-old terminal will be razed to provide some of the footprint for the new, state-of-the-art terminal. This will allow more room on the airfield side for 35 gates, the same number of gates in the existing terminal, to accommodate today's modern aircraft designs. These improvements will help the agency meet increased passenger forecasts at the slot-controlled LaGuardia, which is on pace to set a record in excess of 27 million passengers this year with 34 million anticipated by 2030.


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One World Trade Center Stands 1,776 Feet Tall
WTC Spire and Beacon Visible on Top of One World Trade Center
"The Port Authority, The Durst Organization, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have long celebrated the height of 1,776 feet as an unwavering principle of One World Trade Center's design. This iconic building represents the resilience of America and today's decision recognizes One World Trade Center's rightful place in history." That was the Port Authority's response to last week's announcement by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a world authority on supersized skyscrapers, that One WTC is indeed the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.




Port Authority and Durst Organization Test Spire and Beacon on Top of One World Trade Center

The Port Authority and The Durst Organization conducted a test of the spire and beacon atop One World Trade Center on November 8. Together, the spire and beacon stand 408-feet tall.

The beacon, which is the top section of spire, contains 288 50-watt LED modules that produce 288,000 lumens of light that will enable the spire to be visible up to 50 miles on a clear night. The spire will serve a state-of-the-art broadcast facility, to be operated by The Durst Organization. It will provide unparalleled transmission services for the region's broadcast outlets. Ironworkers completed installation of the spire on May 10, 2013 bringing One World Trade Center to its iconic height of 1,776 feet.

Major Pedestrian Corridor Opens at World Trade Center Site 
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye provides remarks at opening of WTC West Concourse.  Seated (from right) Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, Westfield's U.S. Chief Operating Officer Greg Miles, and Brookfield Office Properties U.S. Commercial Operations President and CEO Mitch Rudin.
The Port Authority, Westfield Group and Brookfield Office Properties celebrated the opening of the World Trade Center West Concourse on October 24, restoring a critical pedestrian transit connection lost on September 11, 2001.

The underground corridor will provide a vital link for tens of thousands of daily commuters and tourists at the World Trade Center, signaling a major milestone in the redevelopment of the 16-acre site. 

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