State of Good Repair

When built, many Port Authority facilities were at the forefront of engineering technology.  The airports were pioneering symbols of the new jet age; the container port was the world’s first; the bus terminals created unprecedented traffic efficiencies; and revolutionary engineering methods developed for the tunnels are still employed today.  With many Port Authority facilities now over 60 years old, they require significant ongoing investment in order to sustain full operational capabilities, remain safe and meet the demands of the growing New York and New Jersey region.

  • Aviation
  • Port Commerce
  • PATH
  • Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals

With over 105 million passengers, the Port Authority regional airport system is the largest in the country.  The system includes 285 miles of pavement, more than 6,500 sign structures, 98 roadway bridge and ramp structures, 425 buildings, and enough electrical, aeronautical lighting, fire protection, and line safety systems to support it all.

photo of maintenance workers on an airport runway

LaGuardia Airport

Item Estimated Cost Description
Upgrade Pumps in Pump House 4 $17 million Replaces existing vertical turbine pumps that provides the electrical power from existing substation. 

Economic impact: 33 direct job years; 86 total job years; $2.1 million direct wages; $5.1 million total wages; $19.7 million in total economic activity.
Rehabilitation of Taxiways A, M, and ZA $37 million Provides for cyclical mill and overlay, ,drainage improvements, and  the replacement of the electrical light fixtures, conduits, and guidance signage. 

Economic impact: 73 direct job years; 187 total job years; $4.7 million direct wages; $11.1 million total wages; $42.9 million in total economic activity.
Emergency Generators $19 million Replaces existing emergency generators with larger generators to be located in the vicinity of the CTB, East and West Lighting Vaults, Pump Houses 1-4 & 6, Hangars 7 and 11, Marine Air Terminal. 

Economic impact: 37 direct job years; 96 total job years; $2.4 million direct wages; $5.7 million total wages; $22 million in total economic activity.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Item Estimated Cost Description
Rehabilitation of Runway 4L-22R $457 million Provides new runway lighting, electrical infrastructure and guidance signs; also includes the enhancement of runway safety areas, navigation aids and operational enhancements. 

Economic impact: 899 direct job years; 2,306 total job years; $57.4 million direct wages; $137 million total wages; $529.8 million in total economic activity.
Rehabilitate T/WS A&B East $60 million Provides for taxiway mill and overlay, new lighting, guidance signs and operational enhancements. 

Economic impact: 118 direct job years; 303 total job years; $7.5 million direct wages; $18 million total wages; $69.6 million in total economic activity.  
Rehabilitation of T/W Q&QG $47 million Includes pavement overlay, lighting system upgrades and drainage improvements. 

Economic impact: 92 direct job years; 237 total job years; $5.9 million direct wages; $14.1 million total wages; $54.5 million in total economic activity.
Replacement of 5KV Feeders $36 million The feeders provide power to the navigational aid systems on the airfield such as the instrument landing system.

Economic impact: 71 direct job years; 182 total job years; $4.5 million direct wages; $10.8 million total wages; $41.7 million in total economic activity. 

Newark Liberty International Airport

Item Estimated Cost Description
AirTrain Base Vehicle Subsystem Overhaul $93 million Includes inspections, repairs and/or replacement of the base fleet of the Air Train vehicle subsystems.

Economic impact: 183 direct job years; 469 total job years; $11.7 million direct wages; $27.9 million total wages; $107.8 million in total economic activity.
Infrastructure Renewal –Fuel Distribution System Phase 1 $78 million Replaces the multiple fuel distribution pipelines with common distribution piping from the Fuel Farm to the Terminal B and C gates.

Economic impact: 153 direct job years; 394 total job years; $9.8 million direct wages; $23.4 million total wages; $90.4 million in total economic activity.
Rehabilitation of Runway 4L-22R $47 million Provides for  modifications to drainage, partial reconstruction of some pavement (full depth) and upgrade of lighting to latest FAA standards.

Economic impact: 92 direct job years; 237 total job years; $5.9 million direct wages; $14.1 million total wages; $54.5 million in total economic activity.
Rehabilitation of Taxiway P And Delay Reduction $32 million Includes pavement and electrical drainage on taxiway, new duct banks for runway status lights, and construction of 2 new high-speed taxiways.

Economic impact: 63 direct job years; 161 total job years; $4 million direct wages; $9.6 million total wages; $37.1 million in total economic activity.

Stewart International Airport

Item Estimated Cost Description
Rehabilitation of Runways 9-27 & 16-34 $141 million Includes work on the shoulders, drainage improvements and electrical upgrades.

Economic impact: 277 direct job years; 712 total job years; $17.7 million direct wages; $42.3 million total wages; $163.5 million in total economic activity.

The Port of New York and New Jersey is the leading destination for international shippers on the East Coast.  It supports approximately 280,000 jobs and billions in economic activity annually.  The Port Authority has invested billions of dollars in port infrastructure - including channel deepening, construction of on-dock rail facilities, the rehabilitation of berths and wharfs and upgrades to the port's road network - to maintain the port’s competitive advantage and to accommodate the continued growth of international cargo.

photo of construction workers at the Port

Item Estimated Cost Description
Port Newark Berth 6 Wharf Reconstruction $43 million Design and reconstruction of the wharf at Berth 6 at Port Newark to restore full serviceability to the wharf structure for safe container cargo loading and off-loading operations. 

Economic impact: 122 direct job years; 270 total job years; $7.8 million direct wages; $15.8 million total wages; $63.4 million in total economic activity.
Port Newark Berth 3 Wharf Reconstruction $39 million Design and reconstruction of a section of Corbin Street along with the wharf and culvert at Berth 3 in Port Newark to ensure the safety and reliability of the roadway and the adjacent berth that supports it.  Corbin Street, which is a primary roadway in Port Newark, handles an average daily volume of approximately 35,000 vehicles.  A portion of the roadway is supported by Berth 3, which was originally constructed in the 1920s and is one of the oldest wharf structures in the Port. 

Economic impact: 110 direct job years; 245 total job years; $7.1 million direct wages; $14.4 million total wages; $57.5 million in total economic activity.  
ExpressRail Corbin Street Intermodal Rail Support Facility $97 million Design and construction of a flyover, connecting Port Newark Container Terminal to an on-dock rail facility and the expansion of the rail facility to facilitate shipment of goods by rail and reduce truck traffic on roadways.  This is part of a larger intermodal rail development program where the Port Authority has invested approximately $600M to facilitate movement of goods by Rail.

Economic impact: 274 direct job years; 608 total job years; $17.6 million direct wages; $35.7 million total wages; $142.9 million in total economic activity.
Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminal – Widening of McLester Street $30 million Design and construction of the widening of McLester Street at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal.
The completion of the McLester Street Widening Project will:
• improve traffic flow;
• reduce fuel consumption and associated air pollution;
• increase safety for trucks entering and exiting the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal from North Avenue East and the southern end of McLester Street; and,
• reduce congestion and enhance safety for tenant traffic entering and exiting McLester Street. 

Economic impact: 85 direct job years; 188 total job years; $5.4 million direct wages; $11 million total wages; $44.2 million in total economic activity.
Port Street and Brewster Road Improvements $39 million Widening and realignment of Port Street and Brewster Road, and their associated connecting ramps and intersections.  These improvements are necessary to increase traffic capacity and safety and alleviate traffic delays during peak periods on the roadway network serving Port Newark and the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal in the vicinity of Newark Liberty International Airport’s north entrance/exit.  A section of Port Street narrows down from three lanes to two lanes in both directions just west of the New Jersey Turnpike overpass to Port Newark, which contributes to traffic delays through Newark Liberty’s North Area entrance, particularly on Brewster Road.  The completion of this project will:
• provide a more efficient traffic flow traffic flow;
• enhance safety;
• reduce fuel consumption and associated air pollution.

Economic impact: 110 direct job years; 245 total job years; $7.1 million direct wages; $14.4 total wages; $57.5 million in total economic activity.
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Shore Power Project $19 million Construct a shore based electrical power source for cruise ships calling at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.  The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is in close proximity to neighborhoods and housing projects in Brooklyn.  By providing the ability to “plug-in” to the ConEdison power grids, vessels can turn off emission producing diesel powered generators while in Port.  The project consists of:
(1) the construction of three isolation transformers and switchgear to provide utility-required short-circuit protection for Consolidated Edison Company of New York’s three feeders;
(2) the construction of the outdoor substation to house the utility required protective equipment;
(3) the routing of power from the outdoor substation, via a duct bank, to the shore power substation; and,
(4) the routing of power and communication lines from the shore power substation to the vessel interface equipment, which includes the cable-handling equipment. 

Economic impact: 54 direct job years; 119 total job years; $3.4 million direct wages; $7 million total wages; $28 million in total economic activity.

 

PATH was one of the country’s first mass transit systems, and the Port Authority is investing to modernize and transform it into one of the country’s most modern.  In order to do that, and continue to serve the millions of riders traveling between New Jersey and New York each year, tracks, tunnels, stations, signals, and substations all must be well maintained to meet the growing demand.

photo of two maintenance workers at PATH

Item Estimated Cost Description
Installation of Continuous Welded Rail System $52 million Replaces existing rail reaching end of useful life with longer lengths of welded rail, extending the asset’s life and providing enhanced reliability and a smoother ride for passengers.

Economic impact: 111 direct job years; 255 total job years; $7.4 million direct wages; $15 million total wages; $58.4 million in total economic activity.
Tie Replacement in Outside Areas $78 million Replaces wooden railroad ties reaching end of useful life with longer-lasting concrete ties, extending the life of the asset and reducing maintenance costs in the future and enhancing reliability.

Economic impact: 167 direct job years; 383 total job years; $11.1 million direct wages; $22.6 million total wages; $87.6 million in total economic activity.
Turnout Replacement –
Phase III
$30 million Replaces track switches at end of useful life to extend the life of the asset, reduce operating and maintenance costs, and provide enhanced reliability and a smoother ride for passengers.

Economic impact: 64 direct job years; 147 total job years; $4.3 million direct wages; $8.7 million total wages; $33.7 million in total economic activity.
Replacement of Miter Rails – Hackensack River Bridge $13 million Replaces existing miter rails at connections between the stationary and moving portions of the Hackensack River Bridge, enhancing reliability, reducing operating and maintenance costs, and providing a smoother ride for passengers.

Economic impact: 28 direct job years; 64 total job years; $1.8 million direct wages; $3.8 million total wages; $14.6 million in total economic activity.
Tunnel Drainage System – Phase II $52 million Replaces existing drainage system in tunnel areas with new, higher capacity system, increasing reliability and lowering operating and maintenance costs.

Economic impact: 111 direct job years; 255 total job years; $7.4 million direct wages; $15 million total wages; $58.4 million in total economic activity.
Hoboken Corridor Modernization Improvements $4 million Replaces stair and modernizes corridor at north end of Hoboken Station to enhance safety and drainage along the passageway, and a more pleasant environment for passengers.

Economic impact: Nine direct job years; 20 total job years; $570,000 direct wages; $1.2 million total wages; $4.5 million in total economic activity. 
JSTC – Bus Terminal Escalator Replacement $14 million Replaces existing and outdated escalators between the street-level bus platforms at JSTC and the Concourse level leading to PATH in order to enhance reliability and reduce operating and maintenance costs.

Economic impact: 30 direct job years; 69 total job years; $2 million direct wages; $4.1 million total wages; $15.7 million in total economic activity.
Tunnel Emergency Ventilation Fan Blade Renovation $4 million Rehabilitates fan blades for tunnel emergency ventilation system to extend their useful life, enhancing system reliability and passenger safety.

Economic impact: Nine direct job years; 20 total job years; $570,000 direct wages; $1.2 million total wages; $4.5 million in total economic activity. 
Christopher St. Substation Replacement and Upgrade $71 million Replaces antiquated electrical equipment needed to power a portion of the PATH system and reaching end of useful life with new and higher-capacity equipment providing enhanced redundancy and reliability, and lower operating and maintenance costs.

Economic impact: 152 direct job years; 349 total job years; $10.1 million direct wages; $20.5 million total wages; $79.7 million in total economic activity.
Substation #7 and Switchgear in Switching Station #6 $51 million Replaces outdated substation at end of useful life with a higher capacity and more reliable facility, reducing operating and maintenance costs and enhancing system reliability.

Economic impact: 109 direct job years; 250 total job years; $7.2 million direct wages; $14.8 million total wages; $57.2 million in total economic activity.
Replacement of Substation #8 $47 million Replaces outdated substation at end of useful life with a higher capacity and more reliable facility, reducing operating and maintenance costs and enhancing system reliability.

Economic impact: 101 direct job years; 231 total job years; $6.7 million direct wages; $13.6 million total wages; $52.8 million in total economic activity.
Replacement of Substation #9 $59 million Replaces outdated substation at end of useful life with a higher capacity and more reliable facility, reducing operating and maintenance costs and enhancing system reliability.

Economic impact: 126 direct job years; 290 total job years; $8.4 million direct wages; $17.1 million total wages; $66.2 million in total economic activity.

With 120 million vehicles crossing Port Authority’s six tunnels and bridges each year, including the world’s busiest crossing, everything from pavement, steel, suspender ropes, signs, ventilation equipment, fire pumps, and HVAC systems need to be repaired or replaced to meet the demands of the region and maintain safe facilities.

photo of a maintenance worker changing lights in the tunnel

Item Estimated Cost Description
Holland Tunnel - Rehabilitation of Tunnel Ventilation Systems $183 million The Port Authority is replacing mechanical and electrical components of the original 1927 ventilation system, which includes fans, motors, motor starters and electrical transformers and switchgear. 

This work will insure that the tunnel continues to properly circulate outside air during all traffic conditions.

Economic impact: 334 direct job years; 755 total job years; $23.4 million direct wages; $45.6 million total wages; $173.5 million in total economic activity.
Holland Tunnel - Replacement of Piers 9/204 $86 million Construction crews are demolishing and replacing Pier 9 and Pier 204 located at the NJ River Ventilation Building of the Holland Tunnel. Pier 9 is the access pier to the ventilation building and Pier 204 is the apron structure surrounding the ventilation building. 

Replacement piers will provide necessary emergency egress from the tunnel as well as provide potential public recreational space.

Economic impact: 157 direct job years; 355 total job years; $11 million direct wages; $21.4 million total wages; $81.6 million in total economic activity.
Lincoln Tunnel – Deck Replacement of The NY Expressway Between W 31 and W 33 Streets $15 million The Port Authority is replacing the structural deck and related seismic upgrades to the superstructure for the NY Expressway between W31st and W33rd Streets.

The project will maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the bridge structure insuring future continued operation of the roadway.

Economic impact: 27 direct job years; 62 total job years; $1.9 million direct wages; $3.7 total wages; $14.2 million in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge - Main Span Upper Level Structural Steel Rehabilitation $129 million The work involves the removal and replacement of six-foot portions of the existing steel deck above every floor beam and rehabilitation of the remaining deck area along the upper level roadway. Additionally, workers will rehabilitate localized steel of the upper level roadway support steel, resurface the westbound upper level roadway, upgrade and rehabilitation of the upper level roadway drainage system, and rehabilitate the upper level roadway finger joints.

The project will maintain safety and structural integrity of the bridge span thus reducing roadway closures for unplanned repairs.

Economic impact: 235 direct job years; 532 total job years; $16.5 million direct wages; $32.2 million direct wages; $122.3 million in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge - Suspender Rope Replacement and Main Cable Rehabilitation  $1.1 billion Replacement of all 592 suspender ropes, main cable rehabilitation, handrail replacement, necklace lighting replacement ,security enhancements and  upper level sidewalk replacement.

The project will maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the bridge insuring continued operation.

Economic impact: Two direct job years; four total job years; $130,000 direct wages; $250,000 total wages; $950,000 in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge - Rehab of NY/NJ Anchor Main Cable Strands $33 million As part of the ongoing state-of-good-repair work at the GWB, crews are replacing main cable strands, rehabilitating remaining strands and rehabilitating the dehumidification system. 

The project will maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the bridge insuring continued operation.

Economic impact: 60 direct job years; 136 total job years; $4.2 million direct wages; $8.2 million total wages; $31.3 million in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge - Utility Relocations on Main Span $13 million The relocation of utilities is necessary for the replacement of suspender ropes on the GWB.  Conduit currently located beneath the south sidewalk will be relocated to the median area on the lower level. 

This project will support the suspender rope replacement project, which is necessary to maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the bridge insuring continued operation.

Economic impact: 24 direct job years; 54 total job years; $1.7 million direct wages; $3.2 million total wages; $12.3 million in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge- Rehabilitation of 178th and 179th Street Ramps, Bus Ramps, And Bus Turn Around $200 million The Port Authority will replace the concrete deck slabs and rehabilitate the steel superstructure, piers and abutments of the 178th and 179th Street Ramps, Bus Ramps and Bus Turnaround structures. These ramps are part of the New York approach of the GWB upper level roadway.

This project will maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the roadway ramp structures  insuring their future continued operation.

Economic impact: 365 direct job years; 825 total job years; $25.6 million direct wages; $49.9 million total wages; $189.6 in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge - Rehabilitation of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Helix Ramps to GWB Upper Level $78 million The agency will replace the existing ramp structure connecting the Palisades Interstate Parkway to the GWB upper level eastbound roadway. Work involves demolition and replacement of the entire structure and construction of a temporary ramp to maintain traffic during the Helix ramp replacement. The current helix is more than 70 years old.

This project will maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the bridge insuring continued operation.

Economic impact: 142 direct job years; 322 total job years; $10 million direct wages; $19.4 million total wages; $74 million in total economic activity.
George Washington Bridge – Upgrade / Replace ITS Signs and Field Devices $93 million Eight variable message signs will be replaced under an early action contract in 2013. In addition, the agency is partnering with the NJ Turnpike Authority  to replace six variable message signs and structures on Route I-95 approaches to the GWB. Also, provide for the replacement of existing ITS signs and field devices.

Improved roadway signage will provide motorists with timely information for best route decision making especially in light of upcoming major regional construction projects.

Economic impact: 170 direct job years; 384 total job years; $11.9 million direct wages; $23.2 million total wages; $88.2 million in total economic activity.
Outerbridge Crossing - Pavement Rehabilitation $27 million Construction crews will mill and pave the East and West bound approach and main spans of the Outer Bridge including sections of approach roadways. Also, crews will replace the toll plaza concrete pavement slabs. This will provide commuters with a smoother and more efficient experience when crossing the bridge. 

This project will maintain the structural integrity and extend the useful life of the bridge insuring continued operation.

Economic impact: 49 direct job years; 111 total job years; $3.5 million direct wages; $6.7  million total wages; $25.6 million in total economic activity.
Port Authority  Bus Terminal - Building Automated Monitoring & Control System Replacement $28 million Replacement of existing building automated monitoring and control system which includes control units, control and power wiring, control unit enclosures, operator workstations, and application software and fiber optic communication loop to interface with building subsystem. 

Replaced building management systems will insure improved optimized operation of the Bus Terminal systems such as lighting, elevators & escalators and HVAC. 

Economic impact: 51 direct job years; 115 total job years; $3.6 million direct wages; $7 million total wages; $26.6 million in total economic activity.
Port Authority Bus Terminal - Replacement of Fire Pumps $11 million Provide for the replacement of the four existing fire pumps in the South Wing and one existing fire pump in the North Wing; upgrade of associated pump electrical power feed sub-systems.

This work insures continued reliable service of the fire protection system.

Economic impact: 20 direct job years; 45 total job years; $1.4 million direct wages; $2.7 million total wages; $10,4 million in total economic activity.
PA Bus Terminal - Replace Primary Electric Service $20 million Workers are replacing the primary electric 208-volt main distribution equipment in the PABT South Wing and installing transformers at substations. In addition, crews are replacing the North Wing primary electric main service distribution equipment and switchgear assemblies.

Replaced electrical service equipment will insure continued reliability of power throughout the Bus Terminal.

Economic impact: 36 direct job years; 82 total job years; $2.6 million direct wages; $5 million total wages; $19 million in total economic activity.
Port Authority Bus Terminal – Installation of Energy Efficient HVAC System and Upgrades to Electrical System $57 million Replacement and removal of existing  53 HVAC Units in South Wing with  new and more efficient 39 HVAC units and retrofit of 8 HVAC units and installation of 480-V electrical substation and upgrade of electrical distribution system.

New HVAC equipment will improve the distribution of conditioned air throughout the Bus Terminal South Wing.

Economic impact: 104 direct job years; 235 total job years; $7.3 million direct wages; $14.2 million total wages; $54.1 million in total economic activity.

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