Weather Advisory

Bayonne Bridge Planned Weekly Construction


Date: Jul 21, 2017

Agency to open Bayonne Bridge at 3 p.m. Sunday; Will suspend construction activities on Sunday at Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge

The Port Authority has taken several measures this weekend to improve traffic flow at its Staten Island Bridges and minimize the severe congestion that developed during the past two Sunday nights with weekend travelers heading home over the crossings.

The key measures include the opening of the Bayonne Bridge at 3 p.m. Sundays beginning this weekend and continuing through Labor Day. The bridge previously had been closed on weekends through 5 a.m. Mondays, limiting options for travelers heading to or through Staten Island to the Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge.

The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 21, through the 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, opening. During the weekend closing, travelers will initially be detoured via 5th Street in Bayonne to support construction activities. By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 22, traffic will be detoured via Avenue A for the duration of the bridge closing.

All construction work – other than emergency repairs – will be suspended at 3 p.m. Sunday at the three Staten Island crossings. At the Goethals Bridge, there will be single-lane closures this weekend from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, July 22, on the eastbound lanes and from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, July 22, on the westbound lanes.

The Port Authority also will have a full complement of toll collectors on duty on Sunday to expedite the flow of traffic through its toll plazas, and police officers stationed on both sides of the Outerbridge Crossing to quickly respond to accidents and disabled vehicles that might impede the flow of traffic.

The agency also has worked cooperatively with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the City of Perth Amboy on getting the word out to travelers not to divert through local streets if they are trying to access the Outerbridge Crossing, but to stay on Route 440.

To receive real time traffic updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at, call 511 or visit or

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