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Goethals Bridge Planned Weekly Construction


Date: Aug 30, 2017

Construction suspended on Bayonne Bridge and other Port Authority crossings this holiday weekend to expedite travel

The Port Authority is ready to handle the more than 7 million people who will travel through its transportation facilities by air, car and rail during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the unofficial end of the summer season.

To ensure travelers have a safe, enjoyable trip to and from their destination during the holiday weekend, the Port Authority has taken proactive measures at all its facilities. They include a full complement of customer service representatives at the airports and toll collectors at bridges and tunnels, website alerts and Twitter updates about current facility conditions and online parking reservations.

To provide real-time sharing of traffic data, the Port Authority also has a data sharing partnership with Waze, a free crowdsourced traffic and navigation app.


From Thursday, August 31, through Tuesday, September 5, the agency forecasts more than 2.4 million passengers will use the Port Authority's airports – a 3.4 percent increase from last year's Labor Day weekend period.

An estimated 1.1 million passengers are expected to travel using John F. Kennedy International Airport. Travelers are encouraged to use AirTrain JFK, which connects all terminals with New York City Transit subways, buses and the Long Island Rail Road.

More than 500,000 passengers are expected to travel through LaGuardia Airport. Given ongoing redevelopment-related construction, travelers to LaGuardia should plan ahead and check for tips and the latest information on parking, mass transit and ground transportation alternatives. At the airport, real-time shuttle bus arrival information for all routes (Blue, Green, Purple and Red) has been implemented at the terminal bus shelters. Also, monitors that provide information on New York City bus arrivals and taxi wait times have been installed throughout Terminal B to assist travelers in exiting the airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport is projected to handle approximately 724,000 travelers and about 23,000 passengers will fly out of Atlantic City International Airport. Stewart International Airport is expected to see 8,200 passengers, a significant increase over last year thanks to new international services initiated by Norwegian Airlines.

Travelers driving to JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty or Stewart airports can call ahead at 888-250-8277 for general parking information or can visit to obtain parking rates and information, check on space availability or reserve a parking space.

In addition, passengers are encouraged to sign up for airport info alerts at This free, mobile subscription service also notifies customers about weather delays, parking lot capacities and AirTrain service delays.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals

From August 31 to September 5, the Port Authority expects that 4 million vehicles will cross its six bridges and tunnels: the George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel. With traffic volume expected to be higher than usual, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination. A full complement of toll collectors and police officers will be available to expedite traffic through the toll plazas.

On Friday, September 1, the Bayonne Bridge will open at 5 a.m. and remain open through the weekend until it closes again for regularly scheduled construction on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m.

Construction that would impact traffic at all other Port Authority crossings will be suspended for the holiday weekend.

To minimize congestion, commuters are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, purchase bus tickets in advance and anticipate longer lines than usual.

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


The Port Authority projects that approximately 785,000 travelers will use the PATH system during the holiday weekend period.

PATH will continue to run additional service during the morning and afternoon peak hours on Thursday, August 31, and Friday, September 1, to accommodate NJ Transit passengers affected by the Amtrak infrastructure work at New York Penn Station. PATH will return to regular service on Tuesday, September 5, when NJ Transit Midtown Direct service is fully restored. Over the weekend, PATH will operate on normal Saturday and Sunday schedules. On Monday, September 4, (Labor Day) PATH will operate on a holiday

For up-to-date service information, riders are encouraged to follow PATHAlerts on Twitter at Riders also can sign up for alerts through for up-to-date bulletins on service changes.

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