Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program

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Existing and proposed Bayonne Bridge images

Project Background

The Bayonne Bridge, a historic civil engineering landmark designed by Othmar H. Ammann, is the fourth longest steel arch bridge in the world, and was the longest in the world at the time of its completion. It connects Bayonne, New Jersey, with Staten Island, New York, spanning the Kill Van Kull. Construction began in September 1928 and was completed in 1931. The primary purpose of the bridge was to allow vehicular traffic from Staten Island to reach Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel.

Today, because the bridge is only 151 feet above the water, larger container ships often cannot cross under it to reach our marine terminals – Port Newark, Elizabeth and Howland Hook in Staten Island. Shippers who rely on our ports for access to a regional transportation network are forced to use other smaller, less-efficient and less environmentally friendly ships to bring goods into our region.

Benefits to our Region

“Raise the Roadway” has significant long-term benefits:

  • Larger, more efficient ships calling on our ports will mean cleaner air for our neighbors.
  • Wider lanes, shoulders and median dividers will make the bridge safer for drivers.
  • A bikeway and walkway the entire length of the bridge will make traveling the bridge easier for all of us.
  • Stairs will be replaced with access ramps.
  • New piers, a new roadway deck and new approach roads will ensure the bridge will be built to last for generations.
  • The design allows for future mass transit service.

Investment in the Region

The construction of the new roadway and demolition of the existing roadway represent a significant investment in our region. Early estimates show that from 2014-2018, the project will support nearly 2800 jobs and $240 million in wages throughout the construction industry.

Conceptual Design: How Will We Do This?

The new conceptual design highlights safety and design improvements: wider lanes, shoulders, a median divider, and the potential for future transit options. We have completed final engineering design and project staging to confirm how the mainspan and approach will physically be raised while maintaining traffic and access in both directions. Click here to watch a video of our proposed design and construction staging.

The expansion of the Panama Canal is expected to result in a shift to larger, cleaner, more-efficient ships servicing our region and other East Coast markets. In order to ensure these new ships can reach our ports, the clearance limitation must be addressed.

To that end, in December 2010, the Port Authority announced its decision to take action to “Raise the Roadway” of the Bayonne Bridge to 215 feet. The 64 feet of additional air draft under the bridge will allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to welcome larger, more efficient vessels to our ports, which will in turn result in cleaner air in our region.

Community Meetings

Throughout the project, Port Authority representatives will be meeting with community groups, neighborhood associations, elected officials and city and state agencies to update them on our progress.

Click here to sign up to receive email updates and meeting notices.

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Progress

Project

Next Steps

  • Now to 2017 – Ongoing community outreach
  • May 2013 – Start of Construction
  • 4Q 2015 – Removal of Navigational Obstruction
  • 2Q 2017 – Completion of Construction

Photo of Speakers
Gov. Chris Christie (at podium), visited the Bayonne Bridge in September to praise the Port Authority's plan to increase the clearance height to permit taller ships to enter the port. Christie is joined by (left to right) Bayonne Councilman Terrance Ruane, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, State Sen. Sandra Bolden Cunningham, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires.

Video Links: Gov. Chris Christie | U.S. Rep. Albio Sires | Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith | International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) International Executive Vice President Harold J. Daggett | ILA Atlantic Coast District President Stephen Knott | New York Shipping Association President Joseph C. Curto

"This [port] industry will remain a vital part of New Jersey's economy and the region's economy for the foreseeable future now as we replace this bridge." – Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor

"The Bayonne Bridge has been a major priority of mine and I have advocated for the raising of the bridge to help save over 250,000 jobs. I applaud the teamwork necessary from the Port Authority, Mayor Mark Smith and his administration, the State of New Jersey, and the entire Congressional Delegation." – U.S. Rep Albio Sires

"The bridge is critical to the circle of mobility in the region." - Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith

"Today's announcement is part of two very important initiatives of the Christie Administration – job creation and ensuring our regional competitiveness." – Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lt. Governor

"I come before you today, [representing] the tens of thousands of ILA workers and their families, to thank Governor Christie for his valuable leadership in urging the Port Authority to authorize one billion dollars for the capital budget to address the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance limitation." - International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) International Executive Vice President Harold J. Daggett

"We are committed to getting projects like the Bayonne Bridge to market quickly while protecting our environment at the same time.  Raising the Roadway will allow larger container ships, burning less fuel per container and deploying the latest ballast water and other environmentally friendly technology, to enter our port.  I look forward to welcoming post-Panamax ships to our shores in 2015." - Pat Foye, Port Authority Executive Director

"Raising the Bayonne Bridge is the most critical infrastructure project facing the Port Authority and the region. That is why this project is the top priority of the Port Authority, and we are confident that when the Panama Canal opens, that first ship through the canal will then pass under the new Bayonne Bridge to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey—the premier destination of cargo on the East Coast." - David Samson, Port Authority Chairman

"This project is a prime example of how the Port Authority is working to cut red tape and expedite reviews that delay the delivery of important projects.  Every day that we can move this project forward is good for our port and good for the region." - Scott Rechler, Port Authority Vice Chairman

"Thanks to the hard work of Port Authority staff – and our federal, state and local partners – we will be able to Raise the Roadway ahead of the Panama Canal.  This critical infrastructure project will create more than 6,300 construction jobs and ensure the 279,000 jobs supported by the port will continue to flourish." - Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni

"[The board's actions] shows the Port Authority's commitment to ensure larger, more modern ships can continue to access the East Coast's largest port and in turn continue to operate as an economic engine for New Jersey and the entire region." – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez

"The Bayonne Bridge height restriction is a critical issue to both Staten Island and New Jersey's economy. I am pleased to see that the Port Authority's "raise the roadway" solution does not cause anyone to lose their home and that the Port Authority will be working with the Staten Island community to make sure we are comfortable during and after construction. I am also pleased that the Port Authority is open to exploring mass transit options across the future Bayonne Bridge." - Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro

"Raising the height restrictions of the Bayonne Bridge is necessary in order for our North Shore maritime industry to remain vital for future generations. Therefore, I am happy to hear that the PA's 'raise the roadway' solution takes into account Staten Island residents concerns regarding their property and potential traffic conditions during construction. This project will also create jobs for residents. I know the PA will respect our neighborhoods and traffic issues during construction." - Council Member Debi Rose (49th District, Staten Island)

Construction



Construction Related Traffic Updates

  • Bayonne Bridge to be closed during overnight hours beginning January 6, 2014 as work intensifies on the "Raise the Roadway" Project
  • The New Jersey-bound JFK Boulevard Off-Ramp and the Staten Island-bound JFK Boulevard On-Ramp were closed in December 2013 and will remain closed through the fall of 2015
  • The Staten Island Richmond Terrace/Trantor Place Ramps were closed in November 2013 and will remain closed through the fall of 2015

Additional traffic information and detour maps can be found here. Sign up for e-alerts for daily closure notifications or click the “Email Updates” tab above to receive general construction updates.

Bayonne Bridge Free Weekend Shuttle Service
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Bayonne Bridge shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists resumes service in May 2014.

Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" Brochure

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English
Spanish
Portuguese

Bayonne Bridge: A Landmark by Land, Sea, and Air

Bayonne Bridge Interesting Facts




Environmental Review Outreach

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), as the lead agency, has prepared a Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program.

Public meetings on this program were held by the USCG in February 2013 in Bayonne, Staten Island, and Newark, during a 60 day public comment period on a Draft Environmental Assessment. After reviewing all public comments, the United States Coast Guard has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). A Notice of Availability, the FONSI, the FEA, and a project summary translated in Spanish and Portuguese can be found on the Federal Register website.




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Bayonne Bridge Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will the Bridge be complete in time for a wider Panama Canal in 2015?
  2. How much is this going to cost?
  3. Does the Port Authority have the appropriate funding to cover the design and construction in its current capital program?
  4. Is Federal funding required to complete the Bayonne Bridge?
  5. Will the new Cargo Facility Charge (CFC) fund this project?
  6. What will the bridge look like when this is all over?
  7. Will it be necessary for the Port Authority to acquire any property for the project?
  8. What are the impacts to my community?
  9. Will there be delays or closures during construction?
  10. Will there be transit on the bridge?
  11. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project?
  12. How does the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program affect the Goethals Bridge Modernization Program?
  13. How long will construction last?
  14. What opportunities are available for local businesses?
  15. What phone number can I call if there is an emergency or constant construction noise?
  16. Who can I call for project information?

Bayonne Bridge Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Bridge be complete in time for a wider Panama Canal in 2015?

The Port Authority is committed to addressing this issue as expeditiously as possible. Our goal is to have the navigational obstruction removed by year end 2015.

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How much is this going to cost?

In April 2013, the Board of Commissioners awarded $1.29 Billion to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge. This includes a $743 Million award to Skanska Koch/Kiewit Joint Venture for construction of the Project.

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Does the Port Authority have the appropriate funding to cover the design and construction in its current capital program?

The Port Authority remains committed to the completion of the Bayonne Bridge project. In April 2013, the Board of Commissioners awarded $1.29 Billion towards completion of the Project.

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Is Federal funding required to complete the Bayonne Bridge?

No. This project will be funded entirely by the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

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Will the new Cargo Facility Charge (CFC) fund this project?

No. The new CFC is intended to finance landside transportation access (road and rail) and post 9/11 incremental security costs.

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What will the bridge look like when this is all over?

The Raise the Roadway solution leaves the iconic Bayonne Bridge arch in place while raising the roadway to meet the navigational clearance needs. As part of this effort, we will be upgrading the roadway to be more consistent with modern design standards, improving safety and security, considering innovative traffic management techniques to balance vehicular demand and more efficiently manage congestion, and plan for a more sustainable, transit oriented transportation network in the future

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Will it be necessary for the Port Authority to acquire any property for the project?

No. As the Raise the Roadway solution is a bridge modification and rehabilitation solution, the majority of the new roadway can be constructed within the footprint of the existing structure. No private property takings will be required. Additionally, temporary use of land for construction access may be necessary.

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What are the impacts to my community?

Our traffic modeling and environmental alternatives screening efforts found that the Raise the Roadway solution will result in the least disruptive community impacts for the range of alternatives evaluated. A Traffic Management Plan was developed in consultation with local transportation agencies to coordinate construction signage and incident response. As we move forward with the project, we will also identify mitigation plans for any potential community or neighborhood impacts, both short and long term, and will include updates on our Port Authority Web site. We will conduct comprehensive outreach during construction to keep residents informed of day-to-day construction activities, and work with local government officials for buy in.

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Will there be delays or closures during construction?

Every effort has been made to minimize the numbers of disruptions as a result of this project. The roadway will be open to traffic throughout the construction period. However, to ensure the safety of the travelling public, necessary work will require overnight closures from 9 PM to 5 AM on most weeknights, from 12 AM to 8 AM on most weekends, and up to 8 weekend closures per year.

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Will there be transit on the bridge?

In preparing for a more sustainable regional transportation network, the Port Authority's designs for this program will not preclude transit in the future.

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How can I stay informed on the progress of this project?

We encourage you to sign up to receive regular project updates by clicking on this link. Updates will also be made frequently to this website. .

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How does the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program affect the Goethals Bridge Modernization Program?

It does not. The schedule for the new Goethals Bridge assumes construction of a new bridge south of the existing bridge. The existing Goethals Bridge will remain open in both directions, throughout the construction period. Following completion of the new Goethals Bridge, the traffic will crossover to the new span. Therefore, we do not anticipate that construction on the Bayonne Bridge will impact progress on the Goethals Bridge program, and project schedules will continue to be closely coordinated and updated.

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How long will construction last?

Construction is scheduled to start in May 2013, the navigational obstruction is scheduled to be removed by the end of 2015, and construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2017.

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What opportunities are available for local businesses?

Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Program

The goal behind including an LBE program in the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project (BBNCP) is to actively pursue local businesses to offer them the opportunity to work and to be part of a major construction effort/milestone in the region's history, while enhancing the local economy.

Because of both the localized impact and the reconstruction of the Navigational Clearance Program, team members agreed it was necessary to better define what geographic area was considered local in relation to the Bayonne Bridge.  The method selected was to look at not only where customers were originating from, but also the counties in which they reside.  An analysis of origin and destination data was helpful to determine that following counties constitute the majority of affected customers:

  • Richmond County, New York
  • Essex County, New Jeresy
  • Hudson County, New Jersey
  • Union County, New Jersey

The Port Authority carefully identified key areas of construction that could be subcontracted in order to inform local businesses, specifically, what work would be available to them.  In addition, this LBE Program uniquely seeks to expand the types of services, work and procurement opportunities beyond traditional construction work.

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The key to success for LBE participation is reaching out and interfacing with the business community in the local areas. We want to put in motion this effort and lead the initial dialogue by hosting the first meeting with LBEs (in each county), at which all pre-qualified Contracting teams will be required to attend. During the fall of 2012 outreach events were held for local business in Richmond County, NY and Hudson, Union, and Essex counties in New Jersey. This purpose of this initial outreach effort was three-fold:

  1. to inform the LBEs of the BBNCP and explain we would like them to participate to the extent they are able;
  2. to share with them the business certification opportunities they can potentially apply for; and
  3. to provide both the potential Contractor team as well as LBEs a chance to network and build relationships.

For additional information about doing business with the Port Authority click here. To learn about our M/WBE certification and small business opportunities click here.

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What phone number can I call if there is an emergency or constant construction noise?

Call 855-265-5482.

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Who can I call for project information?

On the Bayonne side call Bill Young at 855-265-5482. On the Staten island side call Chris Lee at 855-265-5482.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions related to the Bayonne Bridge project, please send us an email at bayonnebridge@panynj
.gov
or call 201-395-3907.


Bayonne Press Conference

9/20/2010

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