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FAQs

  1. When will the “Raise the Roadway” project be complete?
  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 Replacement Project?
  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?
1. When will the “Raise the Roadway” project be complete?

Milestone 1, navigational clearance for Neo-Panamax container vessels is expected on June 30,2017. Milestone 2, completion of the entire bridge structure, is expected in mid-2019.

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2. How much is this going to cost?

In April 2013, the Board of Commissioners authorized $1.29 Billion to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge.

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3. 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 authorized $1.29 Billion towards completion of the Project.

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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.

Visit our Community & Partners page for a list of addresses and hours of our local community outreach offices, as well as a listing of our Residential Assistance Programs.

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9. 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 daily overnight closures from 8:30 PM to 5 AM as well as periodic weekday daytime closures from 9 AM – 3PM.  The bridge will also be closed from midnight Friday through midnight Saturday on most weekends in 2015, with 12 weekends selected for Full Weekend Closures from Friday at 9 PM through Monday at 5 AM. For information on daily and weekend closures please subscribe to e-alerts or follow us on Twitter.

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

We encourage you to sign up for e-alerts to receive the latest information on bridge closures and traffic holds. You can also sign up here to receive newsletter and other Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program emails.

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12. How does the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program affect the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project?

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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13. How long will construction last?

Construction began in 2013, the increased navigational clearance is expected to be achieved in 2017, and construction is expected to be completed in mid 2019.

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14. 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:

  • to inform the LBEs of the BBNCP and explain we would like them to participate to the extent they are able;
  • to share with them the business certification opportunities they can potentially apply for; and
  • 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

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

Call 855-265-5482.

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16. Who can I call for project information?

Contact Chad Serpa at 718-390-2532 (Staten Island) or 718-390-3003 (Bayonne)

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