Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps – "Missing Links"

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Project Description

The Port Authority Board authorized $130 million for project planning, right-of-way, design and construction of “Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps Project (U.S. Route 1&9 and Interstate 278 Interchange Ramps - "The Missing Links") which would complete the existing partial interchange between US Route 1&9 and I-278 in the vicinity of New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13 and the Goethals Bridge, by taking trucks off the local roads. Currently, connections exist between the portion of I-278 east of the interchange and the portion of US Route 1&9 south of the interchange (that is from westbound I-278 to southbound US Route 1&9 and from northbound US Route 1&9 to eastbound I-278).  This project seeks to provide direct connections from southbound US Route 1&9 to eastbound I-278, and from westbound I-278 to northbound US Route 1&9.

The project will be managed in two-phases:

  1. Planning and preliminary design managed by the Port Authority in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT); and
  2. Final design and construction managed by NJDOT in coordination with the Port Authority. The Missing Links are under the jurisdiction of NJDOT and will remain so throughout the project and after construction completion.

While it is too early in the project development process to make a determination, any delays and closures that may be required during project construction will be identified during the later project design phase.  A Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) Plan, as well as other strategies to minimize the effects of any construction-related delays and/or closures, will be developed during project design.

The project is being funded by the Port Authority pursuant to Board authorization; no federal funding is currently anticipated. The project is being jointly managed by the Port Authority, together with NJDOT.

Progress

The proposed project is currently in the Conceptual Design and Related Environmental Services phase.  This phase, which is 22 months long, began in late 2013.  The Final Design phase is currently estimated to be 18-24 months long, followed by construction.  As this project involves an Interstate highway, the environmental review is being conducted in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Federal Highway Administration’s implementing regulations.  We do not know, at this time, the length of time that will be required for federal review of the environmental documentation.

Timeline

May 2014
Elected Officials Briefing
Purpose: Provide status of project and next steps.

June 2014
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):
Regulators for air, noise, historic resources, environmental justice and traffic
Purpose: Provide an opportunity for the resource agencies (regulators) to learn about the project and identify issues and impacts that may need to be addressed in the NEPA Process. Elected officials will also be invited to this meeting.

June 2014
Public Meeting

October 2014
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting

October 2014
Public Meeting

Community

PUBLIC MEETING

Traffic Improvement Study for Linden & Elizabeth, NJ Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps Project
(US Route 1&9 and I-278 Interchange)

Co-sponsored by

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The New Jersey Department of Transportation

Monday, October 27, 2014

Linden Public Library

3rd Floor

31 East Henry St., Linden, NJ

Open House:

5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Presentation:

5:30 P.M. & repeated at 7:00 P.M.

The project studies the completion of the partial interchange of US Route 1&9 and I-278 in Linden, NJ, west of the Goethals Bridge/NJ Turnpike Interchange 13.

This meeting will present a series of preliminary alternatives as well as an initial discussion of the impacts of these alternatives. Your feedback will help the project team narrow the list of preliminary alternatives to a short list that will be carried forward for additional evaluation.

For more information or special needs assistance, please contact the Port Authority’s meeting coordinator, Fitzgerald & Halliday, at (917) 339-0488. A Spanish language interpreter will be available at the meeting.

Public Meeting Announcement: October 27, 2014 [Printable Version]


Directions to Linden Public Library - 31 East Henry St., Linden, NJ 07036

Driving Directions:

From New Jersey Turnpike: (I-95) to Exit 13, take Route 1 & 9 South approximately 2.5 miles and make a right on South Wood Ave. Turn right onto East Henry St.

From Garden State Parkway South to Exit 136 (Linden, Roselle, Winfield Park), immediately make the first right into the jug handle (stay in the left lane of the jug handle). At light turn left onto Centennial Ave. Continue on Centennial Ave., make left onto Myrtle St. Myrtle St. turns slightly right and becomes N. Wood Ave. Turn left onto East Henry St.

From Garden State Parkway North to Exit 136 (Linden, Roselle, Winfield Park) bear right at exit, onto Centennial Ave. Continue onCentennial Ave. make left onto Myrtle St. Myrtle St. turns slightly right and becomes N. Wood Ave. Turn Left onto East Henry St.

Transit Directions:

BUS

#48 Bus stops at St. Georges Ave. & Wood Ave. Walk Southeast toward W. St. Georges Ave. Continue onto N. Wood Ave. Turn left onto East Henry St.

TRAIN

NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor stops at Linden Station. Walk left on S. Wood Ave. Turn right onto East Henry St.

The library has a parking lot, and there is also on-street parking available nearby.

Benefits

  • Improve through traffic on Bayway Avenue in Elizabeth and Park Avenue in Linden to and from the Goethals Bridge and New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13.
  • Reduce congestion on local roads, improving safety.
  • Reduce heavy truck volumes on local roadways.
  • Minimize adverse impacts to natural and manmade environment.
  • Provide effective mitigation if/where necessary to minimize adverse impacts.

FAQ

  1. What is the purpose of this project?
  2. How will the project be managed and what is the timing for the project?
  3. How much is the proposed project expected to cost?
  4. Who is funding the project?
  5. Will it be necessary to acquire any property for the project?
  6. What will be the impacts to my community and the environment during construction of the project?
  7. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project and provide input?
  8. Who can I call for project information?


  1. What is the purpose of this project?
    The purpose of this project is to complete the existing partial interchange between US Routes 1&9 and Interstate 278, located in Union County, New Jersey, in the vicinity of New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13 and the Goethals Bridge. Currently, connections exist between the portion of I-278 east of the interchange (including New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 13 and the Goethals Bridge) and the portion of US Routes 1&9 south of the interchange (i.e., from Westbound I-278 to Southbound US Routes 1&9 and from Northbound US Routes 1&9 to Eastbound I-278). This project seeks to provide direct connections from Southbound US Routes 1&9 to Eastbound I-278, and from Westbound I-278 to Northbound US Routes 1&9, to improve the flow of vehicular traffic in this heavily traveled area.

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  2. How will the project be managed and what is the timing for the project?
    The project will be managed in two phases: 1) Planning and preliminary design work, incorporating environmental review conducted in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Federal Highway Administration's implementing regulations, is being managed by the Port Authority in coordination with NJDOT; and 2) Final design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction work, to be managed by NJDOT in coordination with the Port Authority. The “Missing Links” interchange ramps are under the jurisdiction of NJDOT and will remain throughout the project and after the completion of construction work.

    The first phase of the project began in late 2013. The final design portion of the second phase of the project currently is anticipated to have a duration of two years.


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  3. How much is the proposed project expected to cost?
    The anticipated project budget is $130 million.

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  4. Who is funding the project?
    The project is being funded by the Port Authority pursuant to Board authorization; no federal funding is currently anticipated. The project is being jointly managed by the Port Authority, together with NJDOT.

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  5. Will it be necessary to acquire any property for the project?
    Any necessary right-of-way acquisition will be identified as part of the environmental review process in the first phase of the project.

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  6. What will be the impacts to my community and the environment during construction of the project?
    Any community and/or environmental impacts – whether beneficial or adverse – that may result from the proposed project will be identified, along with proposed measures to mitigate or reduce any potential adverse impacts, during the environmental review process.

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  7. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project and provide input?
    We encourage you to sign up to receive periodic project updates by clicking on this link and checking this website for updates, which will be provided during the portion of the project dedicated to environmental review. The public will have the opportunity to participate in public meetings and to provide comments at those meetings. Additionally, you can email us at the Port Authority at http://www.panynj.gov/feedback. Public input is encouraged and will be considered during this environmental review phase and throughout all subsequent project phases. Upon completion of the environmental review process, online inquiries will transfer to NJDOT.

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  8. Who can I call for project information?
    Bill Young, of the Port Authority’s Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department, at 201 395-3907.

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Contact Us

You can send us your feedback at www.panynj.gov/feedback or call 201-395-3907.


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