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:
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.
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.
Elected Officials Briefing
Purpose: Provide status of project and next steps.
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.
Co-sponsored by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The New Jersey Department of Transportation
Monday, June 30, 2014
Linden City Hall
2nd Floor Council Chambers
301 N. Wood Avenue, Linden, NJ
5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
5:30 P.M. & repeated at 7:00 P.M.
The meeting will present the purpose and status of the Missing Links Project and solicit input to identify a preferred alternative to improving traffic conditions and roadway safety in Linden and Elizabeth, in the vicinity of New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13 and the Goethals Bridge, by taking trucks off the local roads.
For more information or special needs assistance, please contact the Port Authority's meeting coordinator, Fitzgerald & Halliday, at 917-339-0488.
During the current phase of project development, in which conceptual design and environmental evaluation of the proposed project will be completed, any need for property acquisition will be identified, with the intention of seeking to avoid or minimize such need. Any need for property acquisition has not yet been determined, but the studies’ findings will be included in the environmental document, which will be available for public review and comment when completed.
Any community and/or environmental impacts – both beneficial and adverse – that may result with the proposed project will be identified during the environmental evaluation. Measures to mitigate, or reduce, any potential adverse impacts will be identified. The conceptual design of the proposed project will seek to minimize adverse impacts.
While it is too early in the project development process to make this 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.
You can send us your feedback at www.panynj.gov/feedback or call 201-395-3907.