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Date: Dec 20, 2013
Press Release Number: 144-2013

Travelers urged to use Goethals Bridge as an alternate

The Bayonne Bridge will be closed during overnight hours beginning January 6, 2014 to allow work to proceed on the “Raise the Roadway” project, which when completed will allow larger, more efficient ships to access the region’s port terminals, the Port Authority announced today.

During January and February, the bridge will be closed from Monday through Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and from midnight Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday. The bridge will remain open on Saturday nights, Sunday nights and on holiday weekends. Closing the bridge during the overnight hours is necessary to safely allow for the removal of portions of the structure and for the lifting of large steel and concrete sections onto the bridge.

Throughout the duration of the project there will continue to be scheduled nightly bridge closings. Schedule updates will be posted at To receive the latest updates, travelers can register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at, call 511 or visit or for the latest regional traffic conditions.

In addition to the overnight closings, eight full weekend closings will be scheduled during 2014 and public notice will be provided in advance of the shutdowns.

The $1.2 billion Bayonne Bridge project is designed to raise the navigational clearance under the crossing to 215 feet to allow larger, modern ships to travel under it and to provide commuters with a modern roadway with 12-foot lanes, shoulders, a median and a 12-foot shared bike and pedestrian path.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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