Record of Decision (ROD) [pdf] for Goethals Bridge Replacement, Executed on January 31, 2011.
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The Commander, First Coast Guard District, recommended, and the Commandant, US Coast Guard, approved the location and plans for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project utilizing the New Alignment South across the Arthur Kill between Staten Island, New York and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Following review of all pertinent factors, including navigation and the human environment, the Coast Guard concluded that the proposed Goethals Bridge Replacement Project will meet the reasonable needs of navigation with no significant, unmitigated adverse impact on environmental quality.
The ROD, which supports the Coast Guard’s intent to issue a Bridge Permit for the Proposed Project, is contingent upon receipt of the New York and New Jersey Water Quality Certificates (WQCs) and Coastal Zone Management (CZM) concurrences with the applicant’s consistency certifications from the applicable state and local agencies.
The timing of project construction was determined to be on a two-year delayed schedule with the new bridge operation forecast to begin in the year 2017 (i.e., opening year after which the old bridge will be demolished). The Coast Guard verified that the impacts addressed in the FEIS are valid for the delayed construction schedule.