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The United States Coast Guard was the Federal lead agency directing preparation of the EIS for the Goethals Bridge Replacement.

The Port Authority of NYand NJ was the project sponsor of the Goethals Bridge Modernization Program, which features a new bridge to replace the existing Goethals Bridge.

The EIS Consultant Team that prepared the EIS under the direction of the Coast Guard was led by a Joint Venture of The Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Community and government agency input played an important role in the study as it progressed. The USCG organized three committees to provide input to the EIS. Each committee met several times during preparation of the EIS. These committees were:

  • A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of federal, state, regional, and local agencies that provided technical guidance on traffic/transportation and mobile-source air quality and noise issues and analyses. 

  • An Environmental Task Force (ETF), consisting of federal, state, and local agencies that provided technical guidance on all environmental aspects of the project not covered by the TAC. 

  • A Stakeholder Committee (SC) of representatives from a cross-section of interests and organizations that may be affected by the proposed GBR project.  This committee provided input via open discussion about project issues and findings. 

The public had a critical role in the environmental review process of helping to shape the scope of the EIS, reviewing project information, and providing comments and other input to the Coast Guard throughout the study process.

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» Record of Decision (ROD) for Goethals Bridge Replacement Executed on January 31, 2011
» Final EIS (FEIS) Published in August 2010
» Preferred Alternative Selected – New Alignment South