Beginning today, Monday, June 16, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will close three of the four upper-level lanes on the George Washington Bridge for 12 weeks during overnight hours. This effort is part of the upper-level deck rehabilitation project, which began last summer.
The lanes mentioned will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday into Saturday. There will be no lane closings on Saturday or Sunday nights.
The agency advises trucks, which can only use the upper level of the George Washington Bridge, to budget extra time or take an alternate route.
Work will shift between the eastbound and westbound directions throughout the duration of the project.
On days scheduled for Yankee games or events at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, the contractor will not be allowed to close lanes until one hour after the end of the game/event to mitigate traffic impact.
For up to the minute traffic and delay information, we urge you to sign up for Port Authority Bridge Alert at PAAlerts.com. You also can call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information.
About the upper-level deck rehabilitation project:
The bridge project provides for the rehabilitation of the structural steel on the upper-level roadway deck and support structure to maintain it in a state of good repair. This work involves replacing six-foot sections of deck adjacent to the deck joints with a modified deck system that will extend the bridge deck's life by 15 to 20 years. The existing steel deck was installed in 1978.
Visit http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/gwb-upper-deck-steel-rehab.html to view the current construction schedule and learn more about the project.
On Tuesday, May 27, the Outerbridge Crossing Paving Project will continue with the replacement of the concrete pavement in the New York Toll Plaza. Work will be staged affecting two toll lanes at a time with minimal impact to drivers. At least three lanes will remain open in the toll plaza, along with the high speed E-ZPass lanes. There will be no eastbound access to oversized and wide-load vehicles at the Outerbridge Crossing from May 27 to August 4. Wide-load and oversized vehicles should use the Goethals Bridge as an alternate route into New York. Work is scheduled to complete in 2015.
As you know, federal law requires the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) for all workers, including drayage and truck drivers, that need access to secure or restricted areas of maritime facilities. Drivers that do not have a valid TWIC will be denied access to the marine terminals. According to our SEA LINK® records, over 10,000 of the active drivers in the Port of New York and New Jersey have a TWIC that will expire this year. Drivers will be suspended the day their TWIC expires if they do not return to the SEA LINK® and register their new TWIC with the Port Authority.
Drivers have two options. You can replace your expiring TWIC with a with a three-year extended expiration date (EED) TWIC for a reduced fee of $60. This option is available only to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals whose TWICs will expire on or before December 31, 2014. TWIC holders who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals or individuals who are eligible but do not wish to use the EED TWIC option may renew their expiring TWIC by completing the standard enrollment process for a five-year TWIC, which includes an enrollment fee of $129.75.
To obtain an EED TWIC, eligible individuals will need to call the TWIC Help Desk at 1-866-347-8942 and make one trip to an enrollment center of their choosing to pick-up and activate the card. To obtain a regular TWIC, individuals must enroll in person at an enrollment center of your choosing. You should plan to start the renewal process no less than two months before your current expiration date. Once again, you must register your new TWIC with the SEA LINK® or your privileges will be suspended the day your old TWIC expires.
For more information please contact the TWIC Help Desk at 1-866-347-8942 or reference www.tsa.gov/twic.
We invite you to regularly visit: http://www.panynj.gov/port/port-news-announcements.cfm for pertinent terminal and port information.
In the weeks since the release of the Port Performance Task Force (PPTF) final report on June 24, 2014, over 500 port stakeholders have participated in a series of Town Hall meetings or a webinar to discuss the reports' 23 recommendations to increase performance, measurement, communication, and transparency. Members of the port community have consistently been encouraged by the collaboration that has taken place and the plans for the future, but all agree that swift action is needed to make the port more efficient and reliable.
The Port Performance Task Force has officially completed the planning work that it set out to accomplish and has been disbanded. The process of carrying out the recommendations will be overseen by the new Council on Port Performance (CPP). A governance structure for the Council has been established with members of the Task Force serving as the initial Council members. The Council will be supported by a series of Implementation Teams focused on Equipment, Gate Operations, ExpressRail, and Customer Care. There will also be a standing committee on Government and Community Outreach. Implementation teams will meet in August to establish a logical sequence to tackle the recommendations, timelines, and deliverables. For those interested in helping to enact the recommendations by serving as a subject matter expert on an Implementation Team, please email Beth Rooney at email@example.com and indicate the project(s) you are interested in working on.
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