Oversized truck traffic will resume at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, November 24 at the Outerbridge Crossing as construction on that span ceases for the winter season. Oversized vehicles had been restricted from using the Outerbridge Crossing pending further repairs to the bridge's toll plaza.
Between July 9 and October 11 of this year, construction crews used weekday overnight closures to repave the bridge's eastbound and westbound spans, toll plaza, and approach roadways. Work on that project finished three weeks ahead of schedule.
"The project team at the Outerbridge Crossing did an excellent job," said Roger Prince, General Manager of Staten Island Bridges for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "The result is a smoother, safer riding surface and a significant reduction in traffic impacts resulting from routine roadway maintenance."
The 85-year old Outerbridge Crossing spans the Arthur Kill and connects Perth Amboy, New Jersey to Staten Island in New York State. The Port Authority last repaved the bridge in the early 2000s. Completing the project on time ensures that the Outerbridge Crossing will remain open 24/7 as the Port Authority and its associate agencies embark on two more large-scale bridge projects throughout the region over the next several years.
The other projects include construction of a new bridge to replace the Goethals Bridge, and raising the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge to accommodate modern container ships as they enter the port.
The Goethhals and Bayonne Bridge projects alone represent an investment of $2.8 billion; these projects are expected to generate approximately 5,000 jobs, $600 million in wages, and $2.5 billion in economic activity throughout the region.
Please note: Effective November 4, 2013, overdimensional and overweight trucks are prohibited from crossing the Bayonne Bridge at all times, until further notice. This change is necessary to accommodate ongoing Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project work.
For up-to-the-minute traffic updates at all Port Authority crossings, motorists are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has awarded awarded a 40-year design-build-finance-maintain contract to NYNJ Link Partnership as part of a $1.5 billion public-private partnership (PPP) to replace the current Goethals Bridge with a new state-of-the-art cable-stayed span. This will be the first bridge the Port Authority's built since 1931 when the George Washington Bridge opened to vehicular traffic. The project also marks the first true surface transportation public-private partnership in the Northeast.
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