Date: Apr 09, 2014
Press Release Number: 74-2014
Travelers urged to use Goethals Bridge as an alternate
The Bayonne Bridge will be closed during the overnight hours from 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 12, to 8 a.m. Sunday, April 13 to allow work to proceed on the “Raise the Roadway” project, which will allow larger, more efficient ships to access the region's port terminals. The scheduled night work will allow for the safe removal of portions of the structure of the bridge and for the lifting of large steel and concrete sections onto the bridge.
The bridge will continue to be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from midnight Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday. Additional Saturday night closures are expected later this year and will be announced in advance. In addition to the daily overnight closings, full weekend closures also will be scheduled during 2014.
To receive the latest updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at http://paalerts.com/, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org for the latest regional traffic conditions.
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 http://www.panynj.gov.