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TRAVEL ADVISORY - SIX HOUR OFF-PEAK CLOSURES OF THE BAYONNE BRIDGE BEGIN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2,TO SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION ON THE BAYONNE BRIDGE RAISE THE ROADWAY PROJECT

Date: Jan 29, 2015
Press Release Number: 20-2015

Closures will occur periodically on weekdays between 9 a.m.–3 p.m., weather permitting

The Port Authority will implement its first six-hour off-peak closure of the Bayonne Bridge on Monday, February 2, at 9 a.m. Additional six-hour closures are scheduled next week for Tuesday, February 3, Wednesday, February 4, and Thursday, February 5, and each one will occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to minimize customer and traffic impacts. As previously announced, six-hour off-peak closures will occur periodically throughout project construction, weather permitting. The closures are needed to safely lift 100-ton roadway sections onto the New York and New Jersey approach piers, in advance of gantry operation. Motorists should use the Goethals Bridge as an alternative.

The Bayonne Bridge is also scheduled to be closed for 24 hours from 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 30, to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, January 31. The scheduled weekend work will allow for the delivery and positioning of strengthening plates for the main span and allow crews to continue the erection of the New York and New Jersey towers. This work is also weather dependent.

In addition to the periodic six-hour off-peak closures and extended Friday night closures, regularly scheduled nightly closures, intermittent weekday 20-minute holds, and certain weekend closures will continue throughout the duration of the project. To receive the latest updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org.

The $1.3 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.

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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.