Press Release Article


Date: Feb 25, 2004
Press Release Number: 23-2004

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved a five-year, $39.1 million project to rehabilitate and repaint the Outerbridge Crossing.

The project, which will begin in May 2004 and be completed by mid 2009, is a critical state-of-good repair project that will help sustain the overall condition of the Outerbridge Crossing, which links New Jersey and Staten Island. In addition to repainting the Outerbridge Crossing’s New York and New Jersey viaducts, the project also will remove lead-based paint, and rehabilitate structural steel on several areas of the bridge.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Rehabilitation of the Outerbridge Crossing is important because it allows us to improve safety for our customers, and it ensures that the surrounding environment is protected for our neighbors who live near the bridge.”

Port Authority Executive Director, Joseph J. Seymour said, “Making investments in capital projects that protect and renew our facilities has always been a priority of the Port Authority. This rehabilitation project helps to safeguard the long-term health of the Outerbridge Crossing and its role as a key link between New York and New Jersey.”

Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro said, “I applaud the Port Authority for making a major investment in restoring the Outerbridge Crossing. Because our Borough is geographically isolated and does not have the same access to public transportation as other municipalities, bridge maintenance is of paramount importance to Staten Islanders. Although this much-needed restoration will require some changes for local traffic, any short-term inconveniences will result in long-term gains for our residents and all bistate commuters.”

Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas said, “The Port Authority’s rehabilitation to the Outerbridge Crossing is critical to maintaining our area’s highway and bridge infrastructure.  It is perfectly timed to compliment Perth Amboy’s ongoing redevelopment projects and our efforts to make the city a waterfront destination for residents of both New Jersey and New York.  I am pleased that the Port Authority is making this $39.1 million investment in the Outerbridge Crossing.  As always, the Port Authority will work closely with the city to protect the health and safety of our residents and do the necessary outreach to keep them informed about the work as it progresses.”  

The Port Authority has regularly repainted the steel elements of the three Staten Island bridges since their construction 75 years ago. In 1995, a 20-year program utilizing environmentally approved techniques and advanced bridge painting technology was implemented. This new approach provides longer-lasting protection from the elements and better safeguards the environment than methods previously available. The new method includes complete removal of all lead-based paint and application of three new coats of paint. Once complete, the newly coated structure is expected to last 25 years with moderate maintenance. Rehabilitation of structural steel located in the areas to be painted will also be completed as part of the project.

A similar project to repaint the main span of the Outerbridge Crossing was completed in 1999. Additionally, the bridge’s roadway deck was rehabilitated with work completed in 2002. The current project will complete the final step in this major rehabilitation of the Outerbridge Crossing.

The Outerbridge Crossing celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2003. It opened to traffic on June 29, 1928. The facility now accommodates 84,000 daily vehicles traveling between Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and the Tottenville section of State Island, New York.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.