THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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WESTBOUND LANES OF GOETHALS BRIDGE TO BE CLOSED DURING OVERNIGHT HOURS BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 19

Date: Apr 08, 2004
Press Release Number: 42-2004

Beginning on Monday, April 19, the westbound lanes of the Goethals Bridge to New Jersey will be closed during overnight hours for necessary rehabilitation of the bridge deck, structural steel and sidewalk.

This important rehabilitation project will require the following overnight closures of the New Jersey-bound lanes on the Goethals Bridge:

During the overnight closures of the Goethals Bridge, customers are urged to use theBayonne Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing as an alternate route.

The work is weather sensitive and may be canceled in the event of heavy rain. Customers may call the Port Authority at 800 221-9903 for project information and daily updates, or visit our web site at www.panynj.gov for closing schedules and diversion routes.

The three-year, $63 million project involves the removal and replacement of the asphalt riding surface; removal and replacement of deck joints and storm drains; rehabilitation of the concrete bridge deck and a portion of the structural steel; and replacement of the sidewalk. This project is similar to the successful rehabilitation project completed at the Outerbridge Crossing in 2002.

The construction work will cease in mid-November for the winter and begin again in the spring of 2005. Upon the completion of the rehabilitation of the bridge’s westbound lanes in mid-2005, rehabilitation will begin on the eastbound lanes. The entire project is expected to be complete in December 2006.

Port Authority Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Ken Philmus said, “The Goethals Bridge is now 76 years old, with a deck that was designed to last for 30 to 40 years. Through rigorous maintenance and inspection, we have been able to extend the useful life of the bridge deck. This rehabilitation will allow the Goethals Bridge to function safely and reliably until a long-term alternative for the bridge’s future is identified,” referring to the Environmental Impact Statement underway to evaluate long-term alternatives for the aging structure.

“If a bridge replacement option is not advanced for the Goethals Bridge, a full bridge deck replacement will be needed in approximately 10 years, requiring as much as seven years of nightly closures through the construction process,” Philmus said.

The rehabilitation of the deck will provide safe and reliable service for travelers using the bridge. The sidewalk, which has been closed since 1992, also will be repaired.

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.