ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF FUTURE GOETHALS BRIDGE OPTIONS
TO BEGIN WITH EXTENSIVE TRAFFIC COUNT PROGRAM
Date: Apr 29, 2004 Press Release Number: 55-2004
Comprehensive Traffic Program Will Help Determine Recommendations To Address Future Traffic Growth at Bistate Crossing
A comprehensive traffic count program that will help determine recommendations for the future of the Goethals Bridge will be undertaken next month, the Port Authority announced today. The program will not impact traffic on the bridge or on neighboring approach roads.
The consultant team selected to undertake a three-year environmental review process of future options for the Goethals Bridge will collect traffic information beginning on May 3 at various locations in New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority is working closely with regional transportation agencies and local municipalities to ensure the traffic count program provides a comprehensive picture of existing and future traffic conditions.
The traffic counts are a required part of the Environmental Impact Statement process, which is being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard as the lead federal agency.
The environmental review process will ultimately result in the recommendation of a preferred alternative to upgrade the bridge, which is more than 75 years old.
The Goethals Bridge carries approximately 30 million vehicles each year and provides connections to the New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 1&9 and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
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.