Date: Aug 14, 2008
Press Release Number: 88-2008
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today released preliminary renderings for a Goethals Bridge concept. The renderings are representative of a potential cable-stayed design.
To see the renderings please click here.
The current Goethals Bridge is in need of major rehabilitation and frequently causes congestion due to its antiquated, narrow design. The agency has proposed completely replacing the structure instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on rehabilitation, which would cause years of delays and fail to address the bridge's obsolete design.
The new bridge includes a provision allowing for a future mass transit corridor in the center of the bridge, which could spur economic growth in the surrounding area.
The proposed new bridge will provide six 12-foot-wide lanes with full shoulders in both directions and a sidewalk/bikeway. The current bridge has four 10-foot-wide lanes without shoulders, so even minor traffic mishaps often cause major delays.
A new bridge with additional and wider lanes and full shoulders will help relieve congestion by minimizing delays due to traffic volume, vehicle breakdowns and slow-moving trucks. These traffic flow improvements, and the provision for a future transit corridor, will aid in reducing air pollution.
The renderings show the new bridge located to the south of the existing bridge location, which was the Port Authority's original proposal to the U.S. Coast Guard at the beginning of the Environmental Impact Statement. Alternative alignments with the new bridge on the north side of the existing bridge also are being evaluated.
The agency's preliminary plan aims to begin awarding construction contracts in 2011, with bridge completion in 2015.
The Port Authority's 10-year capital plan earmarks $1 billion for the project. The final cost estimates for the project have not been determined as the design process is still in its early stages.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Marc La Vorgna, 212 435-7777
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, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-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.