Press Release Article


Date: Dec 07, 2010
Press Release Number: 90-2010

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized an ambitious program to upgrade three of the major roads at the agency’s New Jersey marine terminals to increase cargo capacity and enhance safety.

The program includes the widening of McLester Street in the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, and the widening and realignment of Port Street and Brewster Road. The McLester Street program was authorized at $30 million, while the Port Street and Brewster Road program was authorized at $34.5 million.

The work will complement an ongoing project to realign a sharp curve on North Avenue East and McLester Street at the Elizabeth Marine Terminal, which is scheduled for completion in December 2011.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Making sure cargo flows safely and efficiently through our port is crucial to attract international shippers to do business here. Today’s action will ensure that the port’s road network can handle growing cargo volumes well into the future.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “The more efficient we can make cargo movements in and out of our ports, the better it is for our customers whose businesses depend on speed and reliability. These major investments will help relieve traffic congestion and increase the safety along some of our busiest roadways.”

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “We have seen significant growth at our port, which is good news for the region. However, it has one drawback – increased traffic congestion. These projects will ensure that our infrastructure can handle today’s cargo volumes and truck traffic and keep cargo moving safely and efficiently through our port.”

The McLester Street project, scheduled to be completed in January 2014, includes the construction of a third traffic lane in both directions, the consolidation of driveways, a center barrier and traffic signals to enhance safety, and jug-handles to control U-turn and left-turn movements. The work will complement gate relocation and expansion projects currently being undertaken by a tenant, APM Terminals.

The Port Street/Brewster Street project, scheduled to be completed in September 2013, includes the realignment and widening of Port Street, the realignment of the north entrance/exit to Newark Liberty International Airport and the installation of a retaining wall along Brewster Road to accommodate the widening of Port Street. In addition, the project includes the relocation of traffic signals, signs, lighting, and the installation of a new bus stop convenient to Port Street and Brewster Road.

CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Steve Coleman, 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; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine 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 self-sufficient and receives no tax revenues from either state.

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