Date: Aug 08, 2011
Press Release Number: 64-2011
Statement by Bayonne, New Jersey Mayor Mark Smith:
As Mayor of a Community at the heart and center of the Port of New York and New Jersey, I understand the importance of a modern, safe and secure transportation infrastructure and circle of mobility. As many of our roads, tunnels, subways and bridges approach their centennial year, it is critical that the Port Authority plan for and execute capital improvements that keep these vital systems safe and up to date. I was shocked to hear that the suspender ropes on the George Washington Bridge have never been replaced in 80 years. And anyone who has approached the Lincoln tunnel during rush hour understands that an approach way designed in the 1920’s simply won’t work in the 2020’s. It is clear that major capital investments are long overdue. In these difficult economic times, the Port Authority’s major capital improvement plan would create tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and deliver hundreds of millions in wages and regional spending. This investment has to be welcome.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman or Ron Marsico, 212 435-7777