Date: Oct 11, 2012
Press Release Number: 135-2012
Agency will close bridge in both directions 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for safety drill
The Port Authority is advising customers who may be planning to travel over the Bayonne Bridge during the early morning hours of Sunday, October 14, to avoid the bridge and take alternate routes. The agency will close the bridge in both directions, including the pedestrian walkway, from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for a multi-agency emergency safety drill.
The drill will involve staff from the Port Authority, members of the Port Authority Police Department, the New York City Fire and Police Departments, the Bayonne Fire and Police Departments and the Bayonne Emergency Medical Services. The drill will simulate a head-on collision, resulting in multiple accidents on the approaching roadways. The exercise will enhance the agency’s overall preparedness for handling a large-scale emergency in coordination with numerous partnering agencies.
Motorists who plan to be on the road during those hours should take the Goethals Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing when traveling between Staten Island and New Jersey. Travelers can check 511NY.org and 511NJ.org for travel updates.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman or Chris Valens, 212-435-7777
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.