Press Release Article


Date: Jul 05, 2013
Press Release Number: 66-2013

The Port Authority will conduct a pavement improvement project on the 85 year-old bridge to improve traffic safety and driving conditions

Beginning Tuesday, July 9, through October 2013, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will perform a pavement replacement project on the Outerbridge Crossing to improve traffic safety and driving conditions.

During that time, the bridge that links Perth Amboy, NJ to Staten Island will be closed during overnight hours, Monday to Thursday from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday. The bridge will be open on Saturday and Sunday nights and holiday weekends. During the scheduled work, traffic will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge. After Labor Day, the bridge will close at 9 p.m. on weeknights and open at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

The Outerbridge Crossing was built in the late 1920s. The toll plaza concrete slabs were installed in 1977 and the spans were repaved in the early 2000s. Both of these surfaces have reached the end of their useful lives. The bridge roadway work is required to maintain the facility roadways in a state of good repair and to ensure the continuing travel safety for all our customers.

Closing the bridge overnight will allow the Port Authority to complete this critical work in 2013, allowing the bridge to remain open in both directions during 2014, when construction on the Bayonne Bridge, Pulaski Skyway and Verrazzano Bridge is expected to take place.

This is the first of three innovative projects for the bridges connecting Staten Island and New Jersey. Future projects include replacing the Goethals Bridge and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadway to allow for larger ships to pass through to our ports. These three Port Authority projects combined are expected to generate approximately 5,000 jobs, $600 million in wages and $2.5 billion in economic activity in the region.

Alternate Travel

All traffic will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge where there will be additional staff to handle traffic during

Outerbridge Crossing closure hours.

From Staten Island to the Goethals Bridge

Route 440 South (to New Jersey) will be closed right before the entrance to the bridge and detour signs will direct Route 440 traffic to the West Shore Expressway towards the Goethals Bridge. Local street traffic will be directed to Boscombe Avenue back onto West Shore Expressway towards Goethals Bridge.

From New Jersey to the Goethals Bridge

Route 440 North (to New York) access to the Outerbridge Crossing will be closed from the State Street Exit (Perth Amboy) to the bridge and detour signs will direct traffic back onto Route 440 South, via State Street, towards the Goethals Bridge via the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike.

Motorists can visit for more project details. For up to the minute travel alerts, customer should sign up for e-alerts at or call 511 or check or

CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 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 the Western Hemisphere. 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 raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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