Date: Nov 29, 2013
Press Release Number: 131-2013
JFK Boulevard on and off ramp in Bayonne to close next week for duration of construction project
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will close the Bayonne Bridge between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., December 2 through December 4, to facilitate construction work as part of the agency’s Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program.
During the closure, the contractor will install posts between the new northbound and southbound lanes of traffic, allowing traffic to safely operate in both directions during the next phase of construction. This step is necessary to allow construction crews to begin to demolish the eastern half of the main bridge deck and approaches and construct the first half of the new approach road on the east side. During the overnight closures, all traffic will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge.
Also beginning December 2, construction crews will close the northbound JFK Boulevard on ramp in Bayonne and the southbound JFK Boulevard off ramp in Bayonne for the duration of the construction project. These ramp closures will facilitate necessary construction activities associated with the New Jersey approach structure.
All northbound traffic currently using the JFK Boulevard off-ramp will be diverted to the next exit to the north on NJ Route 440 at 5th Street. All southbound local traffic currently using JFK Boulevard to access the Bayonne Bridge will be diverted to the Avenue A on-ramp via JFK Boulevard, West 1st Street, and Avenue A.
To learn more about the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program and to view webcam views of the construction progress, visit: http://www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge/. For up-to-the-minute traffic updates at all Port Authority crossings, motorists are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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 http://www.panynj.gov.