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TRAVEL ADVISORY - BAYONNE BRIDGE TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND AS WORK CONTINUES ON "RAISE THE ROADWAY" PROJECT

Date: Apr 29, 2014
Press Release Number: 90-2014

Port Authority also announces return of the free weekend Bayonne Bridge shuttle for bicyclists and pedestrians

The Bayonne Bridge will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, May 5, to allow work to proceed on the “Raise the Roadway” project, which will allow larger, more efficient ships to access the region's port terminals. The scheduled weekend work will allow for the safe removal of portions of the structure of the bridge and for the lifting of large steel and concrete sections onto the bridge. Motorists should consider using the Goethals Bridge as an alternative.

Additional full weekend closures are expected throughout this year and will be announced in advance. To receive the latest updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at http://paalerts.com/, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org for the latest regional traffic conditions.

Return of Free Weekend Shuttle Service Across the Bayonne Bridge

This Friday, May 2, also marks the return of the Port Authority's weekend shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists who wish to cross the Bayonne Bridge during the construction period. Due to this weekend's full bridge closure, the free shuttle will only run between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday. It will return the weekend of May 9 and will operate Friday through Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through October.

Shuttles will run every hour and make two stops; one at the 214 W 1st Street (West 1st street and JFK Boulevard) in Bayonne, New Jersey and one at 209 Innis Street (Innis Street and John Street) in Staten Island, NY. The shuttles will be equipped with bike racks to accommodate bicyclists. The shuttles will be equipped with bike racks to accommodate bicyclists.

Here is a copy of the shuttle schedule (Friday-Sunday):

DEPART STATEN ISLANDDEPART BAYONNE
8:00 AM8:30 AM
9:00 AM9:30 AM
10:00 AM10:30 AM
11:00 AM11:30 AM
12:00 PM12:30 PM
1:00 PM1:30 PM
2:00 PM2:30 PM
3:00 PM3:30 PM
4:00 PM4:30 PM
5:00 PM5:30 PM
6:00 PM6:30 PM
7:00 PM7:30 PM

The shuttle service provides an alternative means of transportation for pedestrians and cyclists who traverse the Bayonne Bridge on the shared-use walkway. In order to protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, the walkway will remain closed for the duration of the project.

The $1.2 billion Bayonne Bridge project is designed to raise the navigational clearance under the crossing to 215 feet to allow larger, modern ships to travel under it and to provide commuters with a modern roadway with 12-foot lanes, shoulders, a median and a 12-foot shared bike and pedestrian path.

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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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.


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