Date: Jun 03, 2014
Press Release Number: 113-2014
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today launched four webcams offering motorists and residents the opportunity to view and track construction progress of the Goethals Bridge replacement project. Two of the four construction cameras are located on the side of the current bridge with views of New York and New Jersey and two others are located nearby, facing the bridge in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York.
The cameras provide images every 15 minutes of construction activity. Members of the public can view all four cameras at http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/goethals-bridge-replacement.html#webcam and select their favorite images and share via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Construction on the $1.5 billion public-private partnership (PPP) to replace the Goethals Bridge with a new state-of-the-art cable-stayed bridge began last month. The replacement bridge will connect Staten Island, New York with Elizabeth, New Jersey and serve as a key thoroughfare for the movement of billions of dollars of goods and millions of travelers throughout the region.
The new bridge will include additional 12-foot wide travel lanes and 12-foot shoulders that will ease congestion and accommodate anticipated future traffic volumes. Additionally, the new structure will restore pedestrian access to the Goethals Bridge with a pedestrian/bicycle pathway, providing a safe, scenic passageway for recreational enjoyment.
The replacement Goethals Bridge, which has a 100-year service life, will be built to include options for mass transit in the future, and will comply with the Buy America requirement on steel. The upgraded bridge will enhance the efficiency of the movement of both people and goods on the critical I-278 corridor and throughout the region, including the nearby New York Container Terminal, while making accommodations for future growth at the port facility.
The Goethals is the first surface transportation project built as a true public-private partnership in the Northeast Region. The project will create more than 2,250 direct construction jobs and generate $224 million in wages and $872 million in economic activity for the region.
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.