Date: Aug 07, 2014
Press Release Number: 163-2014
Motorists are urged to use the Goethals Bridge as an alternative
The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Friday, August 8, to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 10, as work proceeds on the "Raise the Roadway" project. The scheduled weekend work will expedite the safe removal of portions of the structure of the bridge and for the lifting of large steel and concrete sections onto the bridge. The Port Authority urges motorists to consider using the Goethals Bridge as an alternative.
The bridge will also be closed to traffic on the weekend of August 15-17 from 11:59 p.m. on Friday to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend closures are necessary to position equipment and support steel work at the bridge's main span and support towers. The August weekend closures are scheduled to end early on Sundays to limit the impact to travelers during peak summer travel times.
The Port Authority's free weekend shuttle service will run on Friday, August 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The shuttle service will be suspended on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 due to the weekend's full closure.
Additional full weekend closures are expected throughout project 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.
The $1.3 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.
The 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.