Press Release Article


Date: Apr 29, 2015
Press Release Number: 55-2015

The Goethals Bridge will be closed in both directions from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, May 3, to allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct an emergency response exercise. In addition to the bridge closing, there will be local road detours in Staten Island and in Elizabeth, N.J.

Motorists traveling between Staten Island and New Jersey during this time are advised to use the Bayonne Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing.

Sunday's exercise will test the tunnel's emergency plan for mutual aid response, enabling Tunnel and Bridge Agents and local emergency organizations to train together and validate response procedures. The exercise will include members of the Port Authority Police Department, New York City, Elizabeth, Union County, Linden, N.J. police and fire departments, the New Jersey State Police and other emergency responders.

To receive real time traffic updates, travelers should register for Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at, call 511 or visit or

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