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PORT AUTHORITY COMPLETES MAJOR REHABILITATION OF OUTERBRIDGE CROSSING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Date: Oct 02, 2002
Press Release Number: 103-2002

A $51.2 million project to repair and resurface the deck of the 74-year-old Outerbridge Crossing will be completed on October 4, nearly two months ahead of schedule.

The three-year project involved repairs of 135,000 square feet of the bridge’s concrete deck, replacement of 82 roadway joints and a new asphalt riding surface on the bridge deck. It required nightly shutdowns of the bridge in either the eastbound or the westbound direction that diverted thousands of motorists to the Goethals Bridge each night when the Outerbridge lanes were closed.

“This is good news for the 80,000 customers who use the Outerbridge Crossing each day and have been subjected to the diversions, lane closings or delays associated with the work. We thank them for their patience and assure them that they can look forward to a smooth, comfortable ride for years to come,” said Ken Philmus, the Port Authority’s Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals. “Through hard work and determination, we completed this project ahead of schedule and will begin to shift our resources to the Goethals Bridge, which is in need of repairs.”

The Port Authority is preparing a similar rehabilitation project on the Goethals Bridge, which is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2003. Repairs also are under way at that bridge to replace roadway joints in need of immediate attention.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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