Press Release Article


Date: Jun 13, 2019
Press Release Number: 93-2019

The Port Authority will rededicate the Bayonne Bridge – a major engineering and historical landmark – during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, June 14. The event will mark completion of the $1.7 billion project, which began in 2013 and was designed to provide a new, modern roadway for travelers, while raising the bridge’s main span to accommodate larger ships and fuel growth at the Port of New York and New Jersey cargo terminals.

The event will be held in the Pergola, located in Dennis P. Collins Park, 1st Street and Trask Avenue in Bayonne.

The event will be attended by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Representative Albio Sires, U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton and other state and local officials who have played a role in the project over the past decade.

The national significance of the bridge’s steel arch required the Port Authority to follow State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) guidelines during construction. SHPO guidelines require that a rededication event be held and that the bridge’s history be recounted during the event.

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