Press Release Article


Date: Sep 03, 2004
Press Release Number: 110-2004

Rehabilitation Work Necessary to Maintain Runway in a State of Good Repair

Beginning next week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will temporarily close Runway 4R-22L – the main arrival runway at Newark Liberty International Airport – in order to make necessary improvements that will maintain the runway in a state of good repair. The construction project, which requires closure of the runway from 11:30 p.m. Wednesday through 6:30 a.m. on October 1, includes milling and repaving, along with electrical work that will provide new, state-of-the-art lighting.

Working in close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Port Authority scheduled the closing so that it did not coincide with the heavy summer travel season in order to minimize the impact on travelers. Aircraft flight patterns into and out of the airport will be adjusted during the runway closure, but will resume their normal routes as soon as the runway reopens. The Port Authority also has worked closely with community leaders throughout the year to keep them informed of progress on the project, which was first announced in February.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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