Date: Nov 01, 2005
Press Release Number: 129-2005
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia today joined Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey, U.S. Senator Jon Corzine, U.S. Rep. Bob Menendez, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and other area officials at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of a new section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
The completion of this section of the walkway, which will be constructed by the Port Authority will allow for future sections to be constructed that will connect Jersey City’s Newport waterfront community to Hoboken and beyond. Construction will begin in December and is expected to be completed in summer 2006. Additionally, the Port Authority will construct a small park connected to the walkway.
The full Hudson River Waterfront Walkway project is an 18.5-mile-long public waterfront corridor through nine municipalities from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is the lead agency advancing the overall walkway project, bringing together public and private entities to complete the project. Approximately 11 miles of the full walkway have been completed.
“Extending the Hudson River Walkway will add more glitter to New Jersey’s Gold Coast,” said Acting Governor Codey. “The walkway will give families the chance to enjoy the outdoors and see how our waterfront has spurred an economic rebirth in Hudson County.”
Senator Corzine said, “This is a small but important project to improve the quality of life of people here in Jersey City and of visitors to the dynamic west bank of the Hudson River. This is a waterfront that should be enjoyed by all.”
Chairman Coscia said, “Our 10-year strategic plan will continue to make strong investments in projects that bolster our communities by providing, among other things, greater opportunity for recreation. This project’s importance to Hudson County dictates that we proceed with an accelerated schedule, and we look forward to continuing this productive partnership with NJDEP and Hudson County.”
Representative Menendez said, “In an area as densely populated as Jersey City and Hudson County, it is crucial that we improve access to our existing parks and open spaces, and provide new recreation possibilities for families in the area. That is why I have fought to bring federal money to North Jersey to expand and improve our system of pedestrian paths, trails, and walkways. In this fight we need good partners and neighbors such as the Port Authority, who through today’s groundbreaking recognize the importance of these trails to the residents of Jersey City. I look forward to celebrating the completion of this segment next year.”
Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise said, “This section of the walkway is going to go a long way towards our goal of connecting Hoboken to Jersey City. It is an outstanding use of key property in the middle of our successful redevelopment program. Today is a great first step in reaching our goal.”
The section represented in today’s event is adjacent to the Port Authority’s Holland Tunnel ventilation buildings and will be a 300-foot-long, 30-foot-wide landscaped walkway and a quarter-acre park. The estimated cost for the project is $1 million.
Additionally, the Port Authority has committed $2.75 million to fund additional sections of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway located around Exchange Place. NJDEP will manage the construction of those sections.
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 and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit 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.