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PORT AUTHORITY, AREA OFFICIALS OPEN KEY SECTION OF HUDSON RIVER WATERFRONT WALKWAY AND PARK IN JERSEY CITY

Date: Aug 15, 2006
Press Release Number: 55-2006

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia today joined New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa Jackson, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy and other area officials at the opening of a new section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and park.

This completed section of the walkway, which was constructed by the Port Authority, allows for future sections to be built that will connect Jersey City’s Newport waterfront community to Hoboken and beyond. Construction began in January and was completed on an accelerated schedule. The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2007. The Port Authority also constructed a small park connected to the walkway.

“The Port Authority advanced this project on an accelerated schedule because its importance to Hudson County was clear,” said Port Authority Chairman Coscia. “We are always happy to partner with NJDEP and Hudson County to invest in projects that increase open space and improve quality of life in this community.”

“This event marks the completion of yet another link in the Hudson Waterfront Walkway and another step toward completing a walkway that will allow our residents to stroll the length of the Hudson River from North Bergen to Bayonne,” said County Executive DeGise. “Thanks to the PA, NJDEP, and the City of Jersey City for all their support in this effort.”

\"With about 11 miles complete, the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway continues to reshape the revitalization of Jersey City\'s waterfront into a vibrant business community and recreational center for residents and visitors alike,\" said Mayor Healy.

The completed section of the walkway is 300 feet long and 30 feet wide, landscaped with a connecting quarter-acre park. The total cost for the project was $2 million, which includes costs for various security measures as the walkway and park are adjacent to the Port Authority’s Holland Tunnel ventilation buildings. The City of Jersey City will manage and operate the park. Crisdel Group Inc., of South Plainfield, was the construction contractor for the project.

Additionally, the Port Authority has committed $2.75 million to fund additional sections of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in the vicinity of Exchange Place. The Department of Environmental Protection, the lead agency, will manage the construction of those sections.

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 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.

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