The Port Authority Board authorized $130 million for project planning, right-of-way, design and construction of “Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps Project (U.S. Route 1&9 and Interstate 278 Interchange Ramps - "The Missing Links") which would complete the existing partial interchange between US Route 1&9 and I-278 in the vicinity of New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13 and the Goethals Bridge, by taking trucks off the local roads. Currently, connections exist between the portion of I-278 east of the interchange and the portion of US Route 1&9 south of the interchange (that is from westbound I-278 to southbound US Route 1&9 and from northbound US Route 1&9 to eastbound I-278). This project seeks to provide direct connections from southbound US Route 1&9 to eastbound I-278, and from westbound I-278 to northbound US Route 1&9.
The project will be managed in two-phases:
While it is too early in the project development process to make a determination, any delays and closures that may be required during project construction will be identified during the later project design phase. A Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) Plan, as well as other strategies to minimize the effects of any construction-related delays and/or closures, will be developed during project design.
The project is being funded by the Port Authority pursuant to Board authorization; no federal funding is currently anticipated. The project is being jointly managed by the Port Authority, together with NJDOT.
The proposed project is currently in the Conceptual Design and Related Environmental Services phase. This phase, which is 22 months long, began in late 2013. The Final Design phase is currently estimated to be 18-24 months long, followed by construction. As this project involves an Interstate highway, the environmental review is being conducted in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Federal Highway Administration’s implementing regulations. We do not know, at this time, the length of time that will be required for federal review of the environmental documentation.
Elected Officials Briefing
Purpose: Provide status of project and next steps.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):
Regulators for air, noise, historic resources, environmental justice and traffic
Purpose: Provide an opportunity for the resource agencies (regulators) to learn about the project and identify issues and impacts that may need to be addressed in the NEPA Process. Elected officials will also be invited to this meeting.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting
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