P.A. Commits $1B To Bayonne Bridge Fix

BAYONNE, NJ (WCBS 880 / CBS 2 / AP) – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to spend up to $1 billion to find a solution to the Bayonne Bridge height problem.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

The 151-foot-high road deck on the span connecting Bayonne with Staten Island is not high enough to accommodate the next generation of larger container ships.

Ships pass under the bridge to reach the Newark Bay port area.

The Army Corps of Engineers has said the best solution is to raise the bridge deck to 215 feet.

The Port Authority says options include jacking up the current road deck, creating a lift bridge mechanism at the center of the span or building a new, taller bridge.

The Port Authority said Tuesday that a prioritized list of alternatives will be completed by the end of the year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • BillAmerican

    That would be $900 million for the PA’s engineering report and $100 million for the actual construct. The PA should be abolished.

  • CrankiePants

    It’s cheaper to tear it down, it’s the least crossed bridge in the area. Who needs it anyway.

    • msirt

      Staten Islanders need it. It’s one of the only accesses to the island. I use it all the time. Ever try to get back on to the island at the end of a holiday weekend by the Goethals bridge or Outerbridge crossing?

      Pretty uneducated remark.

  • TWT56

    for that kind of money they can build a new port.

  • Nemesis_xyz

    What is the P.A. doing these days? They are so low keyed.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live