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

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The Bayonne Bridge is seen from Collins Park - Bayonne, NJ - File Photo

The Bayonne Bridge is seen from Collins Park – Bayonne, NJ – File Photo

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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.

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