The Bayonne Bridge is closing as work continues to raise the span that links Bayonne with Staten Island, New York.
While, as of this past Sunday, many drivers are paying up to $14 to cross the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the Outerbridge Crossing, the cash toll for 18-wheelers is now $114.
Starting at 3 a.m. Sunday, the tolls jumped 75 cents for cars with E-ZPass, costing $9.75 for off-peak hours and $11.75 for peak times.
Motorists who use the Bayonne Bridge will need to find an alternate route.
The bridge will close from 9 p.m. Friday until 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The Port Authority’s free weekend shuttle service will be suspended on Saturday. It will operate on Friday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Drivers can take the Goethals Bridge as an alternative route.
Those traveling between New Jersey and Staten Island Thursday will have to plan their commute around a temporary closure of the Bayonne Bridge.
The closing will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Thursday.
Work to raise the span is vibrating windows and walls, splitting plaster, shifting door frames and filling the air with dust, some residents claim.
The bridge will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from midnight Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday as part of the $1.3 billion “Raise the Roadway” construction project.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will close the bridge between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the $1.3 billion raising of the roadway.
As work gets underway to lift the Bayonne Bridge so that larger ships getting through the Panama Canal can dock at local ports, those living under the bridge are worried.
Pavement replacement work is set to begin on the Outerbridge beginning Tuesday night. The span, which links Perth Amboy with Staten Island, N.Y., will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. from Mondays to Thursdays. It will be closed on Fridays from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
Work has begun on a project to create a higher deck for the Bayonne Bridge, one that can accommodate the larger ships that will pass through the new locks of the Panama Canal.
The agency says the decrease reflects a program that was established in 1998 to reduce motor vehicle accidents.