The exercise helped test emergency preparedness for tunnel and bridge agents as well as local first responders.
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.
The new $1.5 billion cable-stayed span will have three lanes in each direction, wide shoulders, a walkway and space for future mass transit.
An officer observed the front license plate on Eric Bonhommer’s truck swing up behind the bumper as the vehicle passed through the toll plaza on Thursday, police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.
An extra-alarm brush fire was raging on Staten Island Monday evening, bringing heavy smoke and causing traffic jams.
Construction is set to begin before the end of the year on a new Goethals Bridge, with the $1.5 billion deal to replace the aging current bridge now finalized, according to a published report.
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.
An overweight on a bridge that couldn’t handle it proved a disaster overnight in Washington state. It collapsed, sending three cars into the water. Fortunately, no one died. But it’s a reminder of the thousands of bridges just like it.