BAYONNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Bayonne Bridge is closing as work continues to raise the span that links Bayonne with Staten Island, New York.

Traffic will be turned away from 11:59 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Crews will deliver and position strengthening plates and continue to erect the bridge’s towers during the shutdown.

Motorists are being advised to use the Goethals Bridge instead.

The closure is part of a $1.3 billion project to raise the roadway to give larger ships access to New York and New Jersey ports. The new bridge roadway will have wider lanes and a median.

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