NY/NJ Port Authority Announces Plans to Build Two Bridges at Once

Twin projects will create 16,500 jobs.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hopes to soon do something it hasn’t done in more than 80 years.

"For the first time since 1931, the Port Authority is going to build two bridges at the same time," said Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The agency will be simultaneously raising the roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge — to boost clearance for container ships while replacing the entire aging and congested Goethals Bridge. The Bayonne Bridge raising is projected to cost $1 billion, while replacing the Goethals, a public-private partnership, would be $1.5 billion.

And these are just two of the projects that Baroni said would generate 16,500 construction jobs in coming years.

Other projects he noted include replacement of the George Washington Bridge suspension cables, for nearly $1 billion; a $500 million private expansion of the Port Newark Container Terminal; a $183 million renovation and expansion of the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and a $139 million rehabilitation of the Lincoln Tunnel Helix.

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Source: The Newark Star-Ledger