The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says construction to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge is "well under way and continues to accelerate at a brisk pace."
Raising the roadway will allow post-Panamax ships to access Port Newark and
the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal in New Jersey, as well as the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island in New York
The agency said it has moved all vehicular traffic to the west side of the bridge, and construction crews have begun to remove portions of the eastern approach roadways and construct new piers.
"We are on schedule to meet our deadline for removal of the lower-level roadway and navigational clearance obstruction by the end of 2015," the agency said. A new roadway will be built above the current roadway so that there is 215 feet of clearance below the roadway through which ships can sail, compared to the 151 feet today.
The Bayonne Bridge raising is part of a proposed ten-year, $27 billion capital plan
announced earlier this week.
The plan includes $1.5 billion in investments, including a major project to design and build an upgraded Cross Harbor Car Float facility and a new on-dock rail facility at Greenville Yards that will serve the Global Container Terminal in Jersey City.
In addition to the Greenville Yards development program, there are 51 core projects in the Port Commerce department program, of which 25 — or 54 percent — are to keep facilities in a state of good repair.