NY-NJ Bayonne Bridge raising to finish months ahead of schedule

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that as of June 30, the $1.6 billion raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadway will allow the world’s ultra-large, environmentally friendly container vessels to pass beneath the span, gaining access to the Ports of Newark, Elizabeth, and Staten Island.

Governor Christie, who joined Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other officials at Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, said the existing lower roadway of the bridge, which had prevented larger ships from entering the East Coast’s busiest port terminals after passing through the recently widened Panama or Suez Canals will be removed six months ahead of its recently revised year-end schedule.

The Bayonne Bridge currently has a navigational clearance of 151 feet, limiting the size of the vessels that can travel under it to approximately 8,000 to 9,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent cargo size containers). The newly raised roadway will provide a clearance of 215 feet – the same as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge – allowing ships with up to 18,000 TEUs to pass below to access terminals located in New Jersey and Staten Island. The largest ship currently able to navigate the waters below the bridge is 9,800 TEUs.

Source: NY-NJ Port Authority

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