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June 12, 2017
NY-NJ Bayonne Bridge raising completed ahead of schedule
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced the early completion of the Bayonne Bridge navigational clearance project that will permit access for some of the world's largest cargo vessels to terminals in Elizabeth, Newark and Staten Island.
The U.S. Coast Guard certified the bridge's new navigational clearance at 215 feet - equivalent to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge - allowing vessels up to 18,000 TEUs to travel underneath it to port terminals. The Bayonne Bridge's lower roadway removal was completed seven months ahead of a revised year-end schedule to increase clearance capacity from 151 feet and the maximum vessel size from 9,800 TEUs.
Vessels in excess of 9,800 TEUs will begin to call on port terminals in New Jersey, taking advantage of the new bridge clearance, in the coming weeks. By the fall, some of the largest vessels now calling on United States ports, between 13,000 and 14,000 TEUs, will be serving the Port of New York and New Jersey, the busiest on the East Coast that supports 336,000 jobs and counting.
Construction on the Bayonne Bridge project began in 2013, after the project received fast-track environmental review status and a federal permit from the U.S. Coast Guard. An elevated roadway through the existing arch bridge and over the existing roadway was completed in February 2017, allowing the old roadway to be removed.
Source: New Jersey Governor's Office
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