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Authority Warns of Heavier Bayonne Bridge Traffic Starting Tonight

The future (left) and current (right) Goethals Bridges and the railroad bridge (gray in color, center of picture) that needs to be reconstructed as part of the overall project. Credits: Joseph Passantino

BAYONNE, NJ – A rare full weekend of use of the Bayonne Bridge will be tempered by the expectation of a greater amount of traffic on it, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey officials announced this week.

Work related to the new Goethals Bridge has necessitated the full overnight closure of the current Goethals span on Friday, Oct. 7 to demolish and replace a railroad bridge which crosses over the lanes that lead to the bridge.

The resulting rerouting of traffic is expected to increase traffic on both the Bayonne and Outerbridge crossings for the three-day Columbus Day weekend and cause delays of at least 20 minutes to a half hour, said Roger Prince, the Port Authority’s Staten Island Bridges general manager.

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The new Goethals Bridge is being built to increase the number of lanes and capacity for motorists traveling between Elizabeth and Staten Island. The weekend work is part of that initiative.

The Travis Spur Rail Bridge crosses over the four lanes leading to and from the Goethals Bridge on the Staten Island side of the span. Its reconstruction is necessary to upgrade the roadway from four to six lanes.

The full Goethals closure is expected to last from 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 through 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Five sections of the existing Travis Spur Rail Bridge will be demolished during that time. They will be replaced by two prefabricated railroad bridge sections.

Travel will be diverted for the bulk of the holiday weekend, until about 3 p.m. on Monday.

Port Authority officials asked motorists to keep up to date about the work by calling 511, visiting the authority website or www.511nj.org, or through social media.

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