BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge’s Monday through Thursday overnight closures will begin an hour and a half earlier – at 7 p.m., rather than 8:30 p.m., beginning Monday, April 18, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has announced.

The Port Authority and contractor Skanska Koch/Kiewit Infrastructure have determined that the new closure schedule is necessary to ensure the Bayonne Bridge’s “Raise the Roadway” project is completed according to its current timetable. The initiative will elevate the span’s roadway 64 feet to allow taller ships to pass underneath.

The bridge’s schedule of daytime and overnight closures will otherwise remain the same. Except when announced differently, the Bayonne Bridge currently closes on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and overnight on Mondays through Thursdays until 5 a.m.

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The Bayonne Bridge will also continue to close at varying times on weekends.

The Goethals Bridge will continue to serve as a detour for vehicles when the Bayonne Bridge is closed.

The earlier weekday overnight closure will impact local bus riders. The new Monday through Thursday evening schedule will affect the S89 Limited Bus that departs at 7:40 p.m. from the 34th Street Light Rail Station in Bayonne for Morningstar Road/Walker Street in Staten Island. That bus, which normally takes the Bayonne Bridge, will instead detour to the Goethals Bridge. Buses that use the Bayonne Bridge closer to 7 p.m. will use the bridge without a detour. The Port Authority has coordinated with New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority on these changes.

Partial or full weekend closures will also continue, with advance announcements made by the Port Authority. The closures will be coordinated with other transportation agencies to minimize traffic impacts, the Port Authority said.

To receive real-time traffic updates, motorists should register for bridge alerts at paalerts.com/, call 511, or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org.