BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge will close tonight, Friday, May 20, from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21 for construction work on the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced.

Also called the “Raise the Roadway” project, the initiative will elevate the current roadway 64 feet, to 215 feet, to allow taller vessels to pass under the span.

When work is completed in mid-2019, the bridge will feature roadways with wider 12-foot lanes, a median divider and shoulders, and a broader, full-length walkway and bikeway.

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For the Memorial Day observance, the bridge is expected to remain open all weekend, from 5 a.m. Friday, May 27 through 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Port Authority will announce any changes to the schedule if they arise.

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