Chris Christie and New York Gov. That will lead to an environmental impact study and preliminary design for a replacement bridge, both of which are funded in the capital budget. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? All rights reserved (About Us). The Board is expected to award a 40-year design-build-finance-maintain contract as part of a $1.5 billion public-private partnership to build a new Goethals Bridge to replace the existing structure. I want to thank the Port Authority for hearing our calls for help, and acting swiftly to address such an important issue for so many Staten Islanders.". Subscribe to NJ.com’s newsletters. Assemblyman Ron … Once the new bridge is completed, crews will remove the current span. The Outerbridge will join the Bayonne Bridge on April 24, its first day of cashless operations. Outerbridge Crossing To Be Closed Overnights Through OctoberPavement replacement work is set to begin on the Outerbridge beginning Tuesday night. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). The others are the Bayonne Bridge (also carrying Route 440), which connects Staten Island with Bayonne, and the Goethals Bridge (carrying Interstate 278 (I-278), which connects the island with Elizabeth). It has served us well for nearly 100 years, but as Staten Island and New Jersey drivers can attest, its time has come," said Borelli. The Port Authority has taken the first steps in replacing the Outerbridge Crossing. Drivers with an E-ZPass tag will see no change when they drive under an overhead gantry at the posted speed limit. In 2003, workers completed a three-year, $71 million project to rehabilitate the Outerbridge Crossing. 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); NJ Spotlight exists in part thanks to generous foundation support, including our founding funders the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the William Penn Foundation -- as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Fund for New Jersey, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and the Nicholson Foundation. & Sun. Outerbridge Crossing; Outerbridge Crossing. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). (Staten Island Advance/ Bill Lyons). Replacement of the pavement is intended to avoid the potential for costly emergency repairs, which could lead to unplanned closures and negative impacts on the traveling public. We look forward to hearing more about the timeline and the environmental reviews,” said Council Member Joseph Borelli, Minority Whip. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. The agency will perform a "comprehensive condition assessment and asset management study" on the bridge, as well as a "long term demand forecast" for Staten Island bridges, factoring in the increased capacity on the Goethals Bridge. The Board also is expected to award a contract as part of a $1.29 billion program to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge. Work crews repaired portions of the bridge's deck, replaced some of its steel and applied a fresh coat of asphalt pavement. The Outerbridge Crossing has undergone numerous repairs as a result of the high volume of traffic that crosses the bridge each day. The tollbooths were dismantled, and drivers are no longer able to pay cash at the bridge. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. E-ZPass. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to the Goethals or Bayonne bridges during the closure. The project will ensure the port maintains its position as the largest port on the East Coast and third largest in the country. [13], Open road tolling began on April 24, 2019. The plan already funds ongoing construction at the Bayonne and Goethals bridges. The program includes three of the bi-state agency’s bridges that link New York and New Jersey, with two of the three being substantial, large-scale projects that include building a new bridge to replace the current span and raising the roadway of an existing bridge. In 2003, the Port Authority raised the speed limit for the three inner E-ZPass lanes at the toll plaza from 15 to 25 miles per hour (25 to 40 km/h), separating these lanes from the rest of the eight-lane toll plaza by a barrier. Resurfacing the Outerbridge Crossing Also on the agenda for the Port Authority Board of Commissioners to consider is a contract award to resurface the Outerbridge Crossing. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, List of bridges documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in New Jersey, List of bridges documented by the Historic American Engineering Record in New York (state), "Facts & Info - Outerbridge Crossing - The Port Authority of NY & NJ", "E. H. Outerbridge, Port Expert, Dies.