Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bayonne Bridge update: Span will reopen Sunday morning

SILive.com: "The Port Authority has updated the closure schedule for the Bayonne Bridge this weekend. Originally scheduled to be closed from Friday night until Monday morning, the bridge will now reopen Sunday at 8 a.m. "

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Monday

SILive.com: "To accommodate "Raise the Roadway" construction and minimize traffic, the bridge will close at 9 p.m. Friday and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday."

Port Authority: 95th Anniversary of the Port Compact of 1921

Port Authority|: "As far back as the 19th century, New York and New Jersey squabbled over the jurisdictional rights of the Hudson River, once even drawing an imaginary line down the middle of the river, which didn’t really help matters along.  The rivalry only got worse during World War I when congestion in New York Harbor became unmanageable."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Don't miss the boat on shipping

Baltimore Sun: "Even before the Post-Panamax ships come calling, many of our ports already suffer from severe congestion, which slows down shipping and increases costs for consumers. For example, while the Port of Baltimore has the appropriate depth, a critical nearby rail tunnel is more than 140 years old. That Civil War-era tunnel is not tall enough to allow for trains double-stacked with containers to pass through, creating a cargo bottle neck. In New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is raising the height of the Bayonne Bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet to accommodate larger ships that need to enter the port."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Port Authority is Spending $1.3B to Raise the Bayonne Bridge 64 Feet. Why?

Jersey Digs: "Why exactly are we investing so heavily in raising the bridge? Well, according to New York YIMBY, who published a great piece detailing the project, it’s the direct result of another mega-project 2,200 miles away. Finishing up later this year, the Panama Canal locks have undergone an expansion to accommodate new, larger container ships. As a result, the ports in the NYC area need to be able to service these ships. Currently, the Bayonne Bridge would prevent these new ships from reaching the Ports of Newark, Elizabeth and Staten Island’s Howland Hook."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

How Should Astoria Celebrate the Hell Gate Bridge's 100th Anniversary?

DNAinfo.com New York: "Community leaders are planning a centennial for the hulking red span, which connects Queens and the Bronx by way of the East River, and will hold a public meeting in Astoria Tuesday to solicit ideas on how it should celebrate the milestone."

WATCH: Time-Lapse Video Shows Cranes Working On Bayonne...

WATCH: Time-Lapse Video Shows Cranes Working On Bayonne...: "The project marks the first time engineers are building a bridge roadway above the original span, even as the lower road continues to carry traffic,” a Port Authority blog post states. “It will maintain the steel arch that makes the Bayonne Bridge a civil engineering landmark, while giving drivers a safer, wider and more modern roadway with 12-foot lanes, new shoulders, a median divider, and a 12-foot bike and pedestrian walkway"

Raising the Road on America’s Largest Suspended Arch Bridge

New York YIMBY: "In general, new construction reflects local real estate demand and community needs. But given New York’s position as a global economic hub, it is not surprising that one of the city’s largest engineering efforts is a direct response to a megaproject 2,200 miles away. The suspended roadbed of the 84-year-old Bayonne Bridge, which spans the Kill Van Kull strait between Staten Island and Bayonne, N.J., is too low for passage of the latest, giant container ships built to traverse the expanded Panama Canal locks."

Friday, April 22, 2016

Push to expand capacity of jam-packed Outerbridge Crossing

SILive.com: "Borelli gave the Port Authority credit for its projects to raise the Bayonne Bridge and rebuild the Goethals, but knowing how long of a process it is to complete the Environmental Impact Statement process and everything in between before construction can begin, he hopes the agency will get started soon."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bayonne Bridge will remain open this weekend for Passover observance

NJ.com: "The Bayonne Bridge will remain open from 5 a.m. tomorrow through 9 a.m. Monday for the observance of Passover, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey."