Thursday, January 28, 2010

NY-NJ Port to Unveil Clean-Air Plan

NY-NJ Port to Unveil Clean-Air Plan | Journal of Commerce: Rick Larrabee "said the port authority expects by the end of the year to decide on the best way to deal with the Bayonne Bridge, whose 151-foot vertical clearance poses an obstacle for ships calling at container terminals at Port Newark-Elizabeth and on Staten Island."

"In addition to studying proposals to raise the bridge or replace it with a new bridge or tunnel, the port authority is exploring whether the existing span could be modified more quickly and cheaply with installation of a lift device that would raise the bridge's roadway to allow ships to pass underneath."

"Larrabee said all options are being studied, and that the port authority sees the bridge as its top issue. "An air draft of 215 feet is our goal and we want to get there as soon as we can," he said"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Maher Terminal Overlooking the Bayonne Bridge

The Maher Terminal Overlooking the Bayonne Bridge: "the portainers of the Maher Terminal at the forefront and the APM Terminal (in blue) in the background underline the contradiction between modern terminal equipment and a bridge built close to 80 years ago. The indication, which is conveyed by the port community, is that the bridge 'needs a lift'."

Bayonne police receive funding for car radios, traffic safety education -

Bayonne police receive funding for car radios, traffic safety education - "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey provided a $33,000 grant to install 10 mobile radios into the Bayonne Police Department's radio cars, allowing police to communicate directly with Port Authority police and other agencies when patrolling the Bayonne Bridge."

Humor: Clearance Finally Improved at Bayonne Bridge

Clearance finally improved at Bayonne Bridge

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Molinaro, Bayonne Mayor Discuss Bridge

Molinaro, Bayonne mayor discuss bridge, bus | Staten Island Politics - "Borough President Jim Molinaro met with Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith at Borough Hall recently, with both men saying that the Bayonne Bridge needs to be raised in order to keep cargo traffic moving through the area."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Infrmal Poll on SI Bridge Safety

Which bridge is the most dangerous to drive across?: "In your opinion, which bridge is the most dangerous to drive across?"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mention of Bayonne Bridge in Canadian News

Expert: Don’t move container terminal - Nova Scotia News - "The port authorities in New York are even talking about raising the Bayonne Bridge (connecting Staten Island and New Jersey) to make sure they can compete with places like Halifax that can handle the big ships without such a massive undertaking...."  Link:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mayor Smith: No Preference on How s Height Problem Gets Solved

From "Bayonne mayor has no preference on how bridge's height problem gets solved"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Raise Bayonne Bridge, say Mayor Smith

Raise Bayonne Bridge, say Mayor Smith and Staten Island's borough president - "Bayonne Mayor Mark A. Smith and Staten Island's borough president agree that the Bayonne Bridge should be jacked up to allow sufficient clearance for new large container ships."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Travel Channel Show About Bridges

"Top Ten Bridges" - Zoom in for a closer look at the world's most unique, innovative, picturesque and technologically advanced bridges. Find out how these structures were designed and built, and how they fare in today's society."

Friday, January 15, 2010

Regional Leaders Pressing for Bayonne Bridge Solution

Sires, regional leaders pressing for Bayonne Bridge solution to protect jobs - "With the Bayonne Bridge too low to allow new super-sized cargo ships to reach Port Newark and Port Elizabeth, time is running out before the regional economy starts to suffer from lost shipping trade, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires said yesterday."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Baltimore, Ports America Finalize 50-Year Deal

Baltimore, Ports America Finalize 50-Year Deal | Journal of Commerce: "Baltimore port officials hope having 50-foot depth at the new berth will help the port attract calls by the larger ships that will transit the expanded canal. Norfolk also has 50 feet. New York-New Jersey is dredging its channels to 50 feet, but access to some of its terminals will remain limited by the vertical clearance under the Bayonne Bridge."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Review: The Irish Waterfront

All Along the Jersey Shore « The Irish Waterfront: "On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York by James T. Fisher (Cornell University Press)"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wave of Super-Sized Container Ships Set to Join Fleets...

From the January 11, 2010 Journal of Commerce: Shipping's Big Shadow discusses "the wave of super-sized container ships set to join fleets."

Friday, January 8, 2010

Does New Jersey have a business-friendly climate?

Political Exchange - "We’re aggressively pursuing a solution to the Bayonne Bridge problem that will allow the new wave of super tankers to service our ports and make Port Elizabeth/Newark the epicenter of the export/import business." Raymond Lesniak (D-Union)

Friday, January 1, 2010

NJTPA: Port Authority Seeks Bayonne Bridge Clearance Solutions

NJ Transportation Planning Authority Newsletter - December 2009: "“With an air draft of just 151 feet, the Bayonne Bridge is a roadblock to commerce as the ships get larger and larger,” Bass Levin Said."  The minutes from the 10/19/09 meeting are located here.