Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bridge closing Friday into Saturday but open for marathon Sunday

Hudson Reporter: "The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, through 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The bridge will remain open from that point until 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2."

Bridge, turnpike construction cause Bayonne traffic woes | Letter "I am writing about the construction going on for the raising of the Bayonne Bridge.  I live close to the bridge and haven't been bothered by the noise, thank goodness, but I have had rusty paint chips and dirt in my swimming pool.  I have been inconvenienced by the schedule of closings.  I understand that I just have to grin and bear that until 2019. "

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Long Beach port exec: ILWU doesn’t want labor strife repeat for 2019 contract talks "The focus next year will turn to the East and Gulf Coast ports, which are spending billions of dollars to deepen their harbors, increase the height of the Bayonne Bridge in New York and New Jersey and build larger, in some cases automated terminals — to get to the point where Los Angeles-Long Beach already is. "

Monday, October 26, 2015

Drunk driver enters closed construction area on Bayonne Bridge "Port Authority Police Officer Ed Benenati blocked the Honda's path with his marked Port Authority police vehicle to prevent access to the bridge toll plaza construction zone, police said."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Making your nightmare commute worse (commentary) "It's just not a good time for drivers and commuters. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is going to be undergoing various rehab projects that will last for the next 20 years. The Bayonne Bridge is being closed more and more often for a road-raising project that is going to last two years longer than we were initially told."

Friday, October 23, 2015

NY-NJ port authority signs off on GCT Bayonne ship-to-rail facility "GCT Bayonne is the only major terminal in the port that can handle ships too large for the Bayonne Bridge’s 151-foot vertical clearance. The port authority is spending $1.3 billion to raise the bridge, but the schedule for increasing the span’s clearance to 215 feet has been delayed till the end of 2017.

Cargo coming on and off ships at GCT Bayonne today is transported to or from its destination by truck, or is trucked to another ExpressRail facility in the port. The new Greenville Yards facility will allow containers to be transloaded from ship to rail. The facility will have an initial capacity of at least 125,000 container lifts a year."

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bayonne Bridge to close twice this weekend

Hudson Reporter:"The bridge will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The bridge will close again at 9 p.m. on Saturday and reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. "

What’s In A Name: Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge |

What’s In A Name: Eugenius Harvey OuterbridgeIn truth, the bridge is named after the same thing almost every bridge is named after: a famous person. It’s just that in this instance the famous person has a weirdly appropriate surname—Outerbridge, as in American businessman Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bayonne, NJ

MapQuest: "Bayonne (pronounced bay-OWN) is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Located in the Gateway Region, Bayonne is a peninsula that is situated between Newark Bay to the west, the Kill van Kull to the south, and New York Bay to the east. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 63,024.
Bayonne was originally formed as a township on April 1, 1861, from portions of Bergen Township. Bayonne was reincorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1869, replacing Bayonne Township, subject to the results of a referendum held nine days later.
The city lies at the heart of the Port of New York and New Jersey, east of Newark, the state's largest city, and west of Brooklyn. It shares a land border with Jersey City to the north and is connected to Staten Island by the Bayonne Bridge. While somewhat diminished, traditional manufacturing, distribution, and maritime activities remain important to the economy of the city."

Bloomberg Politics

Bloomberg Politics: "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is still recovering from the 2013 traffic-jam scandal that led to top-level resignations and investigations. It’s two years behind on raising the Bayonne Bridge, has no plans to replace its obsolete Manhattan bus terminal, and bills to overhaul its management structure have stalled."

Monday, October 19, 2015

Keeping their cool

NJBIZ: "So despite any fears about delays in the $1.3 billion raising of the Bayonne Bridge — a project that will allow larger ships to call on the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal — von Dohlen doesn't necessarily feel his business will be impacted."

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Update: Turning 84

tugster: a waterblog: "So let’s have a look at the construction project, one of two major infrastructure upgrades in greater NYC.  The photo below shows the New Jersey side of the project,  mirror image mostly for what’s happening on the New York side.  For scale, consider that the yellow horizontal structure–a gantry–is 500′ long."

Delayed bridge project in New Jersey could hamper shipments to other ports

Bunker Ports News Worldwide,In response to questions about the bridge delay, the Port Authority said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that it has discussed the issue with carriers and terminal operators and that “other East Coast ports will receive larger ships only after the Bayonne Bridge Roadway is raised.”

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bayonne Bridge to close this weekend for construction "According to the Port Authority, closures will take place from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19."

Twenty YEARS of Verrazano rehab? (commentary) "We will also continue to endure closures of the Bayonne Bridge as the roadway is raised in order to accommodate ever-larger container ships. The Port Authority recently announced that that project would drag on for two years longer than originally planned."

PortSide: 'Insect class' gunboat creates buzz

Business in Savannah News: "Currently, the deepest channels — at 50 feet — are in Virginia, Baltimore and Miami. New York/New Jersey is almost done with its deepening to 50 feet but now has to deal with the issue of the Bayonne Bridge, whose vertical clearance limits all but one of the port’s main terminals."

Residents living near Bayonne Bridge say they are fed up after project gets delayed 2 more years

Verizon FiOS1 News - New Jersey: "Many say noisy construction site brings issues for them all day, all night" [Video]

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Delayed Bayonne Bridge project could hamper other ports

WNYW: "Delays on a project to raise a bridge in New Jersey by 64 feet could lead to other East Coast ports losing out on larger cargo vessels expected to begin passing through a newly expanded Panama Canal next spring."

Public meeting on Bayonne Bridge construction delay to happen soon, council president says "City Council President Sharon Nadrowski told The Jersey Journal the meeting is expected to take place within the next few weeks but couldn't say at this point which Port Authority officials will be attending."

Monday, October 12, 2015

Panama Canal Administrator Expects New Locks to Open On Time

WSJ: "Norfolk, Va., Portsmouth, Va., Miami and Baltimore currently are the deepest U.S. East Coast ports, at around 50 feet. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has completed dredging New York Harbor to 50 feet and is spending $1.3 billion to raise the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge for taller vessels to go through. Savannah, Ga., is deepening its harbor to 47 feet from 42, and Charleston, S.C., to 52 feet from 45."

1 thing We Love About Morris County

The Reservoir Bridge(s): "There's the newer, bigger and taller $15 million bridge, opened in 2006 and named after Boonton native Othmar Hermann Ammann, best known for designing the George Washington, Verrazano-Narrows and Bayonne bridges."

While Bayonne Bridge delay causes problems for others, it won’t impact Port of Charleston

Post and Courier: "“While we regret the delay of the Bayonne Bridge project, it will not deter the continued deployment of large containerships to the East Coast,” said Jim Newsome, the SPA’s president and CEO."

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Editorial: Suddenly, a delay? That bridge we don't buy

NJBIZ: "We fully support the Bayonne Bridge project. What frustrates us is the way the process has been managed."

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bayonne Bridge to close from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday "The weekend closing was scheduled in conjunction with other regional agencies to minimize traffic impacts, the bi-state agency said. The Bayonne Bridge shuttle service will not operate this weekend."

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bayonne Bridge's raising falls victim to capital project 'creep' (editorial) "Most Staten Islanders probably haven't really seen much of the Bayonne Bridge rebuilding project, at least up-close. But those who have, especially those who use this little-known conduit between our borough and northern New Jersey and points north, know that it's a colossal undertaking."

The Difference Makers

John Alexander Low Waddell |: "In this series, we take a deeper look at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Difference Makers, the men and women who have been instrumental to the formation and continual success of our agency. In our second installment, we are focusing on John Alexander Low Waddell, a critical figure in the earliest days of the Port Authority’s existence."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Letter: Bayonne's mayor fails to stand up to Port Authority in bridge projecT


The Difference Makers 101

The Port Authority is Born |: " The matter of Port development is critical. It affects the housing problems; it affects the cost of living; it affects the cost of doing business within the Port of New York; business is leaving New York because of inadequate facilities, and rival ports are taking advantage of delays in the development of New York’s plans in order to strengthen their own position. —  Alfred Smith, 1920"

Skanska JV's NJ Bayonne Bridge project delayed 2 years

Construction Dive: "Although the project will not be complete until 2019, larger container ships, the Port Authority said, will be able to utilize the bridge’s increased navigational clearance in late 2017."

Late hours at DCs may be key to resolving NY-NJ port congestion "That is why, as the port prepares itself to handle even larger ships that will arrive following the expansion of the Panama Canal, the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, and completion of the port’s 50-foot deepening project, attention is turning to the region’s hundreds of distribution centers as a potential relief valve.  

“What we need to do in the future is find supply chain solutions, not just port solutions, John Nardi, president of the New York Shipping Association told the Port Industry Day. “If the warehouse isn’t opened the port gets blamed, so this is something we collectively need to work on.”"

Monday, October 5, 2015

America’s Top Container Ports

Turning limitations into assets led Port of New York and New Jersey authorities to recently deepen the port’s harbor to 50 feet and raise the Bayonne Bridge by 64 feet. Previously, the port’s infrastructure restricted larger container ships, admits Richard Larrabee, director of Port Commerce. The port is also benefiting from a $700 million investment in on-dock rail infrastructure, which streamlines the handling of the region’s key vehicle, plastic and wood pulp exports."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Port Authority Announces Revised Timeline for Bayonne Bridge Project

New Jersey Business Magazine: "Navigational clearance at the Bayonne Bridge for the world’s largest container ships under the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s ambitious “Raise the Roadway” project is now expected in late 2017, according to the agency’s revised timetable for the complex undertaking.  Project completion is expected in mid-2019, potentially resulting in an increase in total project costs of approximately 15 percent."

Bayonne Bridge delay: Can't anybody here play this game? (commentary) "The Bayonne is generally the most unsung of the four bridges that touch the Island. But it's a crucial link in that it gives North Shore residents in particular an option if the Outerbridge Crossing and the Goethals Bridge are jammed with traffic."

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bayonne Bridge closure for this weekend shortened to just tonight due to weather "The Bayonne Bridge closure for this weekend has been shortened to last only from Friday night to Saturday morning in anticipation of stormy weather, the Port Authority has announced.

The bridge was previously scheduled to close from 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. on Monday; it is now scheduled to close from 11:59 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, the bi-state agency said."

Bayonne Bridge to close from 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Monday "The weekend closure was scheduled in conjunction with other regional agencies to minimize traffic impacts, the bi-state agency said, adding that the Bayonne Bridge shuttle service will not operate this weekend."

Connect With The Port Authority

Navigation Clearance Project - Bayonne Bridge - The Port Authority of NY & NJ: "If you have any questions related to the Bayonne Bridge project, please send us an email at or call 855-265-5482."

Bayonne Bridge construction set back by two years, Port Authority announces "Construction on the Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" project has been set back by two years and won't be completed until mid-2019, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced today."

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bayonne Bridge Update - 9/29/2015

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has provided new information to the City of Bayonne about the Bayonne Bridge construction project."