Wednesday, August 24, 2016

60 Seconds with Michelle Brown, Choose New Jersey, Inc. "While completion of the $1.3 billion project to raise the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge from 150 to 215 feet to accommodate the largest vessels is scheduled for late 2017, there have been a series of infrastructure improvements at the Ports and beyond to ensure New Jersey will be ready for the super-containerships. For example, concurrent to the bridge raising project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Army Corps of Engineers have been working on a $1.6 billion harbor dredging project. The ExpressRail project at Port Newark will double its intermodal capacity to facilitate smooth sea/land connections; roads into and out of the Ports also has been expanded. Additionally, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has invested $2.3 billion on a widening project that is the largest ongoing roadway project in the Western Hemisphere. The project, which includes approximately 35 miles of road improvements to alleviate potential traffic from the Ports as well as points north and south, is nearing completion."