Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bayonne Bridge open this weekend; closures resume next week "After a week of being open around-the-clock, the Bayonne Bridge will resume closures for construction starting Monday, Nov. 28."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bayonne Briefs

Hudson Reporter: "The two-lane roadway just completed is intended as the northbound road, but the PANYNJ said one of the lanes will allow for southbound traffic while two additional lanes are installed. The road is expected to be open to motorists by the second quarter of 2017. The old road underneath is due to be removed in 2017, allowing more navigational clearance, while a two-lane southbound roadway is due for completion in 2019. The completion date was postponed in 2015 due to inclement weather in the winters of 2014 and 2015 as well as unanticipated repairs and modifications to the bridge."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bayonne Bridge travelers get break from closures next week "On Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22 the bridge will close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. It will then remain open through the Thanksgiving holiday week, and will close again at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28. "

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Saturday

WOPULAR: "The Bayonne Bridge is scheduled to close on Friday, Nov. 18, and remain closed until the morning of Saturday, Nov. 19."

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Blog Achieves 100,000 Hits

I have run this blog since 2009 when it was obvious that the bridge was going to be redesigned or rebuilt. I live about 1/2 block away from the base of the bridge, so I started this blog to record and track its progress and development as a service to the neighborhood and region.  Today we hit over 100,000 hits/visits. Thank you!

I will continue to update the blog until the project is completed (and maybe thereafter). Until then, I thank you again for visiting the site and hope you have the opportunity to travel over this historical arch now, or at some point, in the future.

See you at 200,000 hits!

Bayonne Bridgeman

Bayonne Bridge travelers get break from closures next week "The Bayonne Bridge will stay open for the majority of next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Port Authority officials announced. The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. tonight through 8 a.m. Saturday to accommodate construction on the "Raise the Roadway" project, which will elevate the span to 215 feet above the water.  On Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22 the bridge will close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. It will then remain open through the Thanksgiving holiday week, and will close again at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28. "

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Major Carrier Acquires NY-NJ Terminal Share

Port Technology International: "The Maher terminal is the largest at the Port of New York and New Jersey, and following the completion of the Bayonne Bridge project, it will be ‘mega-ship ready’, able to handle 14,000 TEU capacity container ships."

At Sea With New York Harbor’s Channel Masters

The New York Times: "If the water in the harbor were to evaporate, you would see a series of trenches snaking from the Atlantic into the Hudson and around Staten Island into Newark Bay. For more than a decade, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Army Corps of Engineers have been digging a 50-foot-deep channel to accommodate a new generation of supersize ships traveling to New York from an expanded Panama Canal. As part of the project, the Bayonne Bridge is being raised, and once all of the work is completed, ships more than four football fields long, carrying as many as 9,000 40-foot containers, will be able to reach marine terminals in New Jersey."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Officials Unveil Bayonne Bridge's Elevated Roadway

ABC News: "The new roadway will also have wider lanes and a median, and will be the first Port Authority bridge to use cashless tolls, said Cedrick Fulton, the agency's head of bridges, tunnels and terminals."

Watch: Bayonne Bridge celebrates progress on 85th anniversary "It's typical on an anniversary to reflect on how far you've come in the years you've spent together. 

And the Bayonne Bridge, which spans the Kill Van Kull to link Bayonne, N.J., and Port Richmond, has come a long way in the 85 years since it opened to traffic Nov. 15, 1931. The bridge is currently in the middle of its $1.3 billion "Raise the Roadway" construction project, which began in 2013.

On Tuesday, as the bridge celebrated its special day, the Port Authority made a special announcement of its own regarding its progress with the project: The installation of a new, elevated roadway that stands 215 feet above mean high water over the Kill Van Kull and 64 feet higher than the existing roadway. The additional air draft will allow the Port of New York and New Jersey to welcome larger and more efficient vessels.

Media was invited Tuesday to walk over the new roadway, which will initially open with two 12-foot lanes of traffic, one in each direction."

Bayonne Bridge construction constant burden for neighbors

News 12 New Jersey: "Port Authority officials unveiled Tuesday the elevated roadway that was built as part of the Bayonne Bridge expansion project. But Bayonne residents who live near the bridge say that the years-long project has been burdensome in their daily lives."

Bayonne Bridge's first elevated roadway installed "In a new milestone, the elevated roadway that will eventually serve as the northbound side of the Bayonne Bridge has essentially been completed, the Port Authority announced."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sneak peek at new Bayonne Bridge roadway

WNYW: "FOX 5 News was given an early preview of the raised roadway of the Bayonne Bridge on Tuesday, the same day as the span's 85th birthday."

A Look Back at the Bayonne Bridge "A Look Back at the Bayonne Bridge"

Monday, November 14, 2016

Bayonne New Jersey Pictures, Images and Stock Photos

iStock: "Bayonne New Jersey Pictures, Images and Stock Photos"

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Closure Schedule Change

Port Authority of NY & NJ - Alerts & Advisories: Closed Friday, November 11, 9 p.m. around-the-clock until 10 p.m. Saturday, November 12.  The original schedule had the bridge closed all wekend.

Workboats confront the post-Panamax era

WorkBoat: "At the west end of the Kill Van Kull, one more step in the port’s adaptation is taking shape: a $1.3 billion rebuilding of the Bayonne Bridge to raise its vertical clearance to 215′ from 151′, to accommodate the air draft of new ships being built to reach the U.S. East Coast through the widened Panama Canal. After delays, the bridge is now expected to be ready by the end of 2017."

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

PressReleasePoint: "The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, November 11, through 7 p.m. Sunday, November 13 to accommodate construction on the “Raise the Roadway” project."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Six Bridges : The Legacy of Othmar H. Ammann: Darl Rastorfer Othmar Ammann's name may be unfamiliar, but the six magnificent New York City bridges he created are known to all: George Washington, Bayonne, Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, and Verrazano-Narrows. Ammann's long-span bridges came to define an epoch and shape the modern New York metropolis. This book is the first to examine the genius of Ammann and the special group of bridges he designed and engineered as part of the New York region's interstate highway system. With more than 200 archival photographs, the book vividly displays the physical transformation of New York, the development of long-span suspension structures, the construction process of each bridge, and the spectacular completed bridges. Widely considered the greatest American bridge designer of the twentieth century, Swiss-born Ammann (1879-1965) gained experience designing railroad bridges in Pennsylvania before beginning his work in New York City. This book considers the artistic, scientific, and technical achievements embodied in the six major bridges Ammann produced between 1925 and 1964, as well as the bridges' impact on the city. The book features an illustrated and annotated list of all Ammann's built and unbuilt projects and a glossary of technical terms.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Prospects for a New Container Terminal at Halifax"Prior to the opening of the enlarged Panama Canal to transit neo-Panamax size ships of 13,000 TEUs, several North American East Coast ports undertook programs to modify their berths and terminals for the larger container ships. At Newark, the Bayonne Bridge was raised to transit the larger ships at high tide, while the port was dredged to accommodate deeper draft vessels. At Halifax, the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge was raised to 50 meters above sea level to transit larger vessels that could sail into Bedford Basin. Work is underway at Saint John, New Brunswick, to serve neo-Panamax ships."

Friday, November 4, 2016

N.S. should support port of Halifax over container facilities in Canso, Sydney: study

CTV Atlantic News: "The study raises a number of red flags for the Port of Halifax's future, saying that the shipping industry may be about to go through a period of consolidation and Halifax is considered a "discretionary" harbour in comparison to competitors along the U.S. northeastern coast and Montreal. The raising of the Bayonne Bridge in New York will increase the harbour's ability to admit large ships and "this will likely erode some of the Port of Halifax's business as it will no longer have the same advantage over New York/New Jersey for accommodating ships over 8,000 TEUs," it says. The lack of a large local market also creates headwinds for the success of Halifax, as ships tend to prefer to unload at larger centers where they can increase profits by offloading close to the final destination, says the report."

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Saturday "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Saturday at 8 a.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project.

The bridge will remain open until Monday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m."

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Nightmare Before Christmas

AJOT.COM: " In the PANYNJ a recent Hanjin vessel scheduled to call at a terminal in Newark Bay had to be diverted to Global Marine Terminal, Bayonne. You see there was no export cargo going out on this ship so she rode higher in the water. In fact, too high to make it back under the Bayonne Bridge. Can you imagine what a nightmare this caused for containers scheduled to be mounted on wheels in one terminal and now diverted to another?"

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NY-NJ port takes aim at congestion, Midwest market via rail "The port authority last month completed the dredging of its main channels to 50 feet. A $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge’s 151-foot vertical clearance to 215 feet is scheduled for completion at the end of 2017. The bridge raising will allow larger ships to reach all of the port’s four main container terminals instead of only Global, which lies outside the bridge."