Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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."