Tuesday, June 27, 2017

East Coast Port Expansion Will Alter U.S. Trucking Routes

Trucks.com: "Most U.S. ports are still deepening their channels and upgrading their infrastructure to accommodate these vessels. New Jersey, New York, Baltimore and Norfolk, Va., have increased their channel depths to 50 feet and created more berthing space. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also recently finished raising the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge to allow access to the Port Newark Terminal."

Port of Halifax to welcome its biggest ship yet

CTV Atlantic News: "Meanwhile, the ongoing raising of the Bayonne Bridge in New York is expected to be ready for larger vessel navigation later this month, he said."

Demolition stopped at Bayonne Bridge due to falling debris

WNYW: "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that on Monday morning a large chunk of concrete fell off the bridge and damaged three cars below. On the span's Staten Island side, residents say debris falling off the bridge has gotten worse with the recent construction."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Street closures during Bayonne Bridge work

NJ.com: "Margaret Street will remain closed until 2019, a portion of Fourth Street and Juliette Street will be closed until December, and Gertrude Street will be closed until July."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bayonne Bridge re-opened for rest of weekend

SILive.com: "The Bayonne Bridge has been re-opened for the rest of the weekend after it was previously scheduled to close for construction, according to the Port Authority's website.

The Bayonne was scheduled to close Friday night, June 23, through the weekend, and reopen Monday morning, June 26.

But due to a forecast of inclement weather, the "Raise the Roadway" construction schedule was revised; commuters were allowed back onto the bridge as of 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24."

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Bayonne Bridge will be closed this weekend.

The Port Authority of NY & NJ: "The Bayonne Bridge will be closed this weekend – from 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 23, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 26 – to accommodate ongoing construction work on the crossing."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Steel Rope, Making History in Lower Manhattan |

PANYNJ: "Next year, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian-New York — located in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan — will help students learn about these technological achievements, with a little help from the Port Authority. The agency recently donated to the museum a five-foot length of steel suspender rope from the Bayonne Bridge, one of the 152 original steel ropes that held up its 9,800-ton roadway for 85 years.

Made of more than 200 tightly wrapped steel wires, the suspender rope was removed as part of the Port Authority’s “Raise the Roadway” project, which will permit ultra-large container ships to navigate the Kill van Kull."

NJ Specialty Food Companies Headed to Summer Fancy Food Show

Total Food Service: "The Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast and the third largest port in North America, makes it easy for food companies to import and export products and reach customers around the world. A $1.3 billion project to raise the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge will be completed this summer, creating even more opportunities for food companies that want to expand their operations into the Asian market. The project will push the bridge’s clearance from 150 to 215 feet to accommodate the largest neo-Panamax ships that can now transverse the Panama Canal. Plus, with more than 9,000 farms and thousands of suppliers and retailers, food companies can access the partners and customers they need to flourish. "

EARTHCAM Timelapse of Bayonne Bridge

InfrastructureUSA: Citizen Dialogue About Civil Infrastructure (Video): "Progress on the Port Authority’s Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project as of May 2017. Watch the iconic bridge gain a new roadway deck, 215 feet above mean high water – and watch as workers begin to remove the lower deck. The original roadway’s removal will allow navigational clearance for the new generation of larger, more efficient and environmentally beneficial container vessels."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bayshore Concrete has come a long way since building of Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Pilotonline.com: "Bayshore is also providing girders for the arrival and departure levels for the redeveloped Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York City and the segmental substructure and superstructure for the Bayonne Bridge which connects Bayonne, N.J., to Staten Island, N.Y."

Bayonne Bridge Update

TAPinto: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and will reopen by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 26."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GOP mayoral candidate Paul Massey reveals plan for transit fixes

NY Daily News: "A spokeswoman for Massey later said that running PATH over the Bayonne would require “a new infrastructure.” Another option, she said, would be to use an existing freight right of way that runs through Bayonne, though there is no existing freight rail connection directly between Bayonne and Staten Island."

New Bayonne Clearance Certified

PaintSquare News: "The U.S. Coast Guard has certified the clearance of the newly raised Bayonne Bridge, marking a new milestone for the “Raise the Roadway” project on the span, between New Jersey and Staten Island.

The bridge’s new navigational clearance of 215 feet, 64 higher than the span’s previous clearance, was certified June 8, meaning so-called “New Panamax” ships can now pass beneath it."

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Logistically Minded: US manufacturing is in decline — fact or fiction?

Supply Chain Dive: "In the short-term, greater volumes and larger ships have led a wide number of ports to raise bridges and deepen their waters to make room. In fact, the first 10,000 TEU-plus ship is scheduled to pass under the recently-raised Bayonne Bridge to the Port of New York and New Jersey, JOC.com reports. Further south, ports have been recording record volumes due to the completion of their dredging projects."

Featured Project: Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program (BBNCP) Construction Management

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.: "The project involves building a new roadway 64 feet above the existing road. The new roadway includes two 30-foot-9-inch roadways with two 12-foot lanes each, a median divider, and 4-foot-9-inch shoulders. There is also a new bikeway and walkway being constructed along the entire length of the bridge, with access ramps to replace stairs."

Friday, June 16, 2017

First Panamax ship travels under Bayonne Bridge

Hudson Reporter: "The Raise the Roadway project that began in May of 2013 has progressed to the point where a Neo Panamax cargo ship could pass underneath the Bayonne Bridge for the first time. It happened on Thursday, June 8. Neo-Panamax ships were already reaching GVT Bayonne on the eastern shore, but now can access a lot more. "

To advance Trump's infrastructure program, red tape has to go

Chicago Tribune: "Individual steps have also gotten steeper. Environmental impact statements originally required only about 10 pages. Today, they often run 300. One for the Bayonne Bridge in New York City, which was a mere refurbishment of an old asset, filled 10,000 pages. Lawsuits are used by opponents both for delay and for leverage."

Another Voice: Raising of the Bayonne Bridge could benefit WNY

The Buffalo News: "As a relief valve for the Port of New York and New Jersey, there is the potential to bring containers headed to the Midwest, Southern Ontario or Toronto here directly from dockside at the port and distribute them from Western New York."

Ocean Alliance Calls APM Terminals Port Elizabeth

Marine Link: "Larger ship calls to the Port of New York/New Jersey’s Newark Bay terminals have been made possible by the raising of the Bayonne Bridge on the channel into Newark Bay.
 
The roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge, linking New Jersey with Staten Island, and originally completed in 1932, has now been raised to a height of 215 feet (65.5 meters), 64 feet (19.5 meters) above the bridge’s original 151 foot (46 meter) vessel passage clearance."

Infographic: APM Terminals Port Elizabeth

Port Technology International: "Larger ship calls to the Port of NY-NJ’s Newark Bay terminals have been made possible by the raising of the Bayonne Bridge on the channel into Newark Bay.

The roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge, linking New Jersey with Staten Island, and originally completed in 1932, has now been raised to a height of 215 feet (65.5 meters), 64 feet (19.5 meters) above the bridge’s original 151 foot (46 meter) vessel passage clearance. This will permit ships of up to 18,000 TEU to enter Newark Bay, including the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth terminal, as of June 30, 2017."

To Cure Commuting Woes, Staten Island Considers a Light Rail to Bayonne

Jersey Digs: "New York State lawmakers convinced the MTA to spend $4 million to study a proposed Light Rail between Staten Island and New Jersey. Called the West Shore Light Rail and conceived over 10 years ago, it would run the 13 miles between Richmond Valley and Elm Park on Staten Island and then connect to New Jersey over the Bayonne Bridge."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Christie, Degnan Kick Off Terminal A Modernization at Newark Airport

NJ Spotlight: "The governor pitched this airport renovation as part of a total makeover of the region’s transportation system. The new Goethals Bridge, the new Bayonne Bridge, the Gateway Tunnel Project, a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, and LaGuardia Airport renovations are all part of this new vision."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Planning agency supports two Cape Fear Crossing routes

WilmingtonBiz: "The height requested in the resolution mirrors another project on the East Coast: The Bayonne Bridge, which crosses the Kill Van Kull, connecting Bayonne, New Jersey, with Staten Island, New York. The project, called “Raise the Roadway,” is raising the existing roadway to a height of 215 feet for navigational clearance of new generation containerships traveling to some of the largest ports on the nation’s East Coast, according to the project website."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bridge 'unbuilding' clears the way for neo-Panamax containerships in NJ

WorkBoat: "The higher vertical clearance will let containerships built for the widened Panama Canal clear the waterway between Bayonne, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y.  Local pilots and tugboat companies have been preparing for the new ships with training and ordering bigger, more powerful tugboats."

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Goodbye narrow lanes! New Goethals Bridge debuts

NJ.com: "The first few cars crossed the bridge shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday with drivers giving workers a thumbs up, honking their horns and waving out their windows. "

All bridges to Jersey clogged with traffic Saturday

SILive.com: "Both the New Jersey bound Bayonne and Outerbridge Crossing bridges were backed up for miles on Saturday afternoon due to the 89-year-old original Goethals Bridge closure on Friday."

Historic moment: New span of Goethals Bridge now open

SILive.com: "Meanwhile, the Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing were clogged with traffic on Saturday morning and afternoon, likely due to the original Goethals Bridge closing on Friday."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Editorial: A new bridge to Jersey

NorthJersey.com: "While a new Hudson River rail tunnel is likely closer to two decades away from being a reality, New York is building a new Tappan Zee Bridge, opened a new Kosciuszko Bridge in April, and with New Jersey, through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, raised the Bayonne Bridge and now, constructed a new Goethals."


Rail Insider-Intermodal stakeholders gauge impacts of the Panama Canal expansion. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Progressive Railroading Magazine: "After the Bayonne Bridge project is completed, shipping companies may opt to deploy even larger vessels along North American East Coast trade lanes, says Farguson. That could lead to more traffic for other ports in the region since ships typically call on more than one port during their journey."

Skanska USA completes $119M FL bridge | Construction Dive

Construction Dive: "A Skanska Koch/Kiewit joint venture has also seen success recently with the "Raise the Roadway" portion of a $1.6 billion overhaul of the Bayonne Bridge connecting Bayonne, NJ, and Staten Island, NY. The project is six months ahead of revised estimates after a delay, with construction crews completing the bridge's new elevation in February. The joint venture is currently working to dismantle the old bridge and expects to be complete next month. After work is finished, the bridge will be able to accommodate much larger ships, giving post-Panamax ships access to the Port of New York and New Jersey, one of the largest container terminals in the region."

The Old Goethals: Taking a Drive Down Memory Lane |

PANYNJ: "Tonight, traffic will come to a stop on the 89-year-old Goethals Bridge connecting Staten Island and Elizabeth. The 7,100-foot bridge is giving way to a new Goethals directly adjacent to it, and the old structure awaits demolition.

While it’s the end of one era and the start of another for the region’s network of bridges, the old Goethals leaves a rich legacy. Here’s a list of the nine things every Goethals aficionado ought to know about the historic span."

Greater Navigational Clearance Brings World’s Largest Vessels, Regional Economic Growth

Port Authority of NY & NJ: "The U.S. Coast Guard certified the bridge’s new navigational clearance at 215 feet – equivalent to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge – allowing vessels up to 18,000 TEUs to travel underneath it to port terminals. The Bayonne Bridge’s lower roadway removal was completed seven months ahead of a revised year-end schedule to increase clearance capacity from 151 feet and the maximum vessel size from 9,800 TEUs."

Shipping group: The region's port is the fuel for N.J.'s economic engine

NJ.com: "This impact will only continue to grow as projects funded by nearly $2.2 billion in capital spending come to fruition and the long-awaited $1.2 billion raising of the Bayonne Bridge is completed."

Get the shovels in the ground

maysville-online.com: " Five years and 20,000 pages of environmental assessments and permitting and regulatory materials were consumed before beginning to raise the roadway on New Jersey's Bayonne Bridge, a project with, as Howard says, "virtually no environmental impact (it uses existing foundations and right-of-way)."

Bayonne Bridge project completed months ahead of predicted date

News 12 Video: "The $1.3 billion project that began in 2013 raised the span’s deck 64 feet in order to allow larger ships to port in the region."

Bayonne Bridge's ships can finally come in

Crain's New York Business: "Large cargo ships have been crossing the world’s oceans for years but until this week couldn’t get past the Bayonne Bridge to reach Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. That changed Thursday.

The long-awaited removal of the bridge’s lower roadway was completed, giving ships 64 more feet of clearance underneath. Cars now cross a new, higher roadway."

Friday, June 9, 2017

Opinions differ on Panama Canal expansion

Fleet Owner: "Bingham noted there has not been the immediate “enormous swing of cargo” that some had predicted. He also suggested some ocean liners may be holding off on fully utilizing the expanded Panama Canal until the Bayonne Bridge construction project is completed."

It's done! New Goethals Bridge opens this weekend. Here are the details

NJ.com: "Port Authority officials will keep the Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing open through the weekend to provide alternate routes between Staten Island and New Jersey."

Monday, June 5, 2017

Port Authority: Lane closures scheduled for Bayonne Bridge

NJ.com: "The bridge will be closed overnight this week starting tonight through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m."

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Hoboken Fire Department readies for waterfront concerns Marine division to join new task force

Hudson Reporter: "Now that the Bayonne Bridge is lifted we will be seeing a lot more and larger container vessels in the next couple of months,” said Crimmins. “With that you get increased traffic, potential for more debris in the river, possible oil spills, or blockage of the Hudson River. We don’t expect any of this to ever happen, but through this training and work with the task force we are prepared to handle any number of these situations. We are interested in keeping the water as safe as possible."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lyndon LaRouche Calls for Committee On Manhattan Infrastructure

Executive Intelligence Review: "The Belt and Road is all about connectivity. Now that the Bayonne Bridge is going to be elevated, large freight container vessels will be able to get into the New Jersey ports of Elizabeth and Newark. What are the implications for trade? Not much if our rail system is in a shambles."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Port of NY/NJ posts record volumes in April

American Shipper: "   The port said its share of total U.S. containerized cargo slipped to 14.8 percent in the first four months of 2017, compared with 15.5 percent in the first four months of 2016. But it may have a chance to gain market share once again with larger ships now able to call container terminals in Newark and Elizabeth New Jersey and Staten Island because of the removal of the lower deck of the Bayonne Bridge."

MTA commits $4M for West Shore light rail

SILive.com: "The MTA's "alternate analysis" of the light rail would look at the 13-mile route along the West Shore from Richmond Valley to Elm Park, carrying Staten Island commuters over the Bayonne Bridge to connect with New Jersey Transit's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel lane closures scheduled next week: Port Authority

NJ.com: "From Tuesday, May 30, through Thursday, June 1, the bridge will close from 7 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following morning. On certain weekdays the bridge will open at 4:30 a.m. to provide an alternate route for drivers affected by traffic holds on the Goethals Bridge. These closures are necessary to accommodate construction on the "Raise the Roadway" project, the Port Authority said."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

FL officials approve $437M expansion of Port Everglades

Construction Dive: "Ports across the U.S. have either made or are in the process of making the changes necessary to support the larger post-Panamax ships. The Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey is underway with a $1.6 billion renovation and should be able to accommodate the bigger vessels in July, giving them access to the nearby port, which has some of the largest container terminals in the region. Crews raised the bridge, increasing clearance from 151 feet to 215 feet."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7 things you need to know before Memorial Day weekend

NorthJersey.com: "Port Authority officials have estimated about 3.4 million travelers overall would use the bridges and tunnels for commute. Construction on bridges such as the George Washington Bridge will be suspended during the holiday weekend. The Bayonne Bridge, which has undergone work recently, will also be open from Friday until Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Urban Coast Institute to Research Sediment Contamination in New York Harbor Channels

AHHerald.com: "This project will provide the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other harbor stakeholders the scientific information they need to plan future dredge projects in a manner that fully considers the health of marine environments,” said UCI Director Tony MacDonald, the project’s administrator. “With the Panama Canal expansion complete and the Bayonne Bridge being raised, New York and New Jersey can expect to see far larger vessels at their marine terminals. The maintenance of our navigation channels will be more important than ever to safely accommodate these megaships and ensure our ports remain economically competitive."

WATCH: Old Bayonne Bridge dismantled in under 2 minutes

NJ.com: "A time-lapse video provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows the entire dismantling process of the nearly 100-year-old Bayonne Bridge in under 2 minutes."

Unbuilding the Bayonne Bridge

PANYNJ: "With the Port Authority’s close supervision and the dedication of scores of demolition workers and engineers, the removal of the Bayonne Bridge’s original span is happening at record speed. The old bridge took 38 months to build, and carried traffic for 85 years . The dismantling of the old roadway will take four months. In fact, the disassembly should be done six months ahead of schedule."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dawn of the Neopanamax era

postandcourier.com: "The SPA, however, isn’t alone in its ambitions. Other East Coast ports are rushing dredging and expansion projects to get a jump on the competition. The Virginia Ports Authority is pouring money into its operations, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is working to raise the Bayonne Bridge to enable Neopanamax ships to pass under it."

'The bum from Bayonne' Chuck Wepner puts the Peninsula City on the big screen

NJ.com: "Although the picture wasn't filmed there, there were plenty of references to the peninsula city. The movie opened up to rousing applause when the iconic Bayonne Bridge appeared in the opening sequence."

Port Authority PD conducts rescue drills at Bayonne Bridge

SILive.com: "On Tuesday, the PAPD ESU and Bayonne Fire Department Rescue performed an extrication of a trapped worker pinned under a skid container, according to PAPD spokesman Joe Pentangelo.  On Thursday, PAPD ESU, NYPD ESU, and FDNY Rescue 5 lowered rescuers and equipment from the upper roadway level to the old roadway to aid a victim who was trapped with life threatening injuries when a steel plate broke free from a crane and pinned a worker's lower extremities, Pentangelo said."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lane closures scheduled next week for Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel

NJ.com: "The Bayonne Bridge will be closed overnight on Monday, May 15, to Thursday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The bridge will open at 4:30 a.m. on certain weekdays to provide an alternate route for drivers affected by traffic holds on the Goethals Bridge, the Port Authority said."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Saturday

Staten Island Advance: "The Bayonne Bridge is scheduled to close Friday night, May 12, but will re-open Saturday morning, May 13."

Open thread: Which NYC transportation proposal do you love (or hate) the most?

Curbed NY: "Staten Island’s Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is hoping to convince the masses that the borough is in need of an aerial tram that runs parallel to the Bayonne Bridge, connecting to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, where commuters would then connect to a PATH train to Manhattan."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Philadelphia port sees growth in cargo imports

Philly.com: "The nation’s largest port for container handling is Los Angeles-Long Beach, in California, followed by the Port of New York which is expected to see accelerated growth later this year when the Bayonne Bridge raising project is completed and the port can handle vessels up to 18,000 TEUs from 9,800 TEUs previously."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

VIDEO: Time-lapse chronicles 64-foot raising of Bayonne Bridge roadway in NJ

Equipment World: "New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge is nearing the completion of a $1.6 billion project that is increasing the height of its roadway. You can watch a time-lapse of the roadway’s elevation in the video below. The roadway is being raised in order to allow for larger container ships to pass beneath the bridge to reach ports at Newark, Elizabeth and Staten Island. By raising the roadway 64 feet, clearance has been increased to 215 feet allowing for the passage of ships with up to 18,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The new roadway opened to traffic in February. Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that the project will be completed by June 30, six months ahead of schedule."

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Port of Charleston has its 2nd-busiest month ever in April

Postandcourier.com: "The SPA has projected that vessels of that size will become more common sights along the East Coast once the raising of the Bayonne Bridge is finished in June, giving the bigger ships access to the mammoth Port of New York-New Jersey."

Record Container Ship Visit for U.S. East Coast

The Maritime Executive: "The ship's next stop will be Savannah, followed by Charleston, her last East Coast port before heading back to Asia. The voyage didn't include the Port of New York/New Jersey, the largest East Coast port, as its Bayonne Bridge only allows clearance of ships up to 9,800 TEU. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced last week that the $1.6 billion project to raise the bridge would be completed by June 30, six months ahead of schedule. Then ships up to 18,000 TEUs will be able to pass under it."

Did Friday's bad weather force the Bayonne Bridge to close?

NJ.com: "The Bayonne Bridge was scheduled to be closed Friday night for continuing construction on a project that raised the bridge roadway to allow larger container ships to pass underneath it to access the Ports of Newark and Elizabeth.

However, that work was canceled due to the bad weather, Buccino said."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" Newsletter

PANYNJ: Spring 2017.

What the Bayonne Bridge update could mean for shipping

The Strategic Sourceror: "If your company wants to save all it can during procurement, it needs to be flexible enough to adjust to new projects that affect travel. Just as the recent I-83 disaster represented some possible repercussions for logistics in Atlanta, an update to the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey can bring new opportunities for companies that want to increase shipping value."

IN SEARCH OF A SEA CHANGE

LVB: "To accommodate this new generation of giant vessels, so-called neo-Panamax ships, and the glut of goods expected to be arriving from Asia, American ports began expanding and deepening their ports, and in one case, raising a bridge. In July, the Port of New York and New Jersey is expected to be able to receive the enormous ships when the $1.6 billion project to raise the 85-year-old Bayonne Bridge will be largely completed."

Rough seas: Shipping alliances making their way to Charleston even as they draw scrutiny from federal legislators

Postandcourier.com: "The additional vessel calls might come sooner now that a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey will be finished by June 30, months ahead of schedule. The taller bridge will allow the alliances' biggest vessels to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey, and shipping lines might increase service to the East Coast as a result. "

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Saturday

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 11:59 p.m. and reopen it Saturday at 8 a.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Christie tries to change subject on infrastructure neglect

NorthJersey.com: "Christie on Tuesday was offering himself now as the infrastructure governor, standing amid a small mountain range of cargo containers with the Bayonne Bridge across the Newark Bay in the distance, its new span giving super-tankers  an extra 100 feet of clearance. This "marvel" of engineering, Christie argued, will bolster the Port's competitive edge and sustain the state's economy."

On Staten Island, community activists push for a High Line-style park

Curbed NY: "After crossing above the busy traffic of Richmond Terrace, the train line passes through the ruins of two abandoned train stations, where trees and shrubs obscure empty passenger platforms. This section of the viaduct offers expansive views of the Bayonne Bridge and the homes of historic Port Richmond, with the tracks traveling above backyards and over quiet residential streets. After less than a mile, the tracks begin a gradual descent back to ground level, near a new residential community being constructed west of Nicholas Avenue, before sinking into an open-cut trench beneath the streets."

The Biggest Ship Yet Just Traversed the Panama Canal

Atlas Obscura: "Photos show the ship barely slipping through the canal, pulled by a (comparatively) tiny tugboat. Next, she’s off to set another record—becoming the largest ship to ever arrive on the East Coast."

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bayonne Bridge revamp will wrap up six months early

Curbed NY: "New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that the plan to raise the bridge, which connects Port Richmond in Staten Island to Bayonne in New Jersey, will finish six months ahead of schedule, the Wall Street Journal reports."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Gov. Christie: Bayonne Bridge lower level removed by June 30

SILive.com: "The bridge will have four 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction, outside and inside shoulders and a shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Some restrictions lifted at Bayonne Bridge

American Shipper: "Ships carrying up to 9,800 TEUs can now call terminals west of the Bayonne Bridge without worrying about tidal conditions now that U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York and pilot organizations lifted air draft restrictions."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Some restrictions lifted at Bayonne Bridge

American Shipper: "Ships carrying up to 9,800 TEUs can now call terminals west of the Bayonne Bridge without worrying about tidal conditions now that U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York and pilot organizations lifted air draft restrictio"

1958 Bayonne train disaster left dozens dead, bankrupted the bookies

NJ.com: "The search and rescue operation lasted six days. First responders included the Coast Guard, local fire, police, doctors, clergy, funeral directors and the Red Cross, Civil Defense and Salvation Army as well as area employees from Elco Marina and Englander Mattress Factory."

A thing of beauty: 20,000 gathered for Bayonne Bridge opening

NJ.com: "The day of the dedication began with an early morning drive over the bridge by Bayonne Mayor Lucius F. Donohoe at 5:01 a.m. That afternoon a record turnout of approximately 20,000 spectators crowded the Bayonne Plaza at Seventh Street and Hudson (now Kennedy) Boulevard for the festivities. Among the dignitaries were N.J. Gov. Morgan F. Larson and former N.Y. Gov. Alfred E. Smith. Local participants included the Bayonne High School chorus and band and organizations such as the Spanish-American War and World War I veterans, Exempt Firemen, Knights of Columbus, and the Girls Scouts. "

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Newark volumes up after N4 TOS go-live

Container Management: "Located within the Port of New York and New Jersey, PNCT handles 1.3m teu annually. When the region’s project to raise the Bayonne Bridge is completed, larger vessels will be able to call the port for the first time."

Problems with tugs and infrastructure hobble new Panama Canal locks, says Masters, Mates & Pilots

AJOT.COM: "In the United States, ports on the Atlantic coast such as Savannah, Jacksonville and New York have spent billions of dollars dredging harbors and raising bridges to accommodate the Neopanamax container ships. The Bayonne Bridge alone required an appropriation of $1.3 billion to raise that structure from 151 to 215 feet."

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to be closed this weekend

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Sunday at 9 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Here Today, Gondola Tomorrow?

WNYC News: "According to the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, when it comes to long commutes on and off the island, "there is a light at the end of the tunnel...or in this case at the end of the Bayonne Bridge." The SIEDC's alternative to the ferry is an aerial gondola, which would connect to a New Jersey Transit light rail station...which connects to the PATH train...which brings commuters into Manhattan. The group is seeking funding for a feasibility study. The gondola will be touring Staten Island for the next several days. Find out where it is here. "

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Port Newark Container Terminal Handles Record Volumes Immediately Following Upgrade to Navis N4 Terminal System

Yahoo News: "Located within the Port of New York and New Jersey—the largest port on the East Coast and third largest in the U.S.—PNCT is among the most important terminals responsible for moving cargo throughout the nation and abroad, handling 1.3 million TEUs annually. With the region’s massive project to raise the Bayonne Bridge near completion, larger vessels will be able to call at PNCT for the first time. As a result, PNCT has undergone a $500 million terminal redevelopment project—a move expected to increase container capacity to 2.3 million TEUs by 2019. This anticipated surge in container volumes, combined with the need to move cargo faster and more efficiently than ever before, drove the decision to upgrade to N4."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

City officials temporarily shut down Bayonne Bridge project due to excessive dust

Hudson Reporter: “There was a lot of dust,” said Nadrowski. “Where you can write messages on car windows, that much dust. It was all over peoples’ clothes and windows.”

Nadrowski said it was clear that the demolition crews were not using enough water, resulting in dusty building material. “It was definitely the result of not following protocol,” said Nadrowski. Residents living near the construction have reported lead flakes in their yard, excessive noise, and other construction-related nuisances. “The people down there, and I’m one of them, live with a lot of inconveniences,” Nadrowski said. “It’s unacceptable; you can’t even breathe, you have to go home and take a shower.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

13,000-TEU ship heading for Port of Charleston in May

SC Biz News: "The Bayonne Bridge between New York and New Jersey is also being raised, and Charleston Harbor is set to be deepened to 52 feet."


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Port Authority suspends construction, repair projects for Easter weekend

NJ.com: "The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from Tuesday, April 18, to Thursday, April 20, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The bridge will remain open Monday night, April 17, into Tuesday morning to accommodate the scheduled closing of the eastbound Goethals Bridge Monday overnight for pavement repair work."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

With The L Train’s Pending Shutdown, Will Brooklyn Hipsters Trade Bushwick For Bayonne?

Jersey Digs: "Among other developments catching the eyes of trendy Bushwick hipsters through offerings of lower rents and easy escape from the impending L train shutdown are Park Bayonne, Skye Lofts (North and South), and 175 West 7th Street. The latter is located on prime development land with iconic views of Manhattan to the east and the Bayonne Bridge to the south."

Friday, April 14, 2017

Goethals Bridge Staten Island-bound lanes to be closed Monday night

SILive.com: "The Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will remain open Monday as alternate routes. "

Suez Canal Bridge

tugster: a waterblog: "But five and a half  years have elapsed, not without change.  So earlier this week, Suez Canal in the KVK and under the Bayonne Bridge looked like this.  See the worker above the new roadbed?"

Intermodal infrastructure - the nuts and bolts moving from the quay to the hinterland

Seatrade Maritime News: "The meeting also saw presentations by executives from the railroad, airfreight and trucking segments. PNCT has committed to invest $500m through 2030; its investment in “rail on dock” has been noteworthy. It comes at a time that the first anniversary of the widened Panama Canal is nine months away. Another project in New York harbor, the raised roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, expected to be completed later this year, will allow larger ships bound for PNCT (and three other terminals on the New Jersey mainland) to pass under the bridge. PNCT handled approximately 1.2m teu in 2016."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Street and sidewalks to be closed for Bayonne Bridge construction

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close Innis Street and both sidewalks from John Street to Morningstar Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, according to the agency's website."

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to be closed overnight Friday for 'Raise the Roadway' project

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge from 11:59 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

On Turning 86

tugster: a waterblog: "I’d like to give a hat tip to all the Bayonne Bridge workers who work with such skill and safety in this enormous project, one of at least six bridge projects happening simultaneously in the greater sixth boro."

Grapevine: Virginia port wins big-ship bragging rights over Charleston, Savannah

Business | postandcourier.com: "Once a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey is completed later this year, Newsome said he expects the 2M Alliance, a consortium of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping, will add a second weekly service to Charleston using a similar-size vessel."

When will Trump and Congress shred the red tape?

Washington Examiner: "As Howard points out, current laws impose "a jungle of red tape." For example, on the proposal to raise the Bayonne Bridge, which currently blocks the supertankers coming through the enlarged Panama Canal, it includes the following: "a requirement to study historic buildings within a two-mile radius even though the project touched no buildings; notice to Native American tribes around the country to participate even though the project would not be disturbing any new ground; and 47 permits from 19 different agencies. The environmental review for this project — again, a project with virtually no environmental impact — was 20,000 pages, including appendices. Proceeding on an expedited timetable, permits were finally awarded after five years. Then some self-styled environmentalists sued claiming ... you guessed it, "inadequate review." The Port Authority started construction anyway, and hopes to complete the project in 2019, 10 years after the application was filed.""

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Vote: Do you think a gondola linking Bayonne and Staten Island is a good idea?

NJ.com: "If you've ever traveled across the Queensboro Bridge in New York City, you've likely noticed the aerial tramway that connects Manhattan with Roosevelt Island.
Now, the Staten Island Development Corp. is looking for support for a plan to build an aerial gondola system that would link Staten Island with Bayonne."

Shred the red tape to build infrastructure

NY Daily News: "Raising the Bayonne Bridge roadway was pro-environmental in every meaningful way. It would permit cleaner, more efficient ships into Newark Harbor, and avoid the environmental havoc to surrounding neighborhoods of a new bridge or tunnel."

Friday, March 31, 2017

Portside: New ship-to-shore cranes coming online at GPA’s Garden City Terminal

Business in Savannah News: "We’ve been advised by a customer that they will be sending a 13,000 TEU ship to us sometime that month,” said GPA executive director Griff Lynch. “That ship will be the first of many we’ll start to see, especially as the completion of the Bayonne Bridge raising at the Port of New York/New Jersey is completed at the end of this year, giving all three East Coast gateway ports the ability to handle the larger Neo-Panamax ships"

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Staten Island officials look to drum up support for gondola plan, report says

NJ.com: "Under the proposal, the gondola would carry commuters from Staten Island, across the Kill Van Kull to the Eighth Street Light Rail station in Bayonne. Commuters would then take the light rail to area PATH stations where they could continue their trips into Manhattan."

Bayonne Bridge Daily Schedule: March 27 - April 3, 2017

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website:

*Monday, March 27 – NO DAYTIME CLOSURE
Monday, March  27 – 7:00 pm – 5:00 am closure
*Tuesday, March 28 – NO DAYTIME CLOSURE
Tuesday, March 28 – 7:00 pm – 5:00 am closure
*Wednesday, March 29 – NO DAYTIME CLOSURE
Wednesday, March 29 – 7:00 pm – 5:00 am closure
*Thursday, March 30 – NO DAYTIME CLOSURE
Thursday, March 30 – 7:00 pm – 5:00 am closure
*Friday, March 31 – NO DAYTIME CLOSURE
Friday, March 31 – 11:59 pm – 8:00 am  closure

Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform an overnight closure on Friday. The bridge will close at 11:59pm Friday, March 31, and reopen by 8:00 am Saturday, April 1. Once the bridge reopens on Saturday, the bridge is not scheduled to close again until the 7:00 pm-5:00 am overnight closure on Monday, April 3.

*Regular daytime 9:00 am – 3:00 pm closures will be suspended for the time being. Further use of daytime closures may be necessary and scheduled in the future to advance Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance construction, but for the immediate future, the roadway will remain open during daytime hours.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bayonne Bridge

IMAGER 5010: "The First Phase of the Bayonne Bridge Project Complete"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Editorial: One inspector general is enough at the PA

NJ.com: "In New Jersey, and, for that matter, New York, all roads keep leading back to the Port Authority. Those pathways should take the public to a new Bayonne Bridge, a new Goethals Bridge or inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center. But instead of seeing these completed or nearly completed projects, it is always politics. And in the end, this will neither help the Port Authority become more efficient nor bolster the political stature of either the governor of New Jersey or New York."

Waze Teams With Port Authority to Better Track Traffic, Alert Drivers

NBC New York: "The Port Authority announces partnership with Waze to help pinpoint traffic trouble spots. Erica Byfield reports. (Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017)"

The Bayonne Bridge's New and Higher Road Deck

JM Eagle: "When drivers began using two new lanes of the Bayonne Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey last month, they crossed not only the Kill Van Kull waterway but also a nexus between a historic engineering past and a modern engineering present."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Panama Canal aims to double big-ship transits with tech aid

JOC.com: "More large ships are expected to come to the East Coast through the Panama Canal once the Bayonne Bridge is lifted at the Port of New York and New Jersey by the end of this year. At present, ships larger than 10,000 TEUs can only stop at one of the port’s four main terminals because to get to the other three terminals, ships must pass under the Bayonne Bridge."

Need for NY-NJ port extended gates comes into focus

JOC.com: "The question has emerged as new carrier alliances are set to take effect April 1, and — most significantly — the Bayonne Bridge’s clearance is raised later this year. Those developments are expected to help attract larger ships to New York-New Jersey. The bridge’s 151-foot elevation prevents ships larger than 10,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) from getting to three of the four main terminals. Depending on their design, even some 5,000-TEU ships can’t fit under the bridge."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Future commute: 10 ways the maddening trip might transform | SILive.com

SILive.com: West Shore light rail: Last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority committed to studying the potential for a West Shore light rail. The proposed light rail would run about 13 miles from Richmond Valley to Elm Park, carrying Island commuters over the Bayonne Bridge to connect with New Jersey Transit's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line. Aerial gondola: A Colorado-based company has come up with a design for an aerial gondola that runs from Staten Island to Bayonne in six minutes. Leitner-Poma of America has created a design for a route that would connect Staten Island commuters to New Jersey's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system. According to the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, this would create a 33-minute commute from Staten Island to downtown Manhattan.





Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Open

Port Authority of NY & NJ: "The bridge will be closed from Friday, March 10, 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday morning"

Staten Island: Keep making noise to get better transit

SILive.com: "West Shore Light Rail: This new rail line would run 13 miles from Richmond Valley to Elm Park, and would continue over the Bayonne Bridge to connect with NJ Transit. In addition to added connectivity with New Jersey, this line would make traveling north and south across the borough much faster and easier."

Friday, March 10, 2017

General view looking southwest. - Bayonne Bridge, Spanning Kill Van Kull between Bayonne & Staten Island, Bayonne, Hudson County, NJ

Library of Congress: "General view looking southwest. - Bayonne Bridge, Spanning Kill Van Kull between Bayonne & Staten Island, Bayonne, Hudson County, NJ"


Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, reopen Saturday

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Saturday at 10 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Thursday, March 9, 2017

What's needed to bring ULCVs into New York?

Marine Log: "The Port of New York and New Jersey is getting set to receive the new generation of higher ultra-large container vessels (ULCV). The controlling depth of the major navigation channels has now been increased to 50 feet at MLL water. And the raising of the Bayonne Bridge is expected to be completed this year."

Small Tankers

Tugster: a waterblog: Chandra B may be small in size, but she of the American Petroleum & Transport, Inc., is big in personality.

Body found on boat under the Bayonne Bridge

NJ.com: "A work boat was found washed ashore on the rocks near First Street just before 9 a.m. Police found the body of a man believed to be about 45 years old on the vessel, Port Authority spokesmen Joe Pentangelo said. "

How many miles on the Bayonne NJ bridge?

Answers.com: "The Bayonne Bridge is 1.095 miles long. It is the fifth longest steel arch bridge in the world. It opened on November 15, 1931."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Showered with garbage: Glue, metal, wood and rocks fall from Bayonne Bridge

SILive.com: "While the Port Authority has spent almost four years working to raise the Bayonne Bridge for large ships to pass beneath, people working and living below the bridge say their requests to prevent debris from landing on their houses and cars have fallen on deaf ears."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Don't forget Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel closures this weekend

NJ.com: The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Saturday, to accommodate construction on the "Raise the Roadway" project to provide navigational clearance for larger container vessels.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Here's how America can deregulate its way to faster growth - and faster airplanes

AEIdeas: "Infrastructure projects are frequently bogged down in endless environmental reviews and consultations. An example is a project to upgrade the Bayonne Bridge, which spectacularly arches between Staten Island and New Jersey."

Bridges of New York: Spanning the Hell Gate

Library of Congress Prints & Photos: "General view looking southwest. – Bayonne Bridge, Spanning Kill Van Kull between Bayonne & Staten Island, Bayonne, Hudson County, NJ. Photo by Jet Lowe for HAER, Spring 1985"

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bayonne Bridge temporarily closed due to falling debris

NJ.com: "Several bolts fell from the steel scaffolding of the Bayonne Bridge onto the roadway due to high winds, said Neal Buccino, public information officer for the Port Authority."

Bayonne's Development Rush Continues As Four More Projects Move Forward

Jersey Digs: "A new residential project is coming to 175 West 7th Street in Bayonne. The site, located at the corner of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, adjacent to the entrance to the northbound lanes of Route 440, is situated at one of the most visible locations in the city, in that it is visible to all drivers approaching or leaving the Bayonne Bridge. According to a legal notice, when completed, the building will be five stories tall and contain 56 luxury residential units. One parking space will be provided on-site for each residential unit."

104 years in hardware Resnick's nailed it with new site

Hudson Reporter: "Four generations and 99 years of Larry Resnick’s family have sold hardware on Broadway before the company moved from its iconic Resnick’s Hardware store on 46th Street to its new digs 10 blocks south on 36th Street.The hardware store’s current owner, Larry Resnick’s father, Al, now 99 year old, saw the Bayonne Bridge opening. Photos of historic Bayonne taken by Al Resnick throughout the years hang in the front of the shop."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

APM Terminals to Invest $200 Million in NJ Port

Global Trade Magazine: "This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at North America’s second-busiest port complex. These larger vessels are expected to start calling the port with recently announced completion of the project to raise the Bayonne Bridge roadbed by 64 feet. The raising of the Bayonne Bridge, combined with the widened Panama Canal, enables ULCS liner services to call and be handled efficiently at the advanced APM Terminals facility."

Monday, February 27, 2017

Little time for reflection as Charleston ports agency celebrates 75th anniversary

Postandcourier.com: "Once a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey is completed later this year, Newsome said he expects the 2M Alliance, a consortium of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping, will add a second weekly service to Charleston featuring a similar-size vessel. The bridge is currently too low to let Post Panamax ships access the Port of New York and New Jersey, and shipping lines have been reluctant to deploy those vessels on East Coast routes until the span is raised."

Bayonne Bridge Schedule: February 27 - March 4, 2017

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform an Extended Friday Closure (EFC). The bridge will close at 9:00 pm Friday, March 3, and reopen by 10:00 pm on Saturday, March 4.

Regular daytime 9:00 am – 3:00 pm closures will be suspended for the time being. Further use of daytime closures may be necessary and scheduled in the future to advance BBNCP construction, but for the immediate future, the roadway will remain open during daytime hours."

Cashless tolls: A proposal for Staten Island 11 years ago has become a reality

SILive.com: "Flash forward to 2017 and the technology is quickly becoming a reality across the borough. The Bayonne Bridge became the Port Authority's first cashless tolling facility on Monday, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge expects to go cashless by this summer. "

Port Authority chair: Christie's influence pivotal in infrastructure spending

Opinion | NJ.com: "Christie's personal involvement also drove the Port Authority to raise the navigational clearance of the Bayonne Bridge to maintain the leadership position of the agency's port facilities in Newark, Bayonne and Elizabeth. "

Saturday, February 25, 2017

First lanes open on Bayonne Bridge’s newly elevated deck

Bridge Design & Engineering: "The 85-year-old arch bridge is being given the new deck as part of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s “Raise the Roadway” initiative, a major operation to raise the level by 19.5m. The aim is to provide sufficient navigational clearance for the larger container vessels now using the expanded Panama Canal."

Simulation confirms Port of NY & NJ can handle ULCVs through 18,000 TEUs

Portnews.com: "Notably, the simulation factored in the new controlling depth (50 feet) of the port’s major navigation channels as well as the new working height of the Bayonne Bridge once the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey completes its “Raise the Roadway” Program in 2017."

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of NY & NJ - Alerts & Advisories: The bridge will be closed from Friday, February 24, 9 p.m. around-the-clock until 10 p.m. Saturday, February 25.

East Coast Container Terminal Investment Almost Trebled by Operator

Handy Shipping Guide: "APM Terminals has significantly increased its previously announced $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at the port complex. The vessels are expected to start calling the port after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year."

Retailers urge labor, management to avoid port shutdowns; ILA says may be inevitable

TheTrucker.com - America's Trucking Newspaper: "Riley predicted that with the raising of New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge to let larger shipping vessels go through, more and more port workers will be needed but that it’s hard to get workers who are qualified by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. He said the Waterfront Commission was “unnecessarily interfering” and is turning qualified workers away."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bridge project a marvel of modern engineering

Real Estate Weekly: "The project represents a unique engineering achievement, during which the new roadway was built while the existing roadway remained in service with limited disruption to traffic."

New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge Reopens Ready for Larger Containerships

Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News: "But Dan Smith, principal at the Tioga Group, a freight transportation consulting company, said he believes that the changes in shipping patterns will be gradual rather than instantaneous. “It’s like the Panama Canal itself. You saw all the excitement over the opening of the expanded canal, but the change so far has been incremental. You don’t see all of a sudden a line of 13,000 TEU ships attempting to get through,” he said. “You’ve had persistent overcapacity in the industry, unsustainable rates and weak demand, so there are too many things going on for this to have an immediate impact. They’re making a change for the decades to come, not the weeks to come"

All aboard? Bayonne officials to meet with Port Authority to discuss ferry plan

NJ.com: "The ferry has a lot of obvious value, and then a lot of hidden value," DeMarco said. "Should you have to evacuate the city, right now you're limited to the light rail, the Turnpike and the Bayonne Bridge. We don't really have water access."

APM Terminals boosts investment at Port Elizabeth facility

Logistics Business Review: "The heightening of the Bayonne bridge, along with the expanded Panama Canal, will allow ULCS liner services to operate effectively at the APM Terminals facility.   APM Terminals North America president Wim Lagaay said: “Our goal is to make APM Terminals Port Elizabeth safer, easier to use and faster for our trucker community, more productive for our shipping line clients and more reliable for our clients’ supply chains expectations."

Strike threat to port of New York as dockers' union hits out over jobs

The Loadstar: "The additional funds will go towards four next-generation ship-to-shore cranes to handle ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) at the US’s second busiest port, with the larger vessels expected to start calling at the port after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge, which is scheduled to be completed later this year."

APM Terminals Nearly Triples Port Investment

Port Technology International: "APM Terminals is increasing its Port Elizabeth investment plans from US$70 million to $200 million in preparation for ultra large container ships (ULCSs) that will be able to visit the port once the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Elevated Roadway Writes New Chapter in Bayonne Bridge History

PANYNJ|: "To a triumphant chorus of honking horns at 5 a.m. yesterday, the first passenger cars from New York and New Jersey drove over the new, elevated roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, 215 feet above the Kill van Kull and 64 feet above the original bridge deck."

WATCH: The New Bayonne Bridge is Now Open

Global Trade Magazine: "It’s one step toward allowing the major terminals of the port of New York and New Jersey, located in Newark and Elizabeth, to handle the new class of mega containerships. The bridge is being raised from 151 feet above the water to 215 feet, to allow bigger ships to pass under it."

Residents who live under Bayonne Bridge say they are ready for construction to be over (Video)

News 12 New Jersey: "The agency says that the bridge project should be completed on time. Two lanes on the newly completed upper deck of the bridge were opened to traffic Monday.
Work should begin soon to demolish the lower deck of the bridge."

Watch: Tour New Bayonne Bridge (Videos)

Port Technology International: "One lane of traffic is now flowing in each direction on the raised roadway, standing 215-feet above the water between Staten Island and New Jersey, after construction raised the level of the bridge 64-feet higher. Cashless tolling has also been implemented."

Monday, February 20, 2017

New Bayonne Bridge Roadway - Opening Day

Vintage photos: A look back at construction of the Bayonne Bridge

NJ.com: "The span, which is not complete, was built while the original roadway was still being used. Now that the new bridge -- 215 feet above the Kill Van Kull, is allowing traffic, the lower span will be taken apart piece by piece."

Bayonne Bridge reopens after years of construction work (Video)

abc7ny.com: "The Bayonne Bridge officially reopened Monday, after years of construction to raise its deck."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

How Port Authority’s ‘suicide squad’ fights for others' lives

NY Daily News: "No suicides were reported on the other bridges run by the Port Authority in 2016, which include the Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing — all in Staten Island."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to open one lane in both directions

Hudson Reporter: "Initially, one lane will be open in each direction, but by the bridge’s expected full completion in 2019, four twelve-foot lanes will span the bridge along with a ten-foot shared pedestrian and cyclist path, inner and outer shoulders, and a median barrier. "

Bayonne Bridge - February 18, 2017


Friday, February 17, 2017

The new roadway opens to the public on Monday and this will also become a "Cash-Less Crossing

Bayonne Office of Emergency Management: "The Bayonne Bridge’s new elevated roadway will open to drivers on Monday at 5 a.m., ushering in a new era for the 85-year-old arch bridge that will now become the Port Authority’s first all-cashless tolling facility."

Cashless Tolling - Bayonne Bridge (Video)

The Port Authority of NY & NJ: "On February 20, 2017, the Bayonne Bridge will begin a Cashless Toll Collection operation and no longer accept cash toll payments. The toll booths will be replaced with overhead equipment that instantly reads a vehicle’s E-ZPass tag. If a vehicle doesn't have an E-ZPass tag, a photograph will be taken of its license plate and a toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle."

Port Authority $32.2B spending includes Goethals, Bayonne bridges

SILive.com: "The 2017-2026 capital plan approved Thursday includes what's needed to complete the $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge replacement project, as well as funds to finish rebuilding the Bayonne Bridge, a $1.6 billion project that raises the bridge so larger ships can pass underneath."

Bayonne Bridge's new elevated roadway set to open

NJ.com: "On February 20, we will make history,'' Steven Plate, the Port Authority's chief of major capital projects, said in a statement. "The Bayonne Bridge, a marvel of 20th century engineering, will become a groundbreaking innovation of the 21st century."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of NY & NJ - Alerts & Advisories: The bridge will be closed from Friday, February 17, 9 p.m. around-the-clock until 5 a.m. Monday, February 20.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cashless Tolls Coming To New Bayonne Bridge

CBS New York: "Instead of slowing through toll booths drivers will maintain their speed. Electronic devices will collect money from drivers through E-ZPass, or a bill will be sent in the mail for those who pay with cash."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, re-open Saturday

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Weather 10

Tugster: a waterblog: "Here are previous weather posts, and although today the sixth boro and surrounding land masses are experiencing the first serious snowfall this season, this post is not about that.  Rather, it’s about something I saw and felt yesterday, when it was 65 degrees F for a few midday hours.  65!!"






Bayonne Bridge to stay open during snow storm

SILive.com: "The Bayonne Bridge will remain open on Thursday morning during the snow storm."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NY-NJ terminal doubling capacity ahead of bridge raising

JOC.com: "A major upgrade that will double the capacity at one of the four main terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey is unfolding as the port nears the end of a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, enabling big ships for the first time to dock at the terminal."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Daily Schedule: February 6 - 11, 2017

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform an Extended Friday Closure (EFC). The bridge will close at 9:00 pm on Friday, February 10, and reopen by 10:00 pm Saturday, February 11."

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to close Friday night, re-open Saturday

SILive.com: "The Port Authority will close the bridge Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. and it will remain closed until Saturday, Feb, 4, at 10 p.m. to accommodate ongoing construction of the "Raise the Roadway" project."

A Look at the Timeline for Restoring the George Washington Bridge

New York YIMBY: "We are living in a bit of a renaissance for New York City-area bridges. New spans are under construction for the Goethals, Kosciuszko, and Tappan Zee bridges, and the deck of the Bayonne Bridge is being raised. The world’s busiest bridge, the George Washington, is also having work done."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Port facility in Bayonne creates appointment system to alleviate long truck lines

NJ.com: "The problem had been exacerbated due to a 10 percentage increase of cargo containers from 2014 to 2015 that local commerce was responsible for transporting into marine terminals. Meanwhile, the Bayonne Bridge improvement project -- which will raise the bridge's span to allow larger ships to pass beneath it -- is also expected to increase the volume of cargo shipments at the port. "

Global port terminal rises from edges of the Cooper River

SC Biz News: "The widening of the Panama Canal, which was completed last summer, and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge between New Jersey and New York, which is slated to be finished in mid-2019, are expected to bring more and bigger ships to the East Coast, including to the Port of Charleston. "

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

US port deepening fight intensifies on funding worries

JOC.com: "Ports that aren’t able to allow ocean carriers to bring in larger ships risk being kept off service loops that favor ports than can. Carriers are bringing larger ships to call the East Coast after the expanded Panama Canal locks opened in June, but they have held off on deploying more large ships because only one marine terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey can handle them. When raising the Bayonne Bridge is completed in late 2017, carriers will have more of an incentive to deploy larger ships, since all marine terminals at the largest East Coast port will be able to handle them. The ports of Miami, Baltimore, and Virginia can handle ships loaded up to 14,000 TEUs since their harbor depths are at least 50 feet."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Construction Update

River View Observer: "On the new roadway from 6th Street o the bridge’s main span, workers are continuing to install lighting, drainage systems, electrical systems, the barrier wall, and other roadway-related structures."

Editorial: PATH, bus terminal essential to PA

NorthJersey.com: "The replacement of the Goethals Bridge is underway. Elevation of the Bayonne Bridge will allow new, larger container ships to access our ports. And even Port Authority critics, state Sens. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, and Bob Gordon, D-Fair Lawn, told The Record’s editorial board recently that the remodeled GWB Bus Station, nearing completion despite delays, will be impressive once it is opened."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

NY-NJ terminal blames harsh weather for truck delays

JOC.com: "The congestion reflects the difficulties at the heavily used port, where turn times can easily rise above two hours, as it works to ensure the swift and smooth arrival of trucks and containers in and out of the port in preparation for the arrival of increasingly larger ships. That is expected to happen once a project to elevate the Bayonne Bridge is completed at the end of 2017. At present, the low elevation of the bridge prevents big ships passing below and reaching three out of the four terminals — among them PNCT."

Port Authority of NY & NJ - Alerts & Advisories - Bayonne Bridge

Port Authority of NY & NJ: The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from Friday, January 27, 9 p.m. around-the-clock until 10 p.m. Saturday, January 28.

The Port Authority's top money makers (and losers)...

NJ.com: Bayonne Bridge in the red.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Traffic Continues During 'Raise the Roadway' Project

Construction Equipment Guide: “The project marks the first time engineers are building a bridge roadway above the original span, even as the lower road continues to carry traffic,” said Neal Buccino, senior public information officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “It will maintain the steel arch that makes the Bayonne Bridge a civil engineering landmark, while giving drivers a safer, wider and more modern roadway with 12-foot lanes, new shoulders, a median divider, and a 12-foot bike and pedestrian walkway.”


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Big ship ready – Video Case Histories

DC Velocity: "That Bayonne Bridge project she mentions is a massive engineering marvel and one of the largest ever undertaken in the region. The $1.3 billion project involves building a new roadway 65 feet above the original road surface. The tricky part is that the construction is taking place while commuters, trucks, and others are using the bridge on a daily basis. Once completed, the original roadway will be removed so that taller ships as large as 18,000 TEUs can easily pass below."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Congestion 3

tugster: a waterblog: "It also gives a sense of the random traffic patterns, here about to pass the impatient Peking are (l to r) Michael Miller, Charles Burton, and way in the distance Robert E. McAllister."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of NY & NJ: The bridge will be closed from "Friday, January 20, 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, January 21"


Bayonne Bridge deck elevation progress January 20, 2016

Flickr: Recent photos of bridge elevation progress.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bayonne bridge construction update

Hudson TV: "On the new roadway from 6th Street o the bridge’s main span, workers are continuing to install lighting, drainage systems, electrical systems, the barrier wall, and other roadway-related structures."

Bayonne Bridge; 1/16/2017. 8x10 Wet Plate Collodion Tintype. Taken with a pinhole camera @f/293. Exposure time 12 minutes.

Imgur: Tintype photo.

NY-NJ appointment system cuts truck turns without major hitch

JOC: "The system, at just one of out of six terminals at the largest port on the East Coast, is designed to improve drayage efficiency. Such efficiency at the port is critical as it prepares to meet the increased workload and additional systemic stress expected after the completion of a project at the end of this year to raise the Bayonne Bridge. The project will enable ships that can carry more than 10,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units to stop at all four of the port’s main terminals. Only one — Global Container Terminal — is at present accessible to big ships because they can’t get under the bridge."

Is 2017 the Year of the Anticipated Coastal Import Shift?

Colliers International: "ALL EYES ON THE BAYONNE BRIDGE: New York-New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast, is still expected to be the main beneficiary of any increase in inbound container volume from the Panama Canal expansion. This is because of its proximity to the largest population concentration on the East Coast and the recent dredging project that deepened its harbor to 50 feet."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Where the Second Avenue Subway Went Wrong

The New Yorker: "When New Jersey wanted to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, it took five years, and twenty thousand pages of paperwork, for the project to get under way. Obviously, environmental and workplace standards are important, but a recent paper by Philip Howard, the chairman of Common Good, suggests that a more streamlined regulatory process, like those found in many developed countries, could save hundreds of billions of dollars."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bayonne Bridge Schedule: January 20 - 21, 2017 : City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Next weekend, the Bayonne Bridge will perform an Extended Friday Closure (EFC). The bridge will close at 9pm Friday, January 20, and reopen by 10pm Saturday, January 21."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Erin McAllister and More

tugster: a waterblog: " I was interested in the ship because a friend had assisted docking when she arrived ."

Port Authority wants to go after your license, registration if you cheat tolls

NJ.com: "Port Authority officials will ask New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission to suspend the registration privilege of chronic toll violators, similar to what is now done in New York State, as the agency moves to cashless toll collection."


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Port Authority of NY & NJ posts for public comment proposed $32.2 billion draft 10-year capital plan

AJOT.COM: "These investments include $578 million for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which will allow larger more efficient ships to access the Port of New York and New Jersey; $364 million for the Port Wharf and Berth Replacement Program; $164 million for the port and rail cargo facility at Greenville Yard; and $162 million for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project."

Friday, January 13, 2017

As MTA expects new head, Staten Island waits with bated breath

SILive.com: "It also got a promise from Prendergast of $5 million to study the proposed West Shore light rail, which would run about 13 miles from Richmond Valley to Elm Park, carrying commuters over the Bayonne Bridge to connect with New Jersey Transit's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line."

Bayonne Bridge, Holland Tunnel lane closures scheduled

NJ.com: "The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Saturday, to accommodate construction on the "Raise the Roadway" project, which will elevate the bridge's roadway to provide navigational clearance for neo-Panamax container vessels."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bayonne Bridge to Remain Open on Thursday Night, January 12

City of Bayonne, NJ - Official Website: "Due to the closure of the Goethals Bridge on Thursday night, January 12, 2017 the Bayonne Bridge WILL CANCEL its planned overnight closure that night.  Once the Bayonne reopens at 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 12, it will remain open to accommodate traffic from the Goethals and will not close again until the daytime closure on Friday, January 13."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Goethals Bridge N.J.-bound lanes to be closed Thursday night

SILive.com: "The Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will remain open Thursday as alternate routes. Thursday night's scheduled closure of the Bayonne Bridge has been canceled."

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend Schedule

Port Authority of NY & NJ: "The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, January 6 through 10 p.m. Saturday, January 7 to accommodate construction on the “Raise the Roadway” project."

12 people jumped to deaths from George Washington Bridge in 2016

NY Daily News: "So many people have leapt from the span, the Port Authority took steps to post more police officers to the walkway and set up surveillance cameras. The authority’s other bridges include the Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing."


NY/NJ Port Authority Drafts $32B Capital Plan

AviationPros.com: "The plan also includes $7.6 billion to finish projects currently in construction, such as the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, PATH’s signal replacement program, upgrades to the Harrison and Grove Street PATH stations and the port and rail cargo facility at Greenville Yard.  Of that $7.6 billion, a total of $2.5 billion will support LaGuardia Airport’s ongoing Terminal B redevelopment project."

Port Authority 2016: It’s a Wrap

PANYNJ: "Steady progress was made on two signature bridge projects: raising the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge and the complete replacement of the Goethals Bridge."

Monday, January 2, 2017

New alliances, bigger ships put US ports on high alert

JOC.com: "At New York-New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast and the third-largest in the US, 2017 is likely to be dominated by the port’s preparation for the year-end opening of the elevated Bayonne Bridge. The bridge, which will be 215 feet high instead of 151 feet currently, will enable ships of up to 18,000-TEU capacity to call at all four of the port’s main terminals. Only ships of less than 10,000 TEUs are currently able to call because the existing bridge is too low to allow large ships to berth at three of the port’s main terminals; only Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, located on the channel before the bridge, is currently able to service larger ships."