Friday, June 30, 2017

New Jersey Versus Nova Scotia

The Maritime Executive: "Modifications made to Port of Newark include dredging the seafloor to just over 15.2 meters and raising the Bayonne Bridge to 65.5 meters above high tide, paving the way for 18,000 TEU container ships."

JaxPort to shorten dredging area, move TraPac Terminal

American Shipper: "When questioned about the option to raise the bridge rather than move the terminal, in a situation similar to the recent Bayonne Bridge project at the Port of New York and New Jersey, JaxPort said that it has a "previous, ongoing project to upgrade the ships' berths at Blount Island which will help to prepare for the movement of TraPac and the continued success of SSA"

20 Years Of E-Z Pass: New Jersey To NYC Toll Crossings

Hoboken, NJ Patch: "Use of the device has soared since its debut, officials said. These days, nearly 84 percent of all Port Authority bridges and tunnel traffic pays for the crossing with E-Z Pass, up from a mere 10 percent when the agency first installed and activated the E-ZPass system in June 1997 at the Bayonne Bridge."

Watch: Is Goethals Bridge demolition too close for comfort? He said after the most recent concrete falling from the Bayonne: "We suspended concrete demolition on that project and it will remain suspended indefinitely until the Port Authority and the contractor can come up with a safety plan that will prevent a similar incident from happening again."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Port Authority must fix problem of dangerous Bayonne Bridge debris (editorial) "Somebody could have gotten killed. It's as simple as that. That's the worst-cast scenario that we could have seen at the Bayonne Bridge the other day, when huge chunks of concrete rained down from the sky."

Spotted: Maher Terminals Welcomes Zim Antwerp

World Maritime News: "The 10,000 TEU containership Zim Antwerp owned by Israel’s shipping company ZIM passed on June 26 under the elevated Bayonne Bridge in New York, becoming the first vessel of such size to call Maher Terminals."

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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