Video: Bayonne Bridge Roadway Gets a Lift

screen-shot-2016-08-15-at-9-45-01-amA video report recently posted by provides a tour of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge construction project, which began in 2013 and is “Raising the Roadway” without altering the bridge’s existing arch.

“One of the interesting things about the Bayonne Bridge is that, with most bridges you’re concerned primarily with traffic going over the bridge, with the Bayonne Bridge we’re just as concerned with traffic that’s passing beneath the bridge,” said Dennis Stabile, Port Authority program manager, Bayonne Bridge Program, according to

The project will lift the bridge deck 64 feet, from 151 feet to 215 feet, while keeping the bridge’s current arch in place. This will allow larger ships to access the ports of New York and New Jersey.

“We’re keeping the arch structure in place. It’s an historical arch. It’s in generally good condition,” Stabile told the news agency. “We’re rehabilitating it to add strength to the bridge, to the arch structure itself.”

During the first half of the year, the main span’s steel arch was strengthened and the steel towers were built. The components of the elevated steel deck began in the spring. Suspended floor beams were placed and the new suspender system was installed. Now, crews have started pouring concrete for the main span deck, beginning at the New Jersey tower.

According to the Port Authority, navigational clearance should be achieved by late 2017.

Bayonne ‘open for business’

HAIL TO THE CHIEF – For the second time in eight years, Matt Dorans has taken the helm at the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce. Read more: Hudson Reporter - Bayonne open for business Despite construction glitches new Chamber president says city has opportunities like never before

HAIL TO THE CHIEF – For the second time in eight years, Matt Dorans has taken the helm at the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce.

When Bayonne Chamber of Commerce President Vince Virga passed the torch of leadership to Matt Dorans recently it was a familiar scene, since it was Dorans who passed it to Virga four years ago.

But while only four years have passed, many impactful events have changed the landscape for business in Bayonne: a major storm that throttled and crippled the city, a change in municipal administration, and two new infrastructure programs that while they are good for the city, have presented their own challenges and opportunities.

So Dorans is hitting the ground running, building on what Virga achieved.

Saying that Virga reinvigorated the chamber, put it on the right track, and took it to a higher level, Dorans said he will keep involved members interested and energize others to participate.

“I think Vinnie’s biggest mantra was the involvement of the members,” Dorans said. “Get them involved, get their voices heard, and bring up the support of membership.”

Taking an already active board and opening it up to more and more members is job one for the new president. One of his first moves will be to take the monthly board meeting and open it to the general membership on an every-other-month basis.