Port Authority to award contracts for 3 bridges - My9 New Jersey

Port Authority to award contracts for 3 bridges

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three of the New York area's major bridges are set for facelifts totaling nearly $3 billion over the next few years.

Contracts for the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing are expected to be approved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at its monthly board meeting Wednesday.

The new Goethals Bridge will cost about $1.5 billion and feature wider travel lanes and pedestrian/bicycle access. Work is to begin later this year and the bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2016.

A $1.3 billion project will raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge by 64 feet to accommodate bigger cargo ships from the expanded Panama Canal by 2015.

Resurfacing on the Outerbridge Crossing is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

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