Christie, Cuomo announce three bridge projects

Gov. Chris Christie and New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo jointly announced bridge reconstruction projects they say will create hundreds of jobs and spur more than $2.5 billion in economic activity for the region.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was granted approval to overhaul three bridges that connect Staten Island with the Garden State. The projects include the construction of a replacement bridge and also raising the roadway of another bridge, the governors announced Wednesday.

The projects are expected to create 5,000 construction jobs and more than $600 million in wages, officials said.

“These projects are tremendously important to New Jersey and the region,” Christie said in a statement.

 “They will put thousands of hardworking men and women to work, secure the Port of New York and New Jersey’s role as the premier port and economic engine of the East Coast, and provide New Jersey residents with modern bridge spans that will improve safety and benefit commuters for years to come,” he said.

The bridges slated for improvements are the Goethals Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing.

Replacement of the Goethals Bridge will be done through a public-private partnership and construction on all three projects will begin this year.

The costs involve $1.5 billion for the Goethals Bridge, $1.2 billion for the Bayonne Bridge, and a contract is to be awarded for the Outerbridge project.  

Christie, Cuomo announce three bridge projects