The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has advised the City of Bayonne that the Bayonne Bridge will be closed during the second weekend in September. The closure will begin on Friday evening, September 12, at 9:00 p.m. The bridge will remain closed throughout the weekend. The Bayonne Bridge will re-open on Monday morning, September 15, at 5:00 a.m.
The weekend closure will facilitate the Port Authority’s “Raise the Roadway” construction project on the bridge. During the closure of the Bayonne Bridge, motorists should use alternate routes for travel to and from Staten Island.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has advised the City of Bayonne of various developments in the Bayonne Bridge construction project.
Construction continues on the mechanical building that is located at 6th Street and Avenue A. Last week, contractors worked on connecting the building’s water line.
The mechanically stabilized earth wall that runs from 6th Street to Margaret Street is almost complete.
The footings for the project’s gantry are complete. Assembly of the gantry is taking place the second week of September. The gantry is expected to be in service constructing the new pier structures in early November. The piers are columns that support the approaches to the bridge. The gantry’s role is to carry pre-cast concrete slabs to the new piers. There will be a 330-ton crane working to build the gantry and then will be used for pier construction. The crane height will start at 120 feet and then grow to 300 feet once it gets closer to the Kill Van Kull. The base is at 6th Street and travels the entire length of the bridge. During the autumn, a second crane is expected to arrive and work the southern section of the bridge, and will also be used for pier construction.
The J. Fletcher Creamer Company has been working with Verizon and Cablevision on building wire vaults. These vaults have been completed on 1st Street, Gertrude Street, 3rd Street, Juliette Street, and 4th Street. Verizon and Cablevision will install new cables inside the street vaults on these same streets. Curb closures will be required. Off-duty police officers will assist.
Sheet pile work for support structures has finished until next year. Pier N6 (north of 1stStreet) and Pier N7 (between 1st and 2nd Street) sheet pile work finished in late August.
Drill shaft work started last week for sixteen footings. This work will continue for several months.
Excavation work is taking place for Pier N12 between Juliette Street and 4th Street. Other excavation is happening between 2nd Street and Gertrude Street. Work continues between Gertrude Street and 3rd Street removing existing concrete piers.
There were two rounds of water testing performed on the 5th Street sewer and water pipe on August 27 and September 3.
At the 4th Street guard booth, the Port Authority will install a power source and remove the generator.