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October 22, 2014

Bayonne Bridge Updates

— A meeting will be set up with the Port Authority and the Bayonne Fire Inspector concerning the new mechanical building at Sixth Street and Avenue C.

— Assembly work continues on the gantry for the project. A crane will start constructing the new piers in early November.

The gantry carries pre-cast roadway slabs to the new piers. The crane height will start at 120 feet, and then grow to 300 feet once it gets closer to the Kill Van Kull.

The gantry base is at Sixth Street and extends the entire length of the bridge. Sometime this autumn, another crane will be in service working on the southern end of Bayonne near First Street.

— Verizon and Cablevision are installing new cables inside the street vaults. This operation will require a curb closure, and will consist of a utility truck and off-duty Bayonne police officers for the following streets: First Street, Gertrude Street, Third Street, Juliette Street, and Fourth Street.

The Port Authority provided a summary of the work activity around the various pier locations:

— Pier N2, located south of First Street at the shoreline: Sheeting is completed. Drill shaft work is in progress. Concrete work is complete and foundations are in place.

— Pier N3, located south of First Street: Drill shaft work is in progress.

— Pier N4, located south of First Street: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work is complete and foundations are in place.

— Pier N5, located south of First Street: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.

— Piers N6 and N7, between First and Second streets: Drill shaft work, excavation for 16 footings, and arsenic removal are all in progress. The Port Authority expects to be working in this area for several months.

— Pier N8, between Second and Gertrude streets, behind Ideal Windows: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.

— Pier N9, between Gertrude and Third streets, behind “The Bridge” indoor skate park: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.

— Pier N10, Third Street, south side: Pier demolition has been completed. Drill shaft work has been completed. Concrete work will follow.

— Pier N11, Third Street, north side: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.

— Pier N12, between Juliette and Fourth streets, Slootsky Park on the Juliette Street side: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work has been completed.

— Pier N13, between Juliette and Fourth streets, Slootsky Park on the Fourth Street side: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work has been completed.

— Pier N14, Margaret Street: Sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work has been completed. Pier erection has started.

— Any traffic holds and bridge closures for November will be announced by the Port Authority.

— A portion of West Third Street will be closed during work hours only into early November. A portion of West Fourth Street will continue to be closed until mid-December. For each street, while a portion of the road is closed, vehicles can continue to enter from Kennedy Boulevard or Avenue A for local access only. No through traffic can travel under the bridge.

— Juliette Street and Gertrude Street are open.

 

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