By Scott Marlow
It seems that the Bayonne Bridge construction has hit its pinnacle and its neighbors are feeling the heat. Large cranes, loud sounds, and showers of paint chips are a daily experience for the residents of the Bridge’s surrounding neighborhoods, according to one resident who spoke at this month’s City Council meeting. Mark Orlowski of 1st Street expressed his concern to the City Council on Wednesday. Orlowski presented a plastic bag with a paint chip inside that he believes is lead based. He stated that he tried to file a criminal complaint against the Port Authority, but was turned away by City Hall. Council President Sharon Nadrowski offered no solution to Mr. Orlowski, either.
Other residents have also expressed their concerns to Bayonne Local. “This guy (Mayor Davis) promised me he would “take care” of us down here when he was running. Now he is mayor and we haven’t seen the guy” said one resident.
Bruce Piggot, of 46th Street, also expressed his concern about the Bridge. “Traffic is a nightmare in this town” Piggot said. “The City’s policies make no sense,” he added. Piggot was referring to the Mayor’s decision to “fast track” the turnpike construction, while the Bridge was being raised, and many other construction plans were underway.
The raising of the Bayonne Bridge is expected to be completed by early 2019, the Turnpike is expected to be done by fall 2018.