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Four Lanes Now Open On Revamped Bayonne Bridge

February 11, 2019 - 10:29 am
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BAYONNE, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- The main, four-lane roadway on the Bayonne Bridge reopened Monday, marking another milestone in the $1.7 billion project.

The steel arch span opened in 1931. Nearly a decade ago, the decision was made to preserve the iconic steel arch and elevate the deck 64 feet to accommodate large container ships coming to Port Newark and Port Elizabeth. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has seen port cargo volume increase since the bridge elevation was completed in 2017.

Residents endured noise and dust while drivers put up with closures and detours during the project.

Since February 2017, cars have been able to use one lane in each direction on the main roadway.

Now, with all four lanes open again the commute between New Jersey and Staten Island should be a little easier for drivers.

The project was initially expected to cost $1.3 billion but went over budget by about 25 percent. Port Authority officials conceded better oversight was needed in the project's few years.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)