Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has advised the City of Bayonne concerning the latest developments in the Bayonne Bridge construction project.
The assembly of the gantry is 90% complete. Testing of the gantry is tentatively scheduled to start on Monday, November 24. This gantry will carry the pre-cast roadway slabs to the new piers. The piers are the columns that will hold up the roadway. 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 6th Street and travels the entire length of the bridge. Sometime this fall, another crane will be in service working on the south end of Bayonne near 1st Street.
Verizon and Cablevision continue installation of new cables inside street vaults. This work will require a curb closure and will involve a utility truck and off-duty Bayonne police officers for the following streets: 1st Street, Gertrude Street, 3rd Street, and Juliette Street. Work on 4th Street was completed on Friday, November 7. This utility cable work began in early September and will continue until late November.
The Port Authority updated the City of Bayonne on the work activity that has been completed or is in progress around the various bridge piers.
At Pier N2, located south of 1st Street by the shoreline, sheeting is completed. Drill shaft work is in progress in six places. The concrete work is complete and foundations are in place.
At Pier N3, located south of 1st Street, drill shaft work has been completed.
At Pier N4, south of 1st Street, sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work is complete and foundations are in place.
At Pier N5, south of 1st Street, sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.
At Piers N6 and N7, between 1st and 2nd Street, drill shaft work, excavation for sixteen footings, and arsenic removal are underway. The Port Authority will be working in this area for several months.
At Pier N8, between 2nd Street and Gertrude Street, and behind Ideal Windows, sheeting, drill shaft work, and concrete work have been completed.
At Pier N9, between Gertrude Street and 3rd Street, behind The Bridge indoor skate park, sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.
At Pier N10, by 3rd Street (south side), pier demolition has been completed. Drill shaft work has been completed. Concrete work is in progress.
At Pier 11, by 3rd Street (north side), sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work will follow.
At Pier N12, between Juliette Street and 4th Street, by Slootsky Park on the Juliette Street side, sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work is completed.
At Pier N13, between Juliette Street, by Slootsky Park on the 4th street side, sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work is completed. Pier erection will start after Thanksgiving.
At Pier N14, by Margaret Street, sheeting and drill shaft work have been completed. Concrete work is completed. Pier erection will start the week of November 17.
The Port Authority has announced that there will be periodic 20-minute traffic holds from November 19, 2014, through November 2015. They will take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Motorists and community members should sign up for e-alerts on the Port Authority website for real-time information and scheduling of 20-minute holds.
The last weekend bridge closure of the year 2014 took place from 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 17.
Juliette Street and Gertrude Street were closed during work hours through October 31.
Portions of West 4th Street will remain closed through mid-December. While this section of the roadway 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.