Raise the Roadway

 In Industry Insider, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.

by Alison Stoll, Ocean Export Operations

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has launched a multi-million dollar rebuilding project to raise the roadbed in the existing arch of the Bayonne Bridge. The Bridge will be raised in order to accommodate the larger Panamax ships that will emerge with the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015. The project has been named “Raise the Roadway” and is expected to begin by the end of 2013.

The Bayonne Bridge connects Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. It is currently the fifth longest steel arch bridge in the world and spans the Kill Van Kull. Container ships pass under it on the way to and from Newark Bay. The current clearance for container ships is between 151 to 156 feet. The roadbed will be raised by 64 feet, which will increase the Bridge’s clearance to 215 feet.

The increase in air draft will allow the Port of New York and New Jersey to benefit from the increasingly larger and environmentally beneficial vessels, to reach the port’s main terminals. These 7,000 TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) and larger vessels are expected to produce cost savings that will flow through the supply chain and ultimately result in lower consumer prices. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that raising the Bridge would produce a $3.3 billion dollar national benefit, as 12 % of all U.S. international containers pass under the bridge.

The company, who has been awarded the contract, plans to build a new roadway above the existing roadway within the current arch structure. Once the new roadway has been completed, the existing roadway will then be removed. The Port Authority expects the project to be completed by late 2016. The removal of the existing roadway would be completed by late 2015, in time for the opening of the widened Panama Canal.

Watch the demonstration video on how it’ll be done!