New roadway on elevated Bayonne Bridge set for full opening

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The main, four-lane roadway on the Bayonne Bridge is scheduled to open Monday, making another milestone in the $1.7 billion project.

The bridge deck was elevated 64 feet to enable larger ships to serve the ports of New Jersey, while cars still used the lower span. Once the upper roadway was completed, the lower span was removed. Since February 2017, cars have been able to use one lane in each direction on the main roadway. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has seen port cargo volume increase since the bridge elevation was completed in 2017. 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.