Coast Guard Seeks Bayonne Bridge Comments

Coast Guard Seeks Bayonne Bridge Comments

Bayonne Bridge.

The Coast Guard has scheduled public hearings and is seeking comments on its draft environmental assessment for raising the Bayonne Bridge to allow larger ships to serve container terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Public hearings are scheduled Feb. 5 in Bayonne, N.J., and Feb. 7 in Staten Island, N.Y., on the draft environmental assessment. The Coast Guard is accepting written comments until Feb. 18.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has allocated $1 billion for raising the vertical clearance under the Bayonne Bridge to 215 feet from its current 151 feet.

The existing clearance is too low for large container ships serving terminals in the Port Newark-Elizabeth complex in New Jersey and and New York Container Terminal on Staten Island.