215 feet The design for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project began in 2011, and building began in 2013. The plan planned for upgrading the roadbed to a height of 215 feet above the river, then demolishing the old roadbed. A new bridge would be built at that location, replacing both the old bridge and the associated roadway.
The new bridge was expected to be completed in 2016, but it wasn't until months later when work finally started on the new bridge. Demolition of the old bridge began in March 2015 and was finished by November.
The new bridge opened in 2017.
Number of stories: 2
Size of project: 25 acres
Project cost: $240 million
Start date: June 2012
End date: N/A
Recipient: New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
Address: 1 South Waterfront Plaza, Bayonne, NJ 07302-2207
Phone numbers: 201-935-3000
EarthCam video snapshot of the Bayonne Bridge project The roadbed of the arch bridge was elevated by 64 feet between 2013 and 2019, increasing from 151 to 215 feet, to better safely enable the passage of huge cargo ships moving below. Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.
The longest suspension bridge in New Jersey is also one of the most unusual structures in the world. The Bayonne Bridge is an arch bridge that crosses the Kill van Kull near Bayonne, New Jersey. It connects mainland Hudson County with Staten Island.
It has been called the "Worst-Paid" bridge because its drivers make some of the highest wages in the nation. They can earn up to $150,000 a year driving across it. But those salaries don't come close to covering the cost of maintenance for this bridge—which totals about $1 million per year.
In order to pay for this expense, each driver's license plate includes a small fee designed to cover the cost of maintaining the bridge. These fees generate about $750,000 a year. In addition, the tolls collected on the bridge help defray some of these costs.
When the bridge first opened in 1964, it used circular arches instead of the more common Pratt or Warren truss designs. Engineers at the time were trying to create a bridge that would look good on film while still providing adequate support for heavy traffic.
A timetable for the Bayonne Bridge "Elevate the Roadway" project, which would raise the bridge from 151 to 215 feet to allow big cargo boats to cross. The dates are based on information from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and reporting by The Jersey Journal and New Jersey Advance Media.
The Bayonne Bridge is one of three parallel bridges over the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey, along with the George Washington and Lincoln Tunnels. The others are the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge in Manhattan.
The Bayonne Bridge was built in 1931-1937 as part of a program to connect New Jersey with its harbor by highway. It replaced an earlier suspension bridge that had been destroyed by fire. At the time it was built, the Bayonne Bridge was the longest continuous truss span in the world. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.
The original design called for the bridge to be 200 feet high, but construction costs prevented this from happening. The final height is 151 feet, making it the lowest of the three Hudson River bridges.
The Bayonne Bridge carries six lanes of traffic across the width of the city. There are two travel lanes in each direction, with a center turn lane in some places. The bridge also has sidewalks on both sides for use by pedestrians.
Bridge of Bayonne/Clearance (66 m) and Tower (115 m). The longest suspension bridge in Europe when it was completed in 1963. It forms part of the A7 motorway across France from Marseille to Madrid.
The Bayonne Bridge is one of the most distinctive landmarks in New Jersey, USA. Opened on October 4, 1963, it is the world's third-longest suspension bridge (after the Forth Bridge in Scotland and the Golden Gate Bridge in California). The main span measures 1410 feet (420 meters), making it at the time quite a feat of engineering. The bridge connects Bayonne with its neighboring city across the Hudson River: New York City.
It has been called the "Stratford" of New Jersey because of its location near where the first European settlers arrived in 1664. The community was then named Stratford after William Shakespeare, but this name was changed to Bayonne after the bridge was built. Today, more than half of all vehicles crossing the bridge are heavy trucks so it makes sense that it is designated as a major road. In addition, the bridge serves as an entrance into New Jersey for tourists from nearby Manhattan who want to see the Garden State.
The main bridge is 225 feet long and provides 65 feet of vertical clearance and 180 feet of horizontal clearance across the Intracoastal Waterway. The average span is 136 feet. The bridge was built in 25 months and opened to traffic five months ahead of schedule. It has been named one of the 11 greatest engineering projects in U.S. history by National Geographic.
The Mid-Bay Bridge is a parallel bridge that does not connect to the main bridge but instead goes over Fort McHenry near Baltimore. It is only about 100 feet long but serves as an access bridge for fishing boats at the foot of North Point Boulevard in Francis Scott Key Park. The original Mid-Bay Bridge was completed in 1873 at a cost of $150,000 ($1.5 million in today's dollars).
The current Mid-Bay Bridge was built in 1958 by the Henry J. Kaiser Company. It replaced an earlier wooden bridge that had been damaged by hurricane damage in 1955. The new steel bridge was designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 165 miles per hour. It has two 12-foot wide travel lanes and two 10-foot wide parking lanes with room for vehicles to pass each other on both sides. There are also two 9-foot wide bicycle lanes and two 3-foot wide pedestrian paths. The total length of the new bridge is just under one mile with its center section being approximately 400 feet long.