Upgrading a critical transport connection
Goethals Bridge serves as a critical transport connection between the states of New York and New Jersey. The original steel truss bridge opened in 1928 carrying prohibition-era cars between Staten Island and Elizabeth. The four 10-foot wide lanes on the original bridge had ample room for Model-T Fords, however, by 2013 it carried approximately 32 million vehicles annually, including heavy trucks.
The project to finance and build a replacement Goethals Bridge was the first Public Private Partnership for the Port Authority.
A task force approach to collaboration and innovation
Chris Christie, Former Governor of New Jersey1
Connecting two states and two cities
Connecting two states and two cities, the project had to consider the current and future needs of numerous stakeholders. This required extensive consultation with local authorities and commuters, as well as significant environmental protections for seasonal spawning fish in the river below and bird life in neighbouring wetlands.
The NYNJ Link consortium created a ‘task force’ environment with the Port Authority to tackle challenges large and small across planning, engineering design, management of existing traffic flows, scheduling of works and construction. The construction of the project saw over three million union craft hours recorded2.
This approach generated a number of innovations, including one of the most consequential elements in the bridge’s design – a dual-bridge solution, splitting the tower and separating the eastbound and westbound structures. This innovative design gives the structure a service life of 150 years. It also ensures that the bridge is designed to meet the evolving needs of the region, including future mass transit expansion.
Focused on current and future generations
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York3
Location United States
|$US1.5 billion||two span cabled stayed bridge|
|2,000 jobs||created with a positive safety record|
Recognised for innovation, collaboration and safety
The eastbound span of the new Goethals Bridge opened to traffic in June 2017, with the westbound span opened in May 2018. On completion, the project had injected over $US870 million in economic activity to the area4.
The Goethals Bridge Replacement Project has been recognised for its innovation, collaboration and safety record. It was chosen unanimously by judges of the Engineering News Record Awards to be New York’s ‘Project of the Year’ for 20185. It was also named New York’s ‘Best Project’ in the highway/bridge category and won the ‘Excellence in Safety’ award5.
The project has also been recognised with a ‘Diamond Award’ from the American Council of Engineering Companies6, a ‘Gold Award’ from P3 Awards7 and two ‘Grand Awards’ from the American Concrete Institute8 and the Concrete Industry Board9. The New Jersey Alliance for Action also named the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project ‘Best Infrastructure Project’10.
Easing congestion and creating safer roads
Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey3
All information current as at 31 March 2019, unless otherwise stated.
1 Press Release, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
2 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
3 Press Release, Governor of New York
4 Press Release, Governor of New Jersey
5 New York’s 2018 Best Projects Awards, Engineering News Record
6 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards, American Council of Engineering Companies
8 55th Annual NJ Concrete Awards, American Concrete Institute
9 2018 Annual Awards, Concrete Industry Board
10 2014 New Jersey Alliance for Action Awards, New Jersey Alliance for Action