PA proposes new Goethals Bridge

August 14, 2008 11:26:10 AM PDT
Drawings of a new Goethals Bridge propose a wider span between northern New Jersey and Staten Island, with six lanes of traffic and bikeways.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released renderings Thursday of a proposed replacement for the 77-year-old span.

Motorists have complained for years about the existing bridge's 10-foot-wide lanes and lack of shoulders. About 80,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day.

The proposed rendering would create six lanes, each 12 feet wide, plus bike lanes in each direction.

The Port Authority hopes to begin awarding contracts to rebuild the bridge in 2011 and complete it by 2015. The agency has earmarked $1 billion for the project but does not have a final budget.

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