Over the next five years, NYNJ Link worked collaboratively with numerous government entities and other stakeholders to deliver the $US1.5 billion Goethals Bridge. The project was the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s first long-span bridge built in the region in 80 years.
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.