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The Port of New York and New Jersey continued its upward trend for cargo volumes by setting new monthly records in overall volume and rail lifts while trumping last year’s overall volumes for the month of May. Overall lifts for May 2015 were recorded at 322,681, or 12.1 percent better than overall lifts recorded in May 2014. This number sets a new monthly record for the port, which, year-to-date is ahead of 2014 volumes by 11.4 percent. With 162,851 lifts, May’s import loads outperformed import loads in May 2014 by 12.7 percent. Year-to-date import loads lead the same period for 2014 by 11.7 percent. AtRead More →

Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Brooklyn waterfront

Port Authority officials recently joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials to announce an action aimed at revitalizing the Brooklyn waterfront. On June 29, 2015, officials celebrated commencement of a new container-on-barge service between the Port Authority’s Port Newark Container Terminal and the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, which should be operational before the end of the summer. This initiative takes places under the auspices of the U.S.  Maritime Administration’s “America’s Marine Highway Program”, a federal initiative to integrate the nation’s 29,000 nautical miles of navigable waterways into the overall U.S. transportation network. Ultimately, container-on-barge service contributes to tangibleRead More →

GWB Traffic Signals

At their meeting on June 25, 2015, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a $65.1 million project to overhaul signage for the George Washington Bridge. The action entails upgrading and replacing the current Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) with variable message signs, vehicle detectors, traffic cameras, travel time readers, and a weather information station that connects to the TRANSCOM network. TRANSCOM is a consortium that operates a regional traffic management system and provides information to all member agencies for radio reports, highway signs, traffic apps, and other methods of dissemination. Prior to this action, the Board of Commissioners approved the replacement of 15 obsolete variableRead More →

George Washington Bridge Upper Level Structural Steel

On June 17, 2015, the Port Authority announced the completion of an $82 million state-of-good-repair project to replace the steel deck panels on the George Washington Bridge’s upper level. Initiated in 2012, this effort required nightly closings for three of the four upper-level lanes on either the westbound or the eastbound sides of the bridge. Those lane closings are now over. The project involved replacing 362, 6-foot steel panels on the upper-level deck as well as support structure on the bridge. Estimates say this work should extend the life of the roadway deck by 15 to 20 years. Deck components the project replaced were installedRead More →

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a project to upgrade a section of Port Jersey Boulevard on July 23, 2014. Port Jersey Boulevard functions as the main access road to the Global Container Terminal in Jersey City. The section to be upgraded runs through Jersey City, NJ and will allow the port to accommodate future cargo growth while providing environmental benefits. Specifically, the project will provide better access and egress to Port Jersey and Global Container Terminal. It will include: a new left turn lane and entrance to the BMW auto processing facility (to handle additional traffic volume), realignment and repaving of Port JerseyRead More →