Effective Saturday, January 20, 2018, semi-trailers that qualify as:
- up to 73-1/2 feet in total length,
- not exceeding a total weight of 90,000 pounds, and
- carrying sealed shipping containers
will be allowed to utilize a specified route without daily over-dimensional permits from NYCDOT, as was previously required.
This rule provides a clearly defined, safe route for drivers to haul sealed containers to and from Global Container Terminal New York (GCTNY).
Truck drivers are advised to drive at a reduced speed limit of 10 MPH while exclusively using a specified network of highways and streets per the illustration provided.
Trucks must be on a trip that involves only the pickup or drop off of sealed shipping containers used for the transfer of freight transported in ocean-going commerce.
A sealed shipping container is defined as a container bearing:
- the seal of the United States Customs and Border Protection,
- the seal of another governmental agency, or
- the seal of the shipper.
Truckers crossing the Goethals Bridge must possess a valid Annual Ocean Borne Containerized Cargo Multiple-Trip permit from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and have it in their possession at the time of the transit.
Once a NJDOT annual permit is obtained, the trucker must also obtain a coterminous annual approval letter from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by submitting a request to SIBOperations@panynj.gov. (Please include a copy of the valid NJDOT permit and allow 3-5 business days for processing.)
Prior to crossing the Goethals Bridge, the trucker must contact the Staten island Bridge Communications Desk at 718-390-2501, 15-30 minutes prior to the desired crossing time to obtain permission. Again this must happen prior to crossing.
When crossing the Goethals Bridge, trucks must not exceed 10 MPH travel in the right lane, and maintain a minimum separation of 1,000 feet between their vehicle and another tractor trailer.
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