Goethals Bridge

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Goethals Bridge
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The Original Goethals Bridge, seen from Staten Island
Coordinates 40°38′09″N 74°11′49″W / 40.6358°N 74.1969°W / 40.6358; -74.1969Coordinates: 40°38′09″N 74°11′49″W / 40.6358°N 74.1969°W / 40.6358; -74.1969
Carries 4 lanes of I‑278
Crosses Arthur Kill
Locale Elizabeth, New Jersey and Howland Hook, Staten Island, New York, United States
Maintained by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
ID number 3800072
Characteristics
Design Cantilever bridge (Original)
dual-span cable-stayed twin bridge (New span)
Total length 7,109 ft (2,167 m)[1]
Width 62 ft (19 m)[1]
Longest span 672 ft (205 m)[1]
Clearance above 14 ft (4.3 m)
Clearance below 140 ft (43 m)[1]
History
Opened June 29, 1928; 89 years ago (1928-06-29) (Original Span)
June 10, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-06-10) (New span; Eastbound)
June 11, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-06-11) (New span; Westbound)
Closed June 9, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-06-09) (Original Span)
Statistics
Daily traffic 78,291 (2010)[2]
Toll (eastbound only) As of 6 December 2015; Cars $15 for cash, $12.50 for Peak (E-ZPass), $10.50 for off-peak (E-ZPass)
Goethals Bridge is located in New Jersey
Goethals Bridge
Goethals Bridge
Location in New Jersey and New York
Goethals Bridge is located in New York City
Goethals Bridge
Goethals Bridge
Location in New Jersey and New York
Goethals Bridge is located in New York
Goethals Bridge
Goethals Bridge
Location in New Jersey and New York
Goethals Bridge is located in the US
Goethals Bridge
Goethals Bridge
Location in New Jersey and New York

The Goethals Bridge is a cantilever bridge that connects Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. It was designed by John Alexander Low Waddell, who also designed the Outerbridge Crossing, and built by the Port of New York Authority (now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).[3] It opened on June 29, 1928, the same day that the Outerbridge Crossing opened.[4] It was named after George Washington Goethals, who looked over the construction of the Panama Canal and was the first consulting engineer of the Port Authority.[5] The bridge of one of three bridges that connect Staten Island with New Jersey. The other bridges are the Outerbridge Crossing and the Bayonne Bridge in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The bridge is planned to be replaced.[6] The new bridge will have pedestrian and bicycle access, which the Goethals Bridge does not currently have.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Facts & Info - Goethals Bridge". Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  2. "2010 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. Appendix C. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. Richman, Steven M. (2005). The Bridges of New Jersey: Portraits of Garden State Crossings. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. pp. 103–104. ISBN 0-8135-3510-7.
  4. "Two Bridges Open Over Arthur Kill. Traffic Between Staten Island and New Jersey Begins at 5 A.M. Without Ceremony. New Bus Service Starts. Borough President Lynch Will Ask Legal Action to Bar It as Bad for Business.". The New York Times: p. 35. June 30, 1928. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70F17F63558167A93C2AA178DD85F4C8285F9.
  5. "Happy Bridge Birthday". Staten Island Advance. June 27, 2008. http://www.silive.com/transportation/index.ssf/2008/06/happy_bridge_birthday.html. Retrieved 2010-09-16. "The Goethals Bridge, which links Elizabeth, N.J., with Mariners Harbor across the Arthur Kill, was named in memory of Major General George Washington Goethals. Goethals was the builder of the Panama Canal, and served as the first consulting engineer of the Port Authority."
  6. Higgs, Larry (April 25, 2013). "Port Authority planning its first new bridge since 1930s". Asbury Park Press. http://www.app.com/article/20130425/NJNEWS10/304250040/Port-Authority-planning-its-first-new-bridge-since-1930s.
  7. "Bridges and Tunnels". Retrieved 2012-12-04.