Aerial view of the Goethals Bridge (top left) with the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge at bottom right
|Carries||6 lanes of I-278 (3 in each direction), pedestrians, and cyclists|
|Locale||Elizabeth, New Jersey and Howland Hook, Staten Island, New York, United States|
|Maintained by||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|Design||Cantilever bridge (Original)|
dual-span cable-stayed twin bridge (New span)
|Total length||7,109 ft (2,167 m)|
|Width||62 ft (19 m)|
|Longest span||672 ft (205 m)|
|Clearance above||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Clearance below||140 ft (43 m)|
|Opened||June 29, 1928 (original span)|
June 10, 2017 (new eastbound span)
May 21, 2018 (new westbound span)
|Closed||June 9, 2017(original span)|
|Daily traffic||82,852 (2016)|
|Toll||(Eastbound only) As of January 5, 2020:|
Location within 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). It opened on June 29, 1928, the same day that the Outerbridge Crossing opened. 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.
The bridge was replaced in 2018 with a pair of cable stayed bridges and the old bridge was demolished soon after. The new bridge currently has pedestrian and bicycle access, which the old one lacked.
References[change | change source]
- "Facts & Info - Goethals Bridge". Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
- "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 11. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
- 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.
- "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. June 30, 1928. p. 35.
- "Happy Bridge Birthday". Staten Island Advance. June 27, 2008. 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.
- Higgs, Larry (April 25, 2013). "Port Authority planning its first new bridge since 1930s". Asbury Park Press.
- "Bridges and Tunnels". Retrieved 2012-12-04.
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