Goethals Bridge

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Goethals Bridge
New Goethals Bridge from airplane cropped.jpg
Aerial view of the Goethals Bridge (top left) with the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge at bottom right
Coordinates40°38′10″N 74°11′49″W / 40.636°N 74.197°W / 40.636; -74.197Coordinates: 40°38′10″N 74°11′49″W / 40.636°N 74.197°W / 40.636; -74.197
Carries6 lanes of I‑278 (3 in each direction)
CrossesArthur Kill
LocaleElizabeth, New Jersey and Howland Hook, Staten Island, New York, United States
Maintained byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
ID number3800072
Characteristics
DesignCantilever bridge (Original)
dual-span cable-stayed twin bridge (New span)
Total length7,109 ft (2,167 m)[1]
Width62 ft (19 m)[1]
Longest span672 ft (205 m)[1]
Clearance above14 ft (4.3 m)
Clearance below140 ft (43 m)[1]
History
OpenedJune 29, 1928; 91 years ago (1928-06-29) (original span)
June 10, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-06-10) (new eastbound span)
May 21, 2018; 15 months ago (2018-05-21) (new westbound span)
ClosedJune 9, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-06-09) (original span)
Statistics
Daily traffic82,852 (2016)[2]
Toll(Eastbound only) As of August 29, 2019:
  • Cars $15.00 (cash)
  • $12.50 for Peak (E-ZPass)
  • $10.50 for Off-peak (E-ZPass)
  • $6.50 (when carpooling with three or more people with NY and NJ E-ZPass only)
  • $6.25 (New York or New Jersey issued E-ZPass with registered commuter plan and three or more trips into Staten Island, NY during a calendar month)
  • (Peak hours: Weekdays: 6-10 a.m., 4-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.)
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).[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 was replaced in 2018 and demolition began.[6] The new bridge will have pedestrian and bicycle access, which the old one lacked.[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 February 27, 2010.
  2. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes" (PDF). New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 11. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  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. June 30, 1928. p. 35.
  5. "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.
  6. Higgs, Larry (April 25, 2013). "Port Authority planning its first new bridge since 1930s". Asbury Park Press.
  7. "Bridges and Tunnels". Retrieved 2012-12-04.