Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps – I-278 and U.S. Route 1 & 9 Interchange

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The purpose of the Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps (U.S. Route 1&9 and I-278 Interchange Ramps) Project (“Interchange Project”) is to complete the partial interchange of U.S. Route 1&9 and I-278 located in the city of Linden, New Jersey. Completion of this interchange will provide the missing travel movements between I-278 and U.S. Route 1&9 north of the Interchange, specifically, construction of two connector ramps and any related work as is necessary to provide a direct traffic connection from westbound I-278 to northbound Route 1 & 9, and from southbound Route 1 & 9 to eastbound I-278. The complete interchange will also improve overall traffic circulation and safety along local roadways to and from the Goethals Bridge and New Jersey (NJ) Turnpike Interchange 13 by shifting regional trips from local roadways (i.e. Bayway Avenue) to the regional highway system.

Based on the conceptual design and environmental analysis for the Interchange Project, NJDOT is also advancing and undertaking certain improvements at the Park Avenue intersection with U.S. Route 1&9, in an effort to improve traffic operations.  NJDOT will be responsible for all design, construction and costs for the work related to the improvements at the Park Avenue intersection.

The Interchange Project will be jointly managed by the Port Authority and NJDOT, in two phases, as follows:

  1. The Port Authority will provide primary management of the initial planning, environmental assessment and conceptual design effort in connection with the Interchange Project, in consultation with NJDOT, including analysis and preparation of information and documentation to be used by NJDOT in preparing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Report and Findings for the project.
  2. NJDOT will assume all management responsibilities for the following in connection with the Interchange Project, in consultation with, the Port Authority: preparing the NEPA documents in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and obtain a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD);  all preliminary and final design work; procurement of consultants to complete the environmental analysis and design work; preparing bid documents; procurement of the construction contract; Right-of-way (ROW)/real property acquisition; any and all relocation services; permitting; contract administration; and all construction work.  The Interchange Project is under the jurisdiction of NJDOT and will remain so throughout the project and after construction completion.

The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority, adopted a resolution authorizing the Port Authority to provide a total amount not to exceed $130 million, toward the cost of completing the Interchange Project.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The New Jersey Department of Transportation sponsored a Public Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Click here for more details.

Progress

The proposed project is currently in the conceptual design and related environmental study phase. Port Authority and New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) staff have evaluated a number of options and have established a preferred alternative that was presented at the public meeting on September 19, 2017 for feedback. As this project involves an Interstate highway, the environmental review will be conducted in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Federal Highway Administration’s implementing regulations.

Benefits

  • Improve through traffic on Bayway Avenue in Elizabeth and Park Avenue in Linden to and from the Goethals Bridge and New Jersey Turnpike Exit 13.
  • Reduce congestion and improve safety by shifting regional trips from local roadways (i.e. Bayway Avenue) to the regional highway system.
  • Reduce heavy truck volumes on local roadways.

FAQ

  1. What is the purpose of this project?
  2. How will the project be managed and what is the timing for the project?
  3. How much is the proposed project expected to cost?
  4. Who is funding the project?
  5. Will it be necessary to acquire any property for the project?
  6. What will be the impacts to my community and the environment during construction of the project?
  7. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project and provide input?
  8. Who can I call for project information?


  1. What is the purpose of this project?
    The purpose of the Goethals Bridge Interchange Ramps Project (“Interchange Project”) is to complete the partial interchange of U.S. Route 1&9 and I-278 located in the city of Linden, New Jersey. Completion of this interchange will provide the missing movements between I-278 and U.S. Route 1&9 north of the Interchange, specifically, construction of two connector ramps and any related work as is necessary to provide a direct traffic connection from westbound I-278 to northbound Route 1 & 9, and from southbound Route 1 & 9 to eastbound I-278. The complete interchange will also improve overall traffic circulation and safety along local roadways to and from the Goethals Bridge and New Jersey (NJ) Turnpike Interchange 13 by shifting regional trips from local roadways (i.e. Bayway Avenue) to the regional highway system.

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  2. How will the project be managed and what is the timing for the project?
    The Interchange Project will be jointly managed by the Port Authority and NJDOT, in two phases, as follows:
    1. The Port Authority will provide primary management of the initial planning, environmental assessment and conceptual design effort in connection with the Interchange Project, in consultation with NJDOT, including analysis and preparation of information and documentation to be used by NJDOT in preparing the NEPA Report and Findings for the project.
    2. NJDOT will assume all management responsibilities for the following in connection with the Interchange Project, in consultation with, the Port Authority: preparing the NEPA documents in consultation with the FHWA and obtain a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD);  all preliminary and final design work; procurement of consultants to complete the environmental analysis and design work; preparing bid documents; procurement of the construction contract; ROW/real property acquisition; any and all relocation services; permitting; contract administration; and all construction work.  The Interchange Project is under the jurisdiction of NJDOT and will remain so throughout the project and after construction completion.
    The Interchange Project is currently in the latter stages of the first phase, with the second phase anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2018.


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  3. How much is the proposed project expected to cost?
    Port Authority is authorized to provide a total amount not to exceed $130 million towards the completion of the Interchange Project.

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  4. Who is funding the project?
    The Interchange Project is being funded by the Port Authority pursuant to Board authorization.

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  5. Will it be necessary to acquire any property for the project?
    Right-of-way acquisition has been identified as part of the environmental review process. Construction of the Preferred Alternative would require acquisition of private property. Impacts to private property will be evaluated in the environmental review process.

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  6. What will be the impacts to my community and the environment during construction of the project?
    Any community and/or environmental impacts — whether beneficial or adverse — that may result from the proposed project will be identified, along with proposed measures to mitigate or reduce any potential adverse impacts, during the environmental review process.

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  7. How can I stay informed on the progress of this project and provide input?
    We encourage you to sign up to receive periodic project updates by clicking on this link and checking this website for updates, which will be provided during the portion of the project dedicated to environmental review. The public will have the opportunity to participate in public meetings and to provide comments at those meetings. Additionally, you can email us at the Port Authority at http://www.panynj.gov/feedback. Public input is encouraged and will be considered during the environmental review phase and throughout all subsequent project phases. Upon completion of the environmental review process, online inquiries will transfer to NJDOT.

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  8. Who can I call for project information?
    Bill Young, of the Port Authority's Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department, at 212-435-2199.

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Contact Us

You can send us your feedback at www.panynj.gov/feedback or call 212-435-2199.


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