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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD AUTHORIZES SANDY MITIGATION PROJECTS AT PATH, HOLLAND TUNNEL AND JFK

Date: Feb 16, 2017
Press Release Number: 26-2017

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized more than $77 million in flood protection and resiliency projects at major Port Authority assets throughout the region that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The projects include planning for permanent flood mitigation repairs to the Holland Tunnel, and project authorization for work at John F. Kennedy International airport and four PATH stations – Hoboken, Exchange Place, Grove Street and Newport – that sustained the heaviest damage when the historic surge of corrosive seawater flooded stations and tunnels built more than 100 years ago. The salt water caused extensive and, in some cases, irreparable damage to signal and communications equipment.

“Today is another key point in our recovery from Sandy. We have authorized the means to restore our facilities permanently, which also will create a more resilient and productive regional economy and transportation network,” said Board Chairman John Degnan.

“What happens in our Port District – and what happens to our Port District – impacts the nation,” said Executive Director Pat Foye. “The projects authorized today reflect the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps and the Port Authority’s own updated resiliency guidelines. We are restoring our facilities in ways that make them better and stronger and we are grateful to our federal partners for their essential support.”

Resiliency measures at PATH stations include flood protections totaling $26.7 million at Exchange Place; $12.6 million for the Newport station; $10.7 million for repairs to the Grove Street station entrances; and flood-proofing six sets of exterior stairs and the elevator at a combined cost of $13.3 million at the Hoboken Terminal, which sustained the most damage in the PATH system.

The authorization also includes almost $7 million in planning work for permanent repairs and restorations at the Holland Tunnel, a National Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Both the north and south tubes of the Holland were damaged severely by water entering through the New Jersey roadway portals and through the exhaust air duct system.

At John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), the Board authorized $7 million to install tide gates that will prevent flooding at the airport’s lowest elevations. During Sandy, the rising waters of Jamaica Bay and the Bergen Basin pushed salt water onto airport property.

Over the life of the construction, which is expected to take several years, these critical projects will generate a total regional economic impact of an estimated 3,230 jobs, $272 million in wages and $686.3 million in economic activity.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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