Press Release Article


Date: Jun 29, 2018
Press Release Number: 105-2018

Port Authority’s crossings are first two bridges built by the agency

The Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing – the first bridges built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – today mark their 90th year of serving the region’s millions of travelers.

The bridges, originally built to accommodate greatly increased interstate automobile traffic after World War I, both opened on the same day, June 29, 1928. Together, they are critical components of the Port Authority’s transportation network, handling more than 30 million vehicles combined each year.

Last month, the Port Authority completed a $1.5 billion project to build a new Goethals Bridge, the first new bridge built by the agency since 1931. Today, the bridge, which links Elizabeth, NJ and Staten Island, has three 12-foot lanes in each direction and expanded shoulders on each side to accommodate emergencies that may occur. The old bridge structure consisted of two 10-foot lanes and no shoulder.

The original Outerbridge Crossing structure still remains and is the outermost crossing in the Port District. Connecting Perth Amboy, NJ with Staten Island, it bears the name of Eugenius H. Outerbridge, the Port Authority's first chairman and one of the signers of the compact between New York and New Jersey that created the Port Authority.

Prior to the bridges’ unveiling, ferries served as the primary link for those crossing the Arthur Kill from New Jersey into Staten Island.

“It is an honor for all of us who work here at the Staten Island Bridges to operate and maintain these remarkable facilities,” said Staten Island Bridges General Manager Olga Krueger. “We are all committed to ensuring the bridges’ continued vitality and critical service to the region.”

Following are facts and figures about the Goethals Bridge:

  • Width of roadways: 53 feet in each direction
  • Length of bridge approach to approach
    • New Jersey approaches: 2,550 feet
    • New York approaches: 2,780 feet
  • Number of toll lanes: 8*
  • Channel clearance at mid-span: 138.5 feet minimum
  • Number of traffic lanes: Three 12-foot lanes in each direction, 12-foot outer shoulder, 5-foot inner shoulder
  • Handles more than 15 million vehicles annually

Following are facts and figures about the Outerbridge Crossing:

  • Width of roadway
    • Main span: 42 feet
    • Viaduct sections: 50 feet
  • Length of New Jersey viaduct: 4,578 feet
  • Length of Staten Island viaduct: 1,920 feet
  • Number of toll lanes: 7* (including 2 express lanes)
  • Channel clearance at midspan: 143 feet
  • Number of traffic lanes: 4
  • Handles over 15 million vehicles annually

To learn more about the history of the bridges, please visit for the Goethals Bridge and for the Outerbridge Crossing

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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

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