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Port Authority of NY-NJ awards $3B in bridge contracts

This week the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey awarded almost $3 billion in construction contracts to replace and renovate three bridges that connect New Jersey and Staten Island, including a Bayonne Bridge renovation that will improve access to container terminals at three locations.

The $1.29 billion Bayonne Bridge project will raise the bridge roadway in order to expand shipping access to container terminals in Newark, Elizabeth and Staten Island. Skanska Koch Inc. and Kiewit Infrastructure Company will raise the height of the roadway by 64 feet, to 215 feet above the Kill van Kull, to accommodate the world's largest container carriers.

Part of the $1.29 billion will be used to resurface the Outerbridge Crossing.

The other project involves the $1.5 billion replacement of the Goethals Bridge, awarded to a consortium known as NYNJ Link Partnership as part of a public private partnership.

"These projects are tremendously important to New Jersey and the region," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a joint statement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "They will put thousands of hard-working men and women to work, secure the Port of New York and New Jersey's role as the premier port and economic engine of the East Coast, and provide New Jersey residents with modern bridge spans that will improve safety and benefit commuters for years to come."

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