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Bayonne Bridge Project Cost Rises Again

Friday, December 15, 2017

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The raising of the deck of the Bayonne Bridge, between Bayonne, New Jersey, and Staten Island, is getting closer to completion, but the cost of the job keeps going up.

The so-called “Raise the Roadway” project, aimed at increasing the navigational clearance in the Kill van Kull strait from 151 feet to 215 feet, began in 2013 and is slated for completion in 2019. A new deck was built above the original, while the arch itself remained intact and traffic continued useing the lower deck.

Bayonne Bridge with two decks
ArnoldReinhold, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" project, seen here in late 2016 when both decks were standing at once, is now nearly $400 million over its original projected cost.

The new deck opened to traffic in February and the old deck was removed by June, leading to the certification of the new, higher clearance.

Millions in Overruns

The job was originally estimated at about $1.3 billion and the old deck was scheduled to be demolished in 2016, but a number of setbacks meant delays to the timeline and rising costs.

The latest cost estimate for the project is $1.692 billion, as revealed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last week—a $38 million increase over the agency’s most recent prior estimate, and an overage of about 30 percent compared with the original price tag.

According to, Port Authority officials blamed the cost overrun on design changes and unanticipated construction work—issues that could have been avoided with better agency oversight. The Port Authority reportedly increased its scrutiny of the project after the target date for the removal of the old deck was pushed back in 2015, from the original 2016 date to late 2017.

At the time, the Port Authority blamed the delays on “the harsh winter of 2014-2015; changes in project staging to address community concerns and reduce construction impacts overnight; modifications to the existing steel arch to ensure safety and allow traffic to continue during construction; as well as complicated steel reinforcement activities that required additional repairs and modifications.”

The project then kicked into overdrive, eventually moving the milestone up to June.

More Improvements Coming

The bridge's new deck is open to only limited traffic now; when the project is complete, it will feature two lanes in each direction along with a mixed-use path. The design allows for a possible future expansion by two lanes of traffic or light-rail lanes.

A joint venture that incudes Skanska Koch and Kiewit Infrastructure is carrying out the project.

The Bayonne Bridge, completed in 1931, was designed by Othmar Amman, and at the time was the world’s longest steel arch bridge. It is now the fifth-largest.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Construction; Contractors; Funding; Government contracts; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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