Bayonne Bridge which connects New Jersey to Staten Island was officially reopened to drivers from Monday, after many years of construction to raise the bridge deck.
This construction project had started in 2013 and costed $1.3 billions. The bridge deck was raised 215 feet above the Kill van Kull which is 64 feet above the original deck. Now the bridge would allow bigger cargo ships to reach the New York city area port. The previous low height deck had limited the size of vessels that could pass underneath on their way to the ports of Newark and Elizabeth.
After reopening, Bayonne bridge will now use a cashless toll system. This new toll system uses a combination of EZ Pass and mailed tolls.
While most regular users of the bridge are thrilled that the roadway will open for good many others are concerned about the safety of the elevated roadway.
An other project which completed late last year, at a cost of $2.1 billion, had deepened navigation channels in New York harbor in anticipation of the larger ships.
The larger ships are now expected to be able to pass underneath the bridge by later this year. The new roadway has wider lanes and it is the first Port Authority bridge to be using cashless tolls.