Delayed Bayonne Bridge Project Impedes Port Activity

October 15, 2015

The $1.3 Bayonne Bridge elevation project, aimed at accommodating post-Panamaex vessels won’t be completed until 2017 according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, reports ABC News.

The project delay, which will raise the bridge by 64 feet, will prevent the East Coast’s busiest port from receiving larger ships. 

According to ABC, eastern ports including New York-New Jersey can currently accommodate ships with 8,500 to 9,000 TEU that come through the Suez Canal or from Europe.

The expanded canal will be able to accommodate ships with capacity up to 13,000 TEU, and a 2013 U.S. Department of Transportation study estimated the amount of cargo passing through the canal will double.