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Public Meeting on NJ Turnpike Extension in Bayonne Scheduled for May 28

NJ Turnpike Extension Meeting

Join the NJ Turnpike Authority’s open house on May 28 in Bayonne to learn about the proposed Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension Improvements Program, including modernization plans and public participation opportunities.

Key Takeaways
  • The NJ Turnpike Authority will host an open house in Bayonne to discuss the proposed Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension Improvements Program.
  • The project aims to enhance safety, relieve congestion, and accommodate growth, including the construction of new twin cable-stayed bridges.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard extended the comment period for the $6.2 billion project until July 11 following a public request.

Turnpike Extension Plans: Public Info Session

Residents, public officials, and the small business community are invited to attend the second open house, formally called a Public Information Center, hosted by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson School #10, located at 101 W 56th St in Bayonne.

The purpose of this meeting is to share details about the proposed Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension Improvements Program.

Modernization and Safety Upgrades for Turnpike Extension

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has proposed a critical modernization and safety program aimed at rebuilding the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension.

The project includes significant updates, such as replacing the Vincent Robert Casciano Bridge, also known as the Newark Bay Bridge, with new twin cable-stayed bridges. Construction of the program’s first project is scheduled to begin in 2026 and is expected to last approximately 10 years.

According to supporters, these improvements will ensure safety and sustainability, relieve traffic congestion, support community growth, and address climate change impacts.

Public Weighs In on Turnpike Extension Plans

While Bayonne officials have expressed support for the project, officials and environmentalists from other parts of Hudson County have voiced opposition.

The upcoming public session provides an opportunity for attendees to speak one-on-one with program team members, ask questions, visit information stations, learn about employment and small business opportunities, and view a presentation by the NJ Turnpike Authority at 7:00 p.m.

Additionally, interpreters will be available to assist in Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic, and Polish.

Public Comment Period Extended for Turnpike Project

In a recent development, opponents of the $6.2 billion project to replace the Newark Bay New Jersey Turnpike extension successfully secured an extension for the public comment period. Initially set to last 30 days, the comment period will now extend to July 11.

This extension was granted following a request by John Reichman, an Empower NJ steering committee member, who emailed the Coast Guard on behalf of several groups.

In-Depth Look at Turnpike Improvement Plans

The Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension Improvements Program will involve rebuilding the entire 8.1-mile extension.

The first project focuses on the section between Interchange 14 in Newark and Interchange 14A in Bayonne and Jersey City, including constructing parallel cable-stayed bridges over Newark Bay.

The Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension plays a vital role in New Jersey’s economy by providing access to port facilities and thriving communities in the corridor,” said Turnpike Authority Executive Director James Carone.

The 16 bridges and viaducts between Interchanges 14 and 14A have reached the end of their useful lives. We look forward to explaining our plan to replace them with modern structures designed to last for the next 100 years or more.

Continued Public Engagement on Turnpike Project

The first public information center on project one was held in February in Newark, with a third session planned for Jersey City.

Details on the date, time, and location of the Jersey City meeting will be announced when available.

Future projects addressing other sections of the Extension will follow, with additional public information centers scheduled as they progress.

For those unable to attend in person, a virtual version of the information session is available online.

A draft Environmental Assessment of the improvements is also posted online and available at local libraries in Newark, Bayonne, and Jersey City.