US car traffic is constantly increasing, and to cover the need for highways, the ‘Goethals’ Bridge was created. Its identification number is 3800072. The bridge consists of two cable-stayed bridge spans that connect ‘Elizabeth’, New Jersey and Staten Island. The bridge crosses the ‘Arthur Kill’ strait.
The ‘Goethals’ Bridge was created as a replacement for the old cantilever bridge, which was built in 1928. A noteworthy detail is that the cantilever crossing is one of the first facilities put up by the port authorities.
The ‘Goethals’ Bridge replaced three ferry crossings. Connecting to the New Jersey Turnpike, the bridge was one of the main routes to meet traffic conditions between New Jersey and Brooklyn via the Staten Island highway.
Some historical facts about the ‘Goethals’ Bridge
The city council redeveloped the bridge into Interstale 278. The bridge was given its current name in honor of George Washington Goethals, the historical figure. Major General supervised the Panama Canal construction, became a consulting engineer for the Port Authority.
The crossing project has been expanded - in 2013 the Port Authorities approved the construction of two additional cable-stayed crossings running parallel to the old cantilever bridge. The first new eastern span was put into service in 2017. John Alexander Law Weddell's old cantilever span was removed in 2018 and the western span opened to replace it. In 2018, the ‘Goethals’ Bridge received the prestigious ‘ENR New York Project of the Year’ award.
The main transport crossing span has a length of 270 m, three traffic lanes, the total number of lanes is six. The total length of the ‘Goethals’ bridge is over 2.1 thousand kilometers, the width is 19 m. The longest span is 205 m.
Every day, over 82,000 vehicles of various types, including trucks, pass through the ‘Goethals’ crossing. Depending on the vehicle class, the appropriate amount of toll is charged. The fare is paid automatically via E-ZPass.