via James Yates/ Staten Island Advance
of NY The 81-year-old Bayonne Bridge is getting a face lift, and the whole world is invited to watch.
The Port Authority has set up a webcam for Staten Island residents and others who want to watch as the span’s roadway is raised 64 feet — to 215 feet above the Kill van Kull — to allow larger container ships to pass under it.
The webcam, which officially went live Thursday, refreshes every 15 minutes to provide an updated look at the $1.3 billion project. Users can also search select dates and times to see what has already occurred.
While the main construction isn’t scheduled to start until November, the Port Authority said workers are currently completing pre-construction surveying, soil boring tests and paint removal.
“We installed a webcam to document the construction of the new Bayonne Bridge roadway for two reasons: to keep the community informed and engaged on construction progress and to satisfy the environmental permit, which requires us to compile detailed documentation of the bridge given its historic significance,” P.A. senior public information officer Chris Valens said.
The existing road bed of the Bayonne will be removed by late 2015, and the entire project is expected to be complete by early 2017, Valens said.
To view the progress, visit panynj.gov/bayonnebridge and click on “WebCam.”
Meanwhile, the bridge will be closed to all traffic this Sunday between 7:30 and 10 a.m. for the BCB 4 Mile Bayonne Bridge Run.
Typically, 1,000 vehicles cross the Bayonne during that time, Valens said. Those motorists will be diverted to the nearby Goethals Bridge.
The free shuttle service that is being offered while the walkway is closed for construction will not be available between 8 and 10 o’clock that morning. It will resume at 10 a.m. in Bayonne and at 10:15 a.m. on the Island.
Normally, the shuttle service runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays. The buses, which are equipped with bike racks, leave Bayonne on the hour and half-hour at West Fourth Street. They leave Staten Island at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the hour at the Bayonne Bridge Administration Parking Lot, 70 Trantor Pl. The service is being offered May through October during the project.
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