Council Member Joseph Borelli (R – South Shore) has received a response to his letter, signed and supported by Council Member Rose, Minority Leader Matteo, Borough President Oddo, Assembly Members Castorina, Malliotakis, Titone, and Cusick, Congress Member Dan Donovan, and State Senator Andrew Lanza, requesting that an official timeline be provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for the construction of a new bridge to replace the existing Outerbridge Crossing.
At the last meeting of the PANYNJ Board of Commissioners in March, a $9.2 million planning authorization was approved; this is the first step in the process of replacing the bridge. Additionally, over $200 million has been designated in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s current capital plan to fund the environmental impact study and preliminary design of the new bridge.
“I am very glad to hear the Port Authority has taken its first major step in our shared goal of replacing the Outerbridge Crossing. It has served us well for nearly one hundred years, but as Staten Island and New Jersey drivers can attest, its time has come. We look forward to hearing more about the timeline and the environmental reviews,” said Council Member Joseph Borelli, Minority Whip.
To view the letter Council Member Borelli sent, click here.
To view the letter sent by Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton, click here.