TRANSPORTATION

Ceremony marks completion of $1.7 billion Bayonne Bridge project

A six-year project to raise a major roadway has finally come to a close.

The Port Authority and elected officials held a rededication ceremony for the Bayonne Bridge on Friday to mark the official completion of the $1.7 billion project.

Construction began in 2013 to raise the 90-year-old span’s roadbed by 64 feet to accommodate larger ships and fuel growth at the Port of New York and New Jersey cargo terminals.

“Infrastructure and moving both people and things around is not of just passing interest for New Jersey, it’s existential,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “This extraordinary span behind us, both for the folks who go over it, as well as the things and ships that go under it, this is a game changer.”

The bridge opened to two-way traffic in February. The Port Authority announced it had completed a pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians in May.