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Goethals Bridge
New Goethals Bridge from airplane cropped.jpg
Aerial view of the Goethals Bridge (top left) with the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge at bottom right
Coordinates 40°38′10″N 74°11′49″W / 40.636°N 74.197°W / 40.636; -74.197
Carries 6 lanes of I-278 (3 in each direction), pedestrians, and cyclists
Crosses Arthur Kill
Locale Elizabeth, New Jersey and Howland Hook, Staten Island, New York, United States
Maintained by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
ID number 3800072
Design Cantilever bridge (Original)
dual-span cable-stayed twin bridge (New span)
Total length 7,109 ft (2,167 m)
Width 62 ft (19 m)
Longest span 672 ft (205 m)
Clearance above 14 ft (4.3 m)
Clearance below 140 ft (43 m)
Opened June 29, 1928; 96 years ago (1928-06-29) (original span)
June 10, 2017; 7 years ago (2017-06-10) (new eastbound span)
May 21, 2018; 6 years ago (2018-05-21) (new westbound span)
Closed June 9, 2017; 7 years ago (2017-06-09) (original span)
Daily traffic 82,852 (2016)
Toll (Eastbound only) As of August 29, 2019:
  • Cars $15.00 (cash)
  • $12.50 for Peak (E-ZPass)
  • $10.50 for Off-peak (E-ZPass)
  • $6.50 (when carpooling with three or more people with NY and NJ E-ZPass only)
  • $6.25 (New York or New Jersey issued E-ZPass with registered commuter plan and three or more trips into Staten Island, NY during a calendar month)
  • (Peak hours: Weekdays: 6-10 a.m., 4-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.)

The Goethals Bridge is a cantilever bridge that connects Elizabeth, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. It was designed by John Alexander Low Waddell, who also designed the Outerbridge Crossing, and built by the Port of New York Authority (now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey). It opened on June 29, 1928, the same day that the Outerbridge Crossing opened. It was named after George Washington Goethals, who looked over the construction of the Panama Canal and was the first consulting engineer of the Port Authority.

The bridge of one of three bridges that connect Staten Island with New Jersey. The other bridges are the Outerbridge Crossing and the Bayonne Bridge in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The bridge was replaced in 2018 with a pair of cable stayed bridges and the old bridge was demolished soon after. The new bridge currently has pedestrian and bicycle access, which the old one lacked.

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