When asked years later why the Port Authority of NY & NJ began with the Outerbridge Crossing and the Goethals Bridge, instead of the Bayonne and George Washington bridges, general counsel Julius Henry Cohen replied, “We wanted to begin with something where we were most likely to succeed, and the smaller enterprise was the better one for the purpose. If we succeeded, the George Washington Bridge would surely come later.”
The Outerbridge Crossing opened to traffic on June 29, 1928, the same day as the Goethals Bridge. This marked the successful completion of the then-fledgling Port Authority’s first bistate development project. Originally called the Arthur Kill Bridge, it was later named in honor Eugenius H. Outerbridge, who was the Port Authority’s first chairman and one of the signers of the compact between New York and New Jersey that created the Port Authority. The span, which connects Perth Amboy, New Jersey, with Tottenville, Staten Island, is the outermost crossing in the port district, used by just over 30 million vehicles in 2008.
On the New York side, the Outerbridge Crossing leads to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge via the West Shore Expressway to the Staten Island Expressway (I-278). On the New Jersey side, it leads to the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) and the Garden State Parkway via State Highway 440.
E-ZPass, an electronic form of toll collection, first made its debut at Port Authority bridge and tunnel crossings at both Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge on July 14, 1997.
In 2003, the Outerbridge Crossing celebrated 75 years of service to the public. The Port Authority of NY & NJ is proud to continue to preserve, enhance, and invest in this important part of our legacy.
information from Port Authority NY/NJ
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