Friday is the last day for the Goethals Bridge.
The 89-year-old span that connects Elizabeth, New Jersey, with Staten Island, New York, will be replaced by twin spans. New York-bound traffic will use the first of the twin spans Saturday afternoon. New Jersey-bound lanes will open late Sunday afternoon. The second of the twin spans will open in 2018.
The new Goethals Bridge spans will each have three 12-foot lanes along with 12-foot outer shoulders and 5-foot inner shoulders.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the $1.5-billion, cable-stayed crossing is the agency’s first new bridge opening since the Bayonne Bridge was completed in 1931.