First Span of New Goethals Bridge Opens for Business

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) -
First, Span, New, Goethals Bridge, Opens for Business
The new and old Goethals Bridge connecting Elizabeth and Staten Island. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The first span of the new Goethals Bridge opened for business Saturday, with New York-bound drivers starting to cross shortly after 4 p.m. Many celebrated by honking their horns and giving bridge workers a thumbs up.

The new span’s New Jersey-bound lanes opened late Sunday afternoon.

The twin spans are replacing the 89-year-old bridge that connects Elizabeth with Staten Island. The second span will open in 2018. It’s the Port Authority’s first new bridge opening since the Bayonne Bridge was completed in 1931.

The new Goethals Bridge spans will each have three 12-foot lanes along with 12-foot outer shoulders and 5-foot inner shoulders.