A preliminary application has been received by the Commander, First Coast Guard District from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for a U. S. Coast Guard Bridge Permit for modification to the Bayonne Bridge across Kill Van Kull between Staten Island, NY and Bayonne, NJ. PANYNJ proposes to increase the navigational clearance beneath the bridge by raising the vehicular roadway within the existing tied arch truss structure.
As the bridge permit is the major federal action in this undertaking, the Coast Guard has assumed the responsibility of federal lead agency pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). The level of environmental processing is undetermined at this time; therefore, the Coast Guard has initiated a scoping process to help identify issues and impacts to be addressed in the ensuing Environmental Assessment.
Interested parties are requested to express their views, in writing, on the proposed Bayonne Bridge project and the Coast Guard’s environmental process. Comments will be received for the record at the above address through December 9, 2011.
A NEPA Workplan for the proposed Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program can be viewed at the previous link.