Gov. Phil Murphy announced a series of infrastructure projects meant to support Newark’s port Tuesday.
The projects include a replacement of the Chestnut Street Bridge on Route 22, a $500 million lift-span bridge over the Hackensack River to replace the Route 7/Wittpenn Bridge and resurfacing on Route 27.
“I’m thrilled that these critical projects will further enhance regional operations and contribute to a stronger, more modern infrastructure that will both deliver safer roads and bridges as well as fuel our state’s economic recovery — not just as we work toward the end of the pandemic, but for decades to come,” the governor said. “In doing so, the jobs here at the Port, and the jobs created by the infrastructure projects around us will help ensure a stronger, fairer, and more resilient post-COVID economy.”
The city’s port was one of the busiest in the nation last year, falling second only to the Port of Los Angeles. Newark’s port has maintained full capacity through the pandemic, and while its output has dropped 4% through September, Murphy said he expects it to make that ground up in the fourth quarter.