A project that will allow larger ships to pass through Newark Bay and Port Elizabeth begin this week off the shore of Bayonne.
The city of Bayonne announced Friday in a press release that drilling and blasting would begin Monday in the Newark Bay to remove concrete remnants of the old railroad bridge that spanned the bay.
Drilling and blasting will only be performed during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday, according to the release. There was no indication how long the drilling and blasting would continue.
The drilling is part of the Army Corps of Engineers’ New York/New Jersey Harbor Deepening Project, intended to create deeper shipping lanes in Newark Bay and other local bodies of water.
The railroad bridge was demolished in 1988, but the concrete pilings that formed the foundation are still present, limiting the size of the vessels that can reach Port Newark. Removing the bridge remnants is just one portion of the larger Harbor Deepening Project.
Lisa Baron, former chief and a current project manager, said the Corps intends to complete the pathway between Port Newark and the Ambrose Channel by December.
“There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on with this project,” Baron said.
The contractor for the project will be Northeast Dredging Co. Questions and concerns about the blasting can be directed to the dedicated Army Corps of Engineers hotline at (201) 339-6470.