With the anticipated increase in peak hour traffic associated with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s planned modernization of the Goethals Bridge (4-lanes to 6-lanes) and the future Interstate I-278 northerly connection to Route 1 & 9 (“missing link”), the NJTA contracted with NV5 to perform comprehensive traffic/transportation investigations, alternatives analysis, preliminary engineering, and environmental investigations to assess potential impacts/improvements required to Interchange 13 to address this increase in traffic as well as existing interchange safety and operational deficiencies. Interchange 13 provides direct access between the Turnpike, Goethals Bridge, and other western destinations, including the Cities of Elizabeth and Linden.
Design and environmental services included: topographic mapping including field survey and ROW; traffic investigations; conceptual design/alternatives analysis leading to the recommendation of an initially preferred alternative; preliminary design documents including plans and cost estimates; and environmental services including threatened & endangered species, ecology, hazardous, air-noise, environmental justice, cultural resources, floodplain management, stormwater management, and environmental impact study (EO-215) documentation. The preferred alternative includes the reconfiguration and widening of NJTA access ramps, construction of new connector ramps to local roads, signalized intersection improvements, and toll plaza lane configuration modifications.
In addition to these services, NV5 also supported the NJTA in the review/evaluation of developer design-build submittals for the Goethals Bridge Modernization project.