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SI Then: The Goethals Bridge

After the First World War, the U.S. was on the move.

With the new prosperity, wanderlust and mass-produced automobiles, the Goethals Bridge was built to accommodate interstate travel.

The bridge opened on June 29, 1928, the same day as the Outerbridge Crossing. Both were designed by John Alexander Low Waddell. This was the first successful bi-state development project by the then-new Port Authority. It sported two 10-foot-wide lanes in each direction.

The new bridge was named after Major General George W. Goethals. Construction supervisor of the Panama Canal and the first consulting engineer of the NY/NJ Port Authority, he died just three months before the bridge’s opening, which also would have been his 70th birthday.

The same month saw the establishment of the Port Authority Police. Its 40 original officers, known as Bridgemen, were deployed to patrol and protect both the Outerbridge and the Goethals bridges.

The Goethals did not recoup its original construction costs until 1964, when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was completed.

This year, 3,566,101 EZpass equipped vehicles crossed over it between January and March.

It was finally closed this month when the first of two new parallel bridges opened to replace it. The second will open in 2018. Built higher and wider, they will accommodate more traffic and larger ships passing under them.

Until it is finally dismantled, the original Goethals is truly now only a bridge to the past.

As of July 4th, 2017, the original Goethals Bridge is closed for good, and the first of the new parallel bridges has been officially opened. What name, if any, will be given to them, remains to be seen.


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from InsideHook:

This Train Hasn’t Run Since the 1960s

The long-awaited return of NY’s most scenic autumnal voyage

By Shari Gab

10 October 2016

This is the time of year to relish dwelling in the Northeast.

And while you’ve done the hikes and driven through the Catskills, you’ve never seen the vast autumnal grandeur within a stone’s throw of our city by rail — this rail, at least.

By popular demand, the Autumn Express slow train journey is back. For two days only — tickets on sale now — travelers will day-trip through through parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania completely unreachable by road. You’ll venture through small towns, historic tunnels and landmarks via routes that haven’t been traversed since the 1960s.

And for the nostalgic set, the train will even be switching from electric to diesel power before heading along the former Lehigh Valley Railroad and through the Musconetcong Tunnel, which opened in 1875. From there, it’s over to Allentown along the former Queen of the Valley passenger train route before following the Pennsylvania rail’s historic Blue Ribbon Fleet.

Leaving and returning from Penn Station and Newark, tickets are $149 per adult and half price for children. Each adventure includes a boxed lunch, souvenir tote, lapel pin and bragging rights … without the blistered feet.

Tickets will go fast. Nature waits for no man.


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