New footbridge from Downtown Jersey City to Liberty State Park aims for June completion

via NJ.com

The footbridge that connected downtown Jersey City with Liberty State Park was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. (Lauren Casselberry/The Jersey Journal)

Six months ago Hurricane Sandy washed away the footbridge connecting Jersey Avenue in Downtown Jersey City to Liberty State Park but construction of a new bridge is set to begin, officials said.

“We know how important this piece of infrastructure is to our residents, and that is why we worked quickly with our (Office of Emergency Management) officials and our engineering staff to find a way to expedite the replacement of the Jersey Avenue footbridge,” Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said in a statement. “I am pleased that we will be able to open this bridge for use in the summer months.”

A press conference to kick off the construction project was held Thursday at the foot of Jersey Avenue.

The new bridge, which will provide access in and out of the park for pedestrians and cyclists, will cost roughly $750,000, city officials said.

Jersey City has applied to the Federal Emergency Management Administration for reimbursement, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

The bridge is expected to be completed by early June.

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