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Fri April 27, 2018 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


The equipment holds the title for the largest pre-assembled cranes to ever pass beneath the Bayonne Bridge since its 2017 elevation to 215 ft. above the Kill Van Kull, SI Live reported.
The equipment holds the title for the largest pre-assembled cranes to ever pass beneath the Bayonne Bridge since its 2017 elevation to 215 ft. above the Kill Van Kull, SI Live reported.

Four large cranes were carefully barged under two Staten Island bridges April 26.

The equipment holds the title for the largest pre-assembled cranes to ever pass beneath the Bayonne Bridge since its 2017 elevation to 215 ft. above the Kill Van Kull, SI Live reported.

The time-lapse video below shows the cranes passing beneath first the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at about 10:30 a.m. and then the Bayonne Bridge at around 11:45 a.m. The cranes were on the last leg of their journey, which began with a 60-day trip on a heavy-lift ship from China, to their new home at APM Terminals in Port Elizabeth, N.J., SI Live reported.

“The multibillion dollar program to deepen our port channels to 50 ft., coupled with the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, has ensured that our port is ready to handle the biggest ships now calling on the East Coast,” said Port Authority Port Director Molly Campbell. “The arrival of these new cranes is further evidence that our terminal operators are confident on the port's bright future and willing to invest in it.”

The bridge's elevation was part of the $1.3 billion “Raise the Roadway” project, which brought it to the same height as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which sits nearby. Skanska Koch/Kiewit Infrastructure worked to raise the Bayonne Bridge's road from 151 ft. to 251 ft., all while keeping the bridge's original roadway open to traffic below. To read more about this unique project, click here.