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Bayonne Bridge Construction Battle

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Bayonne, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Living under the Bayonne Bridge hasn't exactly been picture perfect in recent years. Lately, there have been unexpected damages to local resident’s homes due to the ongoing bridge construction.

There has been noise, windows vibrating, sewage ruptures, and flooding in basements that have, up until now, been bone dry. Local resident, Kim Hennings explains her home’s damages.

"Our home has been flooded, the basement on three separate occasions to varying degrees. The last time being the most severe," she said.

The Bayonne Bridge elevation project is underway. Right now the bridge is closed through mid-August, which is just the beginning of a four-year ordeal. The purpose of this project is to let container super-ships into Newark.

Most people, with an exception of a few, agree that this bridge work has to be done and ships need to be able to make it to Newark’s ports. However, the problem that local residents such as Hennings have is that Port Authority isn't returning their phone calls.

"I'd like them to reimburse us. I'd like to keep us more aware of whats going to be happening," she explained.

According to the Port Authority, they have acknowledged these troubles and mentioned that they sent cleaners and insurance adjusters to deal with the issue. In fact, one resident received $60,000 in remediation help, while other residents actually refused their help.

Newly sworn in Bayonne Mayor Jeff Meyer is trying everything he can to help out the residents whom's homes are damaged.

"We are setting up a constituent compliant hotline specifically related to bridge issues in the next week or so. We'll also have a dedicated email address and a staffer that's solely dedicated to addressing constituent concerns relevant to the bridge and bridge construction," he explained.

If you live under the Bayonne Bridge and have issues related to the bridge construction, you can call 201-858-7820 or email bayonnebridge@baynj.org. Your contact will be city employee P.J. Leonard.

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