One of the "firsts" in the Port Authority legacy, the Goethals Bridge was built as part of an overall project to accommodate greatly increased interstate automobile traffic following World War I. The Goethals Bridge is essential to moving cargo between airports and seaports and regional markets in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
On April 24, 2013, the Port Authority authorized award of a historic $1.5 billion Public-Private Partnership to NYNJ Link Partnership to provide the design, build, finance, and maintenance for a replacement to the 80 plus year old Goethals Bridge. The bridge first opened in 1928 and was named after Major General George Washington Goethals, who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal. The bridge currently connects Staten Island to New Jersey over Arthur Kill, and new plans would widen it to six 12-foot-wide lanes and include a 10-foot-wide pedestrian and bike walkway. The Port Authority would have to pay back the winning company the estimated $1 billion over the next 30 years, but they would continue to collect tolls on the bridge.