New Jersey legislators last week passed a resolution that urges the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop funding and engineering solutions to increase the Bayonne Bridge’s air clearance and accommodate larger vessels.

The bridge, which connects Staten Island to Bayonne, N.J., has a channel clearance of 151 feet. Officials anticipate that once the Panama Canal finishes its expansion project in 2014, larger ships will be accessing the East Coast to deliver cargo. New Jersey and the Port Authority would like to capture that shipping business.

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