The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last week recommended raising the roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge by 64 feet to provide more clearance for ships. Currently, the bridge allows for 151 feet of a navigational clearance that the authority said would pose a problem for larger ships trying to access ports after the Panama Canal expands in 2014.

Completed in 1931, the steel arched bridge connects Staten Island, N.Y., and Bayonne, N.J., and handles more than seven million vehicles a year.

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