PERTH AMBOY - Drivers who regularly travel between New Jersey and Staten Island can breathe a sigh of relief with the completion of a paving project that forced overnight closures on the Outerbridge Crossing.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the 85-year-old span connecting Perth Amboy to Staten Island is now back open.

The project, which began on July 9, was completed three weeks early.

Overnight closures of the span and aggressive efforts by the construction team overseeing the work enabled completion of the project three weeks ahead of schedule.

The agency last repaved the Outerbridge Crossing in the early 2000s and its roadway surface had since reached the end of its useful life. The repaved surface maintains the roadway in a state of good repair and ensures safer travel for motorists who use it. This is the first of three important projects to be completed among the bridges connecting Staten Island and New Jersey.

Periodic work continues on the Bayonne Bridge, Pulaski Skyway and Verrazano Bridge as part of the Port Authority's Staten Island Bridge Revitalization Program.