NEWARK - Residents expressed their concerns over the raising of the Bayonne Bridge at a meeting tonight.

The $1 billion project to raise the bridge could bring more traffic to the already congested area.

Raising the bridge will bring more ships into the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal and will likely bringing more jobs and money to the area, but residents want the negative effects of the bridge to be managed.

Residents discussed concerns such as the new configuration allowing more trucks to go on Globe Street, which is already crowded as it is. Victor Monterrosa, a resident of Newark's South Ironbound neighborhood, said that the trucks have destroyed three of his cars over time.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says it is continuing to reach out to contractors and work on the final design of the bridge raising project.