The $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge between New York and New Jersey has been approved by the Coast Guard. "We’re looking forward to seeing the project proceed," said Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Russell Tippets. The new roadway will be 215 feet above the high-tide mark, 64 feet higher than the old one. The bridge will have two wider lanes in each direction, plus shoulders and a median. It is scheduled to be finished in 2017.