Portal North Bridge Receives Notice of Prosecution
A notice of prosecution has been issued for the Portal North Bridge project, which will see the construction of a new two-lane fixed-structure railroad bridge over the Hackensack River in Hudson County, NJ, replacing a swing bridge 110 years old.
The bridge is used by New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) and Amtrak trains and is located on the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The bridge has been a source of service disruptions which not only impact trains using the bridge, but also have cascading impacts on the NEC. The new bridge will sit 50 feet above the river, allowing marine traffic to pass underneath without interrupting rail traffic.
“From day one of my administration, we have prioritized investments in environmentally friendly public transit. After years of crucial behind-the-scenes work, this lawsuit notice means train customers will soon see tangible proof of our commitment to modernizing the rail system,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Today’s announcement is another testament to our partners in the Biden administration, NJ Transit, the U.S. Department of Transportation, our federal delegation, and Amtrak for continuing to prioritize this project. vital.”
NJ Transit awarded a $1.56 billion construction contract — the largest in agency history — in October 2021 to Skanska/Traylor Bros PNB Joint Venture (STJV) to build the new bridge. With the issuance of the notice to proceed in hand, STJV will mark the start of the construction contract which is expected to last approximately five and a half years.
“NJ Transit is proud to move this nationally significant project forward,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “This lawsuit notice means construction will begin soon – improving reliability for the millions of customers who rely on this essential rail link between New Jersey and New York each year, while creating jobs and driving economic growth in our region.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the project in October 2021 and notice to proceed will allow heavy construction to begin. The Portal North Bridge project includes the construction of retaining walls, deep foundations, concrete piers, structural steel bridge spans, rail systems, demolition of the existing bridge and related ancillary works.
“Because of our shared unwavering commitment, we are now celebrating the start of major construction of a new Portal North Bridge – the first of the Gateway Program projects to reach this milestone,” said Tony Coscia, Chairman of the Board. from Amtrak. “The new bridge rising over the Hackensack River will be a visible reminder to Northeast Corridor passengers that a new day is dawning for rail travel in America – safer, faster and more reliable.”
The Gateway program, of which the Portal North Bridge project is a key component, will eventually double rail capacity between Newark, NJ, and New York.
“The bridge will be a visible symbol of progress during its construction and will bring a better experience for passengers to and from New York and greater reliability and resilience on the busiest stretch of the Northeast Corridor,” said the co-chairs of the Gateway Development Commission, Balpreet. Grewal-Virk and Steven M. Cohen.
The project is funded by the US Department of Transportation, NJ Transit and Amtrak. A full funding grant agreement was secured in January 2021 from the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program for $766.5 million. Amtrak is contributing more than $97 million to the project and more than $57 million will come from FHWA flexible funds. More than $811 million is covered by local funding.