Construction of Portal North Bridge Receives ‘Notice of Prosecution’


The Portal North Bridge and Larger Gateway program will dramatically improve the customer experience for millions of customers each year

Governor Phil Murphy and NJ TRANSIT today announced the issuance of “Notice to Proceed” on the new Portal North Bridge project. The bridge, part of the larger Gateway program, will improve the capacity and reliability of rail travel between New Jersey and New York.

The project is funded by the US Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak. In January 2021, Governor Murphy announced the signing of a Full Funding Grant Agreement which secured $766.5 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to support construction of the project.

In October, Governor Murphy and NJ TRANSIT announced approval of a $1,559,993,000 construction contract awarded to Skanska/Traylor Bros PNB Joint Venture (STJV) to construct the new Portal North Bridge. The contract represents the largest construction contract in NJ TRANSIT’s history. The Notice to Proceed (NTP) to STJV signifies the start of the construction contract which is expected to last approximately five and a half years.

The Portal North Bridge project spans 2.44 miles of the northeast corridor line and includes the construction of retaining walls, deep foundations, concrete piers, structural steel bridge spans, systems railways, demolition of the existing bridge and related ancillary works.

“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,” Governor Phil Murphy said.

“This Notice to Proceed brings us one step closer to realizing the new Portal North Bridge,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Chair of the Board of NJ TRANSIT. “I want to thank Governor Murphy and our congressional delegation for putting rail infrastructure first and for their continued support of this critical project.”

“NJ TRANSIT is proud to move this nationally important project forward,” said Kevin S. Corbett, President and CEO of NJ TRANSIT. “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 every year, while creating jobs and driving economic growth in our region.”

“NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak are taking a critical first step in bringing the Gateway program to life by beginning construction of the Portal North Bridge,” said Gateway Development Commission co-chairs Balpreet Grewal-Virk and Steven M. Cohen. “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.”

The Portal North Bridge project will eliminate the 110-year-old swing bridge, which has been the enduring source of significant service disruptions for NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak customers traveling on the Northeast Corridor.

The old bridge will be replaced with a new modern two-lane, high-level, fixed-span bridge that will improve service and capacity along this section of the Northeast Corridor. The new Portal North Bridge will rise 50 feet above the Hackensack River and allow marine traffic to pass underneath without interrupting rail traffic.

The Portal North Bridge project is a vital part of the larger Gateway program that will eventually double rail capacity between Newark and New York.

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