Gateway project enters next phase of federal grant program

The Gateway program has completed geotechnical investigation work, a part needed to enter the engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s $5.6 billion Capital Investment Grant (CIG) it is seeking for the Hudson Tunnel project.

In total, the project carried out 75 geotechnical investigations. These included 64 drilling in New Jersey and New York over multiple years, including 37 during the recently completed Phase 2 Supplemental Geotechnical Drilling Program Plan, based on private sector input. Samples obtained from the surveys will inform the design and engineering planning for the full construction of the project.

Surveys have been completed at Secaucus, along the future surface alignment, at Union City, along the future Palisades Tunnel alignment, at the Hoboken Project site, along the future Hudson River Tunnel alignment under the river Hudson, and in Manhattan, at Hudson River Park and the 12th Avenue project site. Samples were taken at depths ranging from 48 feet to 505 feet.

The project also completed five cone penetration tests, four seismic cone penetration tests, a marine geophysical survey in the Hudson River, and a surface geophysical survey along the Hudson Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) tracks in New Jersey.

In a joint statement, Gateway Development Commission co-chairs Steven M. Cohen of New York and Balpreet Grewal-Virk of New Jersey, along with Amtrak Vice President Tony Coscia, said, “Completing geotechnical investigations to reduce risks and providing certainty on where and how to dig the first railroad tunnel under the Hudson River in a century is a major achievement. This work is another example of our partners working together to advance the tunnel project as far as possible in preparation for full funding and construction.

“From building two sections of the tunnel casing in Manhattan, to advancing the project design to 30%, obtaining all regulatory approvals for the project, and completing this geotechnical work, we and our partners have shown time and time again that no obstacle will stand in the way of finally providing 21st century rail transportation between New York and New Jersey.

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