New Jersey’s Portal North Bridge Marks Milestone

May 15, 2024
The project has reached the half-way mark

On Monday, officials gathered Kearny to mark the halfway point of construction of the new Portal North Bridge project. The 114-year-old bridge that runs along a busy rail corridor is being replaced.

The project includes a modern two-track, high-level fixed span bridge above the Hackensack River. It will also nearly double the height clearance, allowing marine traffic to pass underneath and eliminating the need to open and close.

The project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, New Jersey, New York, and Amtrak. In October 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Transit announced the approval of a $1.56 billion construction contract to Skanska/Traylor Bro PNB Joint Venture (STJV) for the construction of the new span.

The HTP project is part of the broader Gateway Program. It spans 2.44 miles of the Northeast Corridor line and includes:

  • The construction of retaining walls;
  • Deep foundations;
  • Concrete piers;
  • Structural steel bridge spans;
  • Rail systems;
  • Demolition of the existing bridge;
  • Related incidental works.

On May 13, the message from officials was that the project reached 50% completion on time and on budget.

“Less than two years after officially breaking ground in August 2022, NJ Transit is pleased to be able to demonstrate that mega-projects in the Northeast can be advanced on-time and on budget,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett.



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