Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced that the New Jersey Transit board of directors has approved a $1.56 billion contract with Skanska/Traylor Bros. Joint Venture to build a new Portal North Bridge.
The project, a vital part of the Gateway Program, will eliminate the critical issues caused by operating and maintaining the swing bridge that have long plagued the most heavily traveled portion of the Northeast Corridor.
The contract is the largest in NJ Transit history and covers 2.44 miles of the corridor. It includes retaining walls, deep foundations, concrete piers, structural steel bridge spans, rail systems, demolition of the existing bridge and related incidental work. Once construction begins, it is projected to take approximately five and a half years.
“Few infrastructure projects are as critical to the nation as replacing the aging Portal Bridge,” said Murphy. “With today’s step, NJ Transit is rapidly moving toward beginning the first phase of the largest infrastructure project in the United States. This award will not only bring a bridge that will resolve the long-standing bottlenecks plaguing New Jersey commuters but will also create well-paying skilled labor jobs in the process. We would not be at this step today without our partners in the Biden administration, NJ Transit, New Jersey Department of Transportation, our federal delegation, Amtrak, and the State of New York.”