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Amtrak, in coordination with New Jersey Transit, has begun the procurement process for the Sawtooth Bridges replacement project in the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
The project involves modernizing and expanding 1.9 miles of the NEC in Kearny, New Jersey, that was built in 1907. The project, which includes replacing and expanding the Sawtooth Bridges, is a part of the Gateway Program to preserve and expand the corridor's busiest section.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently awarded the project a $133.32 million grant to fund early construction activities.
Owned by Amtrak, the Sawtooth Bridges carry more than 400 Amtrak and NJ Transit trains per day over tracks used by NJ Transit, Port Authority-Trans Hudson and Conrail trains. When completed, the new four-track NEC structure will double track capacity. The age and current condition of the Sawtooth Bridges restrict train speeds to a maximum of 60 mph.
Amtrak began the procurement process by publishing advance notices on its procurement portal. The railroad expects to issue two requests for qualifications in the near future — one for a construction manager at risk contract and another for the program and construction management contract. A formal request for proposals will follow in 2024, according to an Amtrak press release.