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NJ Transit invites next round of bids for bridge replacement project

The 112-year-old bridge was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Photo – NJ Transit


New Jersey Transit last week issued an invitation for bids (IFB) for the second construction contract of the Raritan River Bridge replacement project.

The IFB represents the next step in the project to replace of the 112-year-old bridge, which connects South Amboy and Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Work under the IFB includes lift bridge and flanking spans superstructure, communications, signal and overhead catenary work. Also included are all systems required for the movable span testing and operation, and erection of the four main span monoppoles previously designed, fabricated and tested under the first construction contract. That contract was awarded to George Hames Construction Co. in June 2020.

The new bridge will integrate resilient structural designs and materials to withstand future storm surges and be "significantly" less vulnerable to severe weather events, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.

Bids are due March 24, 2022, and are limited to firms that previously submitted prequalification and met special qualification requirements.

The movable, swing-span bridge spans 2,920 feet across the Raritan River.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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