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Portal North Bridge project reaches halfway point

The new structure will replace the current 114-year-old swing bridge.
Photo – Amtrak


New Jersey Transit and Amtrak yesterday announced the Portal North Bridge project has reached 50% completion.

The new bridge will replace the current 114-year-old swing bridge, which opens for maritime traffic, resulting in a bottleneck along the busiest stretch of passenger rail in the country, NJ Transit and Amtrak officials said in a press release. The new bridge is a fixed span that eliminates the need to open and close.

The new structure will be a two-track, high-level, fixed-span bridge that will improve service and capacity along this section of the Northeast Corridor. It will rise 50 feet over the Hackensack River, nearly doubling the height clearance and will enable marine traffic to pass underneath without interrupting rail traffic.

The project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Amtrak and the states of New Jersey and New York.


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