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The "notice to proceed" on the new Portal North Bridge project has been issued, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Transit announced April 7.
Part of the larger Gateway Program, the project is expected to improve capacity and reliability for rail travel between New Jersey and New York City. It’s being funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, NJ Transit, Amtrak and a $766.5 million grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration.
"This notice to proceed means that soon construction will begin — improving reliability for the millions of customers who count on this critical rail link between New Jersey and New York every year, while creating jobs and spurring economic growth for our region," said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett in a press release.
In October 2021, a construction contract in the amount of $1.5 billion was awarded to Skanska/Traylor Bros PNB Joint Venture, the single largest construction award in NJ Transit history.
The project spans 2.44 miles of the Northeast Corridor line and involves the construction of retaining walls, deep foundations, concrete piers, structural steel bridge spans, rail systems and the demolition of the existing 110-year-old bridge. Construction is anticipated to take five-and-a-half years to complete.