Early Bridge Work Completed in New Jersey

Early construction work has been completed on a bridge in New Jersey used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.

In a news release, NJ Transit said that is has completed early construction work on the Portal North Bridge replacement program.

The work was funded by a $16 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant and a $4 million contribution from New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund.

The work included installation of new fiber optic poles, construction of a utility protection structure, construction of a finger pier to support future construction activities, installation of two high voltage transmission poles, and construction of a retaining wall west of Secaucus Junction to support the new bridge alignment.

The commuter agency said the remaining construction of the 2.3 mile-long bridge project will begin following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of a funding application that NJ Transit submitted last year.

The new bridge will increase NJ Transit’s capacity by 10 percent and allow trains to move faster and more reliably over the Hackensack River.

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