FRA Awards Funding to Replace Portal Bridge

The Federal Railroad Administration will provide $91.5 million to help replace the Portal Bridge in New Jersey on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

The bridge is used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains and crosses the Hackensack River at a long-time corridor choke point.

The current structure is a swing bridge that has often failed to lock into place when closed after being opened to allow passage of marine traffic.

The U.S. Coast Guard has mitigated some of the problem by limiting the times when the bridge is permitted to open.

The new bridge is expected to be high enough above the river so that it will not need to be opened.

The bridge is located between Kearny and Secaucus, New Jersey.

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