Skanska/Traylor Bros JV wins $1.56bn contract to build Portal North Bridge


The New Jersey Transit has awarded a $1.56bn contract to Skanska/Traylor Bros Joint Venture (JV) to construct the new Portal North Bridge.

Work on the project will replace the 110-year-old swing bridge, which is causing critical issues in operation and maintenance.

The project, spanning 3.9km of the Northeast Corridor line, is being funded by the US Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak.

The scope of work on the project involves construction of rail systems, concrete piers, deep foundations, retaining walls, structural steel bridge spans, demolition of the existing bridge, as well as the related incidental works.

This new bridge will be a modern two track, high level, fixed-span build to improve service and capacity of the Northeast Corridor.

It will rise 50ft over the Hackensack River and will also provide space for marine traffic to pass underneath without interrupting the rail traffic.

The construction of new Portal North Bridge will improve reliability and services on the northeast corridor for New Jersey transit and Amtrak customers traveling on the Northeast Corridor.

It is said to be an important initial element of the Gateway Programme that will double the rail capacity between Newark and New York.

New Jersey congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman said: “The Portal Bridge is an essential piece of the Gateway Project - an initiative important to the continued economic success of the entire region.

“I am thrilled to see the Portal North Bridge move one step closer to completion and look forward to what it signals for the rest of Gateway.”

Construction work of the project is expected to take about five and a half years.


The new Portal North Bridge will replace the 110-year-old swing bridge in New Jersey. Credit: NJTScottMaas/ wikipedia.

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