FTA adopts environmental impact statement for Portal Bridge project

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WASHINGTON — Plans to replace a century-old swing bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey with a high-level fixed bridge are moving forward. The Federal Transit Administration has issued a record of decision to formally adopt the Federal Railroad Administration’s environmental impact statement for the Portal Bridge project.

The project is currently in the development phase of the FTA’s capital investment grants program. The project’s partners, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NJ Transit, and Amtrak are asking for $811 million in grant funding toward the $1.64-billion project cost.

The record of decision is part of the environmental review process mandated by law for projects requesting federal money through the grant program. There are still additional steps that must be completed before the agency can make a determination about the funding.

The Portal Bridge is a two-track movable swing span bridge on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor in Kearny, N.J., just west of Secaucus Junction, N.J.

Occasional bridge failures, maintenance and reduced operational speeds have expedited the need to replace the structure on the Northeast Corridor.

The record of decision is published online.

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