Officials break ground on NJ bridge project

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NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke ground on a Gateway development program to build a rail bridge connecting Newark and New York City on Oct. 13.

The groundbreaking begins a project to replace the Portal Bridge, an aging 1907 bridge owned by Amtrak. The current bridge sees almost 400 Amtrak and NJ Transit trains a day, and has a history of malfunctions that cause delays along the Northeast Corridor.

“The replacement of the aging Portal Bridge is the first step toward ensuring a sound and efficient rail transportation system that will serve millions of riders now and well into the future,” Christie said. “This project is vital to our economy and the safety of millions of local commuters and people from around the world who use mass transportation along the Northeast Corridor.

The plans to replace the Portal Bridge date back to 2013 and will be funded by NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration. The new bridge will be composed of two fixed-span bridges about 53 feet above the surface of the water, double the height of the current structure.

So far, early contracts to the tune of $20 million have been awarded for the initial stages of construction on the Portal North Bridge. Contracts for the Portal Southern Bridge are still pending. The total construction cost is estimated to come in at $1.5 billion dollars.

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