Portal North Bridge


Kearny, NJ


New Jersey Transit


$1.56 billion

As part of a joint venture, Traylor was selected to complete the New Jersey Transit’s Portal North Bridge project. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) have proposed to enhance the capacity and improve the operation of the Portal Bridge, a rail crossing over the Hackensack River in Hudson County, New Jersey. The existing Portal Bridge is a two-track, moveable swing-span bridge that was constructed by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and began operations in 1910. The aging Portal Bridge, owned by Amtrak, is a bottleneck along the Northeast Corridor that conflicts with marine traffic and impedes efficient and reliable passenger rail service.

The proposed Portal North Bridge will replace the existing swing span Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River with a new two-track fixed structure. The overall construction project will be approximately 2.44 miles in length, including a 3,660-foot-long approach span located on the west side of the river, a 2,540-foot-long approach span on the eastside of the river and a 1,200-foot-long center span crossing directly over the Hackensack River.