Track Inspection On New Jersey's Portal Drawbridge

Tom Kaminski

New Portal Bridge Project Awaits Federal Approval

June 29, 2018 - 4:49 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Planners are now one step closer to alleviating a big headache for NJ TRANSIT commuters. Gateway Project officials say the ball is now in the federal government's court to get going on a new Portal Bridge. 

They have done everything asked of them, says Gateway's John Porcari.

"By any objective standard, the criteria, which are defined for full-funding grant agreement for the Portal North Bridge have been addressed," Pocari said.

That includes bringing down the proposed price-tag a bit for the replacement Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River to make it a little bit more palatable for the Trump adminsitration.

"They want to see major infrastructure built in this country. That's part of the administration's mantra and we're taking him up on that," Pocari said.

There are contractors beating down their door, Porcari says, and all it takes is for the feds to sign-off on the grant agreement before construction can start.

"There's nothing more than needs to be at this stage from our end," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett. "We are ready to get this out to bid as soon as we get the funding agreement."

The new Hudson River tunnels aren't quite at the same stage, yet.

Gateway officials say the Port Authority's taking over sponsorship of that project as Gateway itself is not yet elligible to apply for federal grant money.