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Portal Bridge Capacity Enhancement (PBCE)

New Jersey Transit (NJT)

The Portal Bridge Capacity Enhancement (PBCE) project comprises a 2.5-mile section of the Northeast Corridor between Kearny Junction on the west and the Secaucus Junction Station on the east. The existing Portal Bridge, which spans over the Hackensack River and features a moveable swing-span, is currently more than 100 years old and negatively impacts rail operations due to inadequate under clearance that results in more than 200 annual bridge openings to accommodate marine traffic. To satisfy current as well as future rail operational demands, a new bridge over the Hackensack River is to be constructed just north of the existing Portal Bridge, which will also include new east and west approaches to the bridge, and additional track work and structure crossings east and west of the river.

Geotechnical Consulting:

Gall Zeidler Consultants (GZ) is providing geotechnical consultation and support services to the NJT through the AECOM-STV construction management joint venture. Some of the services provided by GZ include review of geotechnical design for the various structures, review of contractor submittals and Value Engineering proposals and performance of independent calculations.


Hudson County, New Jersey


Feb 2020 - Present


Bridge with new approaches, overpass bridges, retaining walls


2.5 miles


Fill, organic deposits, alluvium and glaciolacustrine deposits overlying glacial till


US $1.6 Billion




New Jersey Transit (NJT)