Portal North, the new Gateway Program fixed-span bridge on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) situated between New Jersey and New York that will replace 112-year-old moveable-span Portal Bridge, has been getting the bulk of public and political attention in recent years. But some 35 miles southwest, on the electrified portion of NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL), there’s another bridge replacement project of perhaps equal importance. This one is located on the Raritan River, between Perth Amboy and South Amboy, N.J.
George Harms Construction
New Jersey Transit has awarded a contract worth $247.95 million to George Harms Construction Co. of Farmingdale, N.J. for the first of three construction phases of the Raritan River Bridge Replacement project on the electrified North Jersey Coast Line. The existing moveable bridge, a swing span built in 1908 and known as River Draw, sustained significant damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 when it was struck by a runaway tugboat, shifting it on its pilings and requiring emergency repair before being placed back in service.