Hoboken canal filling, Raritan River Bridge replacement projects lead NJ Transit agenda
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Tens of millions of dollars expected to be awarded at tonight's meeting for large capital improvement projects.
Superstorm Sandy repairs continue as the NJ Transit board is expected to approve hefty contracts to improve Hoboken Terminal and rebuild the Raritan River Bridge.
This comes as NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett has made capital planning a priority, and is working to develop the first long-term master plan in a decade to improve rail stations and upgrade technology.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in NJ Transit's Newark office.
Here is a first look at key items on Wednesday's board agenda:
Long Slip Fill in Hoboken
First proposed in 2000, a flood-resiliency plan that would fill an unused canal next to the Hoboken Terminal Rail Yard, add elevated platforms and tracks may finally come to fruition.
Little Falls-based Walsh Construction Company is expected to be approved for a $39.5 million contract for the first phase of the work. The agency has a $146.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for this project estimated to cost $195 million and take three to four years to complete, according to 2016 documents.
The plan would give the agency's second-busiest New Jersey station more flexibility when it comes to storing trains and minimize the effects flooding has on the station when big storms cause damage.
Although these improvements won't change the typical day-to-day commuter experience, when trains have to be rerouted from Secaucus or the Hudson River tunnels — an issue that happens about 20 times a year — the delays will be minimal because there will be more room to organize trains.
Raritan River Bridge project
After operating for more than a century, this old rail bridge will likely be replaced.
Three contracts — totaling almost $34 million — are expected to be awarded to a joint venture of AECOM and Mott MacDonald Group to begin building a new two-track rail crossing connecting South Amboy and Perth Amboy.
The current bridge, which is the "sole link" for 17 of the 20 stations on the North Jersey Coast Line, is a swing-span that was severely damaged by Super Storm Sandy and fixed to keep it operational, but remains vulnerable to storms.
NJ Transit was awarded a $446.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for this project.
After the new bridge is completed, the old one will be demolished.
This is a developing story, check back later for updates.
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