Portal Bridge project now eligible for federal funds; Gateway tunnel still ‘low priority’

Federal officials say that funds will be made available to replace the Portal Bridge. But no such funds will be made available for the Gateway Tunnel Project.

News 12 Staff

Feb 11, 2020, 3:31 PM

Updated 1,560 days ago

Share:

There is some good news and some bad news when it comes to traveling by rail between New York and New Jersey. Federal officials say that funds will be made available to replace the Portal Bridge. But no such funds will be made available for the Gateway Tunnel Project.
The federal government deemed the Portal Bridge project a “medium-high priority,” which frees up federal funds for the $1.6 billion project.
The rail bridge over the Hackensack River is 109 years old and is prone to getting stuck, often causing delays for New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains.
“For folks who don’t know it, it’s a swing bridge. Which means it swings open when there is marine traffic. And then it swings back in and then a person…has to hit a spike to put it back into place. This is 2020, not 1820,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.
But the project to replace the Hudson River rail tunnels was given too low a priority to be eligible for federal funds. The multibillion-dollar project has been a major concern for New Jersey and New York authorities. Thousands travel through the century-old tunnel daily
“It’s one track in and one track out and its 109-years-old,” says Stephen Sigmund with the Gateway Development Corporation.
The current tunnel was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The replacement project is expected to cost $11 billion. Transit officials say that if the tunnel fails, it will have catastrophic consequences for the region and even the whole country.


More from News 12
2:30
Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

2:26
Summerlike weather returns to New Jersey ahead of Memorial Day

Summerlike weather returns to New Jersey ahead of Memorial Day

0:15
Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

1:18
TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

0:25
PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

Police: Man accused of attacking mechanic with bleach, smashing windshield

Police: Man accused of attacking mechanic with bleach, smashing windshield

0:30
Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

2:13
‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

1:51
Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

2:31
Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

2:27
Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

1:59
Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

0:21
Scottie Scheffler's Louisville court date postponed after arrest during PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler's Louisville court date postponed after arrest during PGA Championship

1:19
Red Lobster seeks bankruptcy protection days after closing dozens of restaurants

Red Lobster seeks bankruptcy protection days after closing dozens of restaurants

0:32
Prosecutors: Man charged with attempted kidnapping in Garfield; victim saved by good Samaritan

Prosecutors: Man charged with attempted kidnapping in Garfield; victim saved by good Samaritan

2:52
Sources: State police search Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

Sources: State police search Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

0:16
Police: Driver killed in Jefferson Township car crash on Route 15

Police: Driver killed in Jefferson Township car crash on Route 15

1:41
New Jersey joins Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign. Here's what you should know.

New Jersey joins Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign. Here's what you should know.

1:56
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with traditional Chinese dragon dance

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with traditional Chinese dragon dance

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos