New DOT Rating for the Portal Bridge Project, alongside funds already appropriated by Congress, represents significant step forward for key component of the Gateway Project

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced the new rating for the Portal North Bridge from the Department of Transportation (DOT). The medium-high rating, combined with funds already appropriated by Congress, represents a significant step forward to replacing the existing Portal Bridge, a key part of the Gateway Tunnel Project.

 

The 110-year-old swing bridge often fails to close properly, and has led to extensive delays over the years on the nation’s busiest rail corridor. Rep. Sherrill and the New Jersey delegation have pushed the Administration and Department of Transportation to release congressionally-directed funds to start this project for years, and are hopeful to see shovels in the ground.

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“The 110-year-old Portal Bridge is a chokepoint in our region’s aging transportation network,” said Representative Sherrill. “Along with my colleagues in the New Jersey delegation, I have been relentlessly focused on moving forward on the replacement project for Portal, a critical component of the Gateway Tunnel Project. I’m glad to see the Department of Transportation recognizes the financial commitment of New Jersey to this project and has changed its rating to reflect the urgency of this project and ensure progress toward getting shovels in the ground. Our commuters, businesses, and residents in North Jersey have waited a long time for this announcement.”

 

Rep. Sherrill has been an outspoken advocate for replacing the aging Portal Bridge and the Hudson River Tunnel. She joined with the New Jersey Delegation in Secaucus to demand action on the Portal Bridge in August. She brought Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio to tour the bridge and Hudson River Tunnel on a delegation trip in May to highlight the urgent infrastructure needs of the New Jersey and New York metro region.