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Friday, December 2, 2016

Could NJ Transit's Newark Drawbridge Be Replaced?


Newark, New Jersey: A bridge used by hundreds of commuter trains a week may be replaced.

According to a legal notice issued Thursday, New Jersey Transit has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for "conceptutal design services for the replacement of the Undergrade Bridge 7.48", which is also known as the Newark Drawbridge, over the Passaic River. The agency is looking for proposals from qualified consulting firms with "related experience of a similar magnitude" that have "the intention of negotiating a contract with the organization whose qualifications and proposal best serves the needs of NJ Transit".

A replacement study regarding the bridge was one of the projects affected by the Transportation Trust Fund shutdown earlier this year.

The Newark Drawbridge connects Newark with Hudson County, and is used by NJ Transit's Montclair-Boonton and Morris and Essex Lines. Built in 1903, the bridge sits just south of the Route 280 Stickel Bridge.

A preproposal conference will be held at NJ Transit's Newark headquarters on Wednesday, December 21st at 10:30am, according to the notice, and a site visit will be held later that morning at 11:30am. Proposals are due at the beginning of February, according to the agency website.

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