Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

NJ Transit Pushing Ahead on Project to Replace 1908 Bridge Damaged by Sandy

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

NJ Transit Pushing Ahead on Project to Replace 1908 Bridge Damaged by Sandy

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NJ Transit is moving forward on replacing a century-old drawbridge damaged by Superstorm Sandy, approving $17.8 million for final plans on Wednesday.

The Raritan River Drawbridge, built in 1908, connects Perth Amboy and South Amboy and transports about 8,500 travelers daily along the North Jersey Coast Line, according to NJ Transit. The swing-span bridge was significantly damaged by ocean surges and wave-born debris during Sandy. Photos from after the storm of late October 2012 show the tracks littered with rocks and bent.

After the storm, inspectors found that the bridge's deck had shifted out of alignment, and the span was out of service for three weeks while temporary repairs were made.

In November 2014, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $446.3 million toward a replacement bridge, which will have two tracks and be situated just west of the existing bridge so it can be used while the new one is built. …

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