NJ TRANSIT Awards Design and Engineering Services Contract for Brielle Drawbridge Replacement Project

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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An image of the Brielle Drawbridge taken from the cab of an eastbound NJCL train.
Courtesy of Bill Vantuono

NEWARK, N.J. – The NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors approved a contract to advance the Brielle Drawbridge Replacement Project.

The contract was awarded to Hardesty & Hanover, LLC of New York, New York and will start the conceptual and preliminary design and engineering services as part of Phase I. NJ TRANSIT reports the cost will not exceed $7,708,478.47 “plus five percent for contingencies, subject to the availability of funds.” Phase I is expected to be finished by the Q1 2027, and the entirety of the project is slated to be completed by Q3 2031.

The project will replace the current single-track movable bridge built in 1911. Currently, the bridge measure 1,162 feet from abutment to abutment and carries a “single non-electrified track and a maintenance walkway.” A two-track movable bridge will replace it and will “improve flood resiliency and maritime operations, while restoring two-track capacity to this critical rail infrastructure connecting the towns of Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach on NJ TRANSIT’s North Jersey Coast Line.” Along with a 20-mph speed restriction, the current single-track movable span is located between sections of two tracks, resulting in a bottleneck over the bridge.

NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett stated, “When we talk about the aging infrastructure we inherited across our rail network, the Brielle Drawbridge, a critical link along our North Jersey Coast Line, is near the top of that list at 113 years old. . . This replacement project will add capacity and resiliency for generations of rail customers to come.”

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