NJ Transit To Replace Bridges In Plainfield, Roof At Newark Penn

Newark Penn Station will be getting a new roof as part of NJ Transit's ongoing infrastructure maintenance program (Photo credit: Flickr user DrStarbuck)

NEWARK – NJ Transit announced plans to replace two undergrade rail bridges in Plainfield and install a new roof at Newark Penn Station as part of the transportation agency’s infrastructure maintenance program.

“NJ Transit’s continuous focus on critical infrastructure needs over the years has put the State’s public transit network in good shape going forward,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson. “Ongoing investments in our facilities, infrastructure and equipment allow us to maintain the system in a state of good repair, ensuring continued safe and reliable service for New Jersey residents.”

NJ Transit is responsible for maintaining 659 undergrade bridges statewide, which carry rail traffic over roads, waterways and other features. The NJ Transit Board of Directors authorized a $975,000 contract with HNTB Corporation of New York, N.Y. for design, engineering and construction assistance for the replacement of two undergrade bridges on the Raritan Valley Line in Plainfield. Constructed in 1908, the bridges span Watchung Avenue and Park Avenue.

A subsequent construction contract will replace the bridges, repair the masonry abutments and increase the bridges’ vertical clearance. Replacing the bridges will ensure continued safe and reliable service and continues NJ Transit’s long-term commitment to the city to rehabilitate or replace all 13 railroad bridges in Plainfield, bringing the total completed to nine.

The board also authorized a $3 million contract with G & M Eastern Contracting, Inc. of Neptune City for the installation of new roofing and drainage systems at Newark Penn Station, as well as associated masonry repairs over selected rail platforms.

Newark Penn Station opened in 1935 as one of the centerpieces of the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s train network. Today, the historic station serves as a major transportation hub in of Newark, serving three NJ Transit commuter rail lines, Newark Light Rail and numerous bus routes, as well as Greyhound, Amtrak and PATH. Nearly 50,000 NJ TRANSIT customers use Newark Penn Station on a typical weekday for travel on the agency’s rail, bus and light rail system.

Work will include removing all layers of roofing systems in several areas of the station down to the concrete deck. A new membrane roofing system will be installed, and elements of the roof drainage system will be repaired and replaced as necessary. The project is expected to be completed early next year.

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