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Portal Draw Changes

Postby Roadgeek Adam » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:40 am

So, Sen. Menendez and the US Coast Guard announced some changes for Portal Bridge to reduce openings during peak hours.

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SECAUCUS, New Jersey (WABC) -- Senator Bob Menendez announced new restrictions on the Hackensack River to ease the stress on the Portal Bridge.

Under the Coast Guard order, all marine traffic on the Hackensack River that requires Amtrak's Portal Bridge in Kearny to open has been halted between 5:00-10:00 a.m. and 3:00-8:00 p.m., with only limited exceptions due to tidal restrictions and with a minimum two hours' notice.

Sen. Menendez made the request with Sen. Cory Booker and Gov. Phil Murphy, followed by Amtrak, after two, separate bridge failures on October 30th during the morning and evening commutes.

Those bridge failures creating a commuting nightmare and forced the delay and cancellation of 164 NJ Transit and Amtrak trains, affecting more than 155,000 passengers.


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Obviously this is all temporary, since the real answer is to build the new Portal Draw, but until then, it's a good step in the right direction for the 108-year old structure.
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Re: Portal Draw Changes

Postby Defiant » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:35 pm

Roadgeek Adam wrote:
Obviously this is all temporary, since the real answer is to build the new Portal Draw, but until then, it's a good step in the right direction for the 108-year old structure.


One can only hope but in this country with this President, this "temporary" change is likely to last for years if not decades. Any idea what kind of ships pass through Hackensack river? While in general I am in favor of marine traffic to free up the roads, this an exceptional case. Can whatever these ships are carrying be delivered using freight railroads or trucks?
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Re: Portal Draw Changes

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:19 pm

Defiant wrote:Any idea what kind of ships pass through Hackensack river? While in general I am in favor of marine traffic to free up the roads, this an exceptional case. Can whatever these ships are carrying be delivered using freight railroads or trucks?
Hess oil barges, but not sure any more. There are other local barge traffic.
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Re: Portal Draw Changes

Postby mackdave » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:45 pm

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