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AMTK - Portal Bridge


Portal Bridge

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

View this photo at panoramio.com

BH Photo #257886

Street View 



See also http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170522/REAL_ESTATE/17...

Used by 200,000 passengers per day, according to Newark Star-Ledger. Clearance below deck: 23 feet.


Through truss swing bridge over Hackensack River on Northeast Corridor (Amtrak)
Secaucus, Hudson County, New Jersey
Open to traffic; owned by Amtrak, which also receives lease payments from New Jersey Transit
Future prospects
Targeted for replacement by Amtrak with fixed high level spans pending capital funding approval--see http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170522/REAL_ESTATE/17...
Built 1905-1910
- Drake & Stratton Co. of New York City, New York & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Commuter Rail
- New Jersey Transit (NJTR)
- Northeast Corridor (NEC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Main span: Swing through truss. Six open-deck girder approach spans.
Length of largest span: 300.0 ft.
Total length: 961.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75350, -74.09508   (decimal degrees)
40°45'13" N, 74°05'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/576388/4511787 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43963 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 1, 2018: Updated by Andy Peters: adds detail on ownership and leaseholder; number of passengers per day; clearance below deck
  • July 19, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • July 19, 2018: Updated by Andy Peters: adds Pennsylvania Railroad to name of builder; adds New Jersey Transit and commuter rail to categories; adds photos; adds link to Amtrak replacement project page; adds Kearny, N.J., to locations
  • June 6, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated replacement plans
  • December 1, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 26, 2015: New photo from Andy Peters
  • July 1, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 30, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 



AMTK - Portal Bridge
Posted October 16, 2021, by Chris (racer1139 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A 1.6 billion dollar contract to(Skanska& Traylor) has been awarded to replace this bridge.

Amtrak - Portal Bridge
Posted March 28, 2021, by Chris (racer1139 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is scheduled to be replaced very soon or maybe is in the starting stages of being replaced.