Portal Bridge Malfunction Causes Heavy Delays

Portal Bridge

Late evening commuters had to endure lengthy delays on Wednesday night due to a malfunction in the Portal Bridge that spans the Hackensack River from Secaucus to Kearny.

The 100-year-old bridge was stuck in the open position for nearly three hours after opening to allow marine traffic. The problem caused train service to be delayed ever after the bridge was closed shortly before midnight.

As a result, service was suspended on multiple New Jersey Transit train lines, but all should be fixed for this morning’s commute. The bridge is owned and operated by Amtrak.

The bridge, which was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and opened in 1910, is scheduled to be dismantled in 2017. In December 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration approved a $1.34 billion project to replace the bridge with a pair of new bridges.