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New York Area Student's Day 2023

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On October 20, 2023, over 300 students and faculty representing nineteen colleges and universities from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and the United States Military Academy, attended Students Day at NJ Transit’s Portal North Bridge project in Kearney, NJ.

The New York/New Jersey Education Sub-Committee chaired by Terry Flynn, and Moles members Brian Reilly, who is the Project Director for Skanska Traylor PNB JV and Construction Manager Willie Cruz with their logistics team, worked tirelessly to ensure students were exposed to the project’s various construction features that were fortuitously being worked on simultaneously along the project’s 2.5 mile route. Drilled shafts; micropiles; steel pre-fabrication; trestle work; marine and substructures, this site had it all!

This 1.56 billion dollar bridge replacement project, the largest award in NJ Transit history, involves building a new two-track fixed structure rising more than 50-feet over the river, doubling the height of the existing bridge, and, including the approaches, will span nearly 2.5 miles of the Northeast Corridor linking Newark, NJ and Penn Station, NY. Once completed, the new bridge will significantly improve the congestion issues affecting more than 450 daily Amtrak and NJ Transit trains that currently rely on the 110 years-old bridge and its malfunctioning swing span.

This Students Day was no small undertaking and The Moles thanks NJ Transit for allowing and supporting The Moles in hosting the annual “walking classroom”. We thank Amtrak for their role in approving and assisting in this event. Impressive were the over eighty Moles volunteers who assisted in setting up the PPE and on tour; their enthusiasm was palpable despite the rain! Due to the generosity of Skanska and Moles Members’ donations, all attendees were outfitted with proper safety equipment, a priority on all Moles Students Day tours!