County Awards Contracts for Construction of Access Road & Bulkhead Work at Port of Paulsboro
(Woodbury) - Two contracts that will continue to move the Paulsboro Marine Terminal (Port of Paulsboro) project ahead were awarded today by the Gloucester County Improvement Authority.
A $15.7 million contract was awarded to AP Construction of Blackwood, NJ for the construction of an access road and overpass bridge that will directly connect the port to I-295, and a $48 million contract was awarded to Weeks Marine of Cranford, NJ for the bulkhead, dredging and sub-grade preparation activities for the future port were approved.
"The Port of Paulsboro is moving forward. The access road and bridge will keep large trucks and equipment off the streets of our neighborhoods so the community is not impacted by the operations of the port," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.
The access road and ¾ mile overpass-like bridge projects are being completely funded by the NJ State Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2011 and will continue for 20 months.
Sweeney said, "We have received competitive bids that have come in at or below the anticipated construction costs and it continues to demonstrate that now is the time to build this port. "The Port is going to generate over 2,000 jobs and about $12 million a year in tax revenues. We are ready to move to the next level and get it built.""
The Improvement Authority, the project manager for the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, received 5 bids for the access road and bridge and 6 for the dredging, bulkhead and sub-grade work.
The dredging, bulkhead and sub-grade work is scheduled to start in January 2011 and take approximately one year to complete. Primary work items consist of earthwork (filling and compaction), installation of a perimeter knee wall for fill purposes, installation of a combi-wall (i.e. Low-profile bulkhead wall) that reduces dredge material quantities, dredging and stormwater management systems