Bridge Pontoon For NY/NJ Rail

Staff | September 28, 2010

Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Group, delivered a "bridge pontoon" to New York New Jersey Rail LLC, New York City's only rail car float business serving the New York-New Jersey Region. The bridge pontoon is a unique maritime rail component of New York New Jersey Rail's infrastructure rehabilitation program, and acts as a floatation chamber to support an active rail bridge located on the Brooklyn, New York, waterfront.

NYNJR operates the federally regulated railroad which provides railcar float barge ferry services across the Hudson River between the Bush Terminal Rail Yard in Brooklyn, New York, and the Greenville Rail Yard in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The bridge pontoon was constructed at Great Lakes Shipyard's new facilities on the South Bank of the Old River Channel in two modules and was transported by truck to the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority docks where it was loaded onto a train for delivery to Brooklyn, New York.

The Great Lakes Group of transportation companies have been in Cleveland since the turn of the 19th century. Recently, the Cleveland-based company built a new fabrication and repair facility for the construction of unique custom-designed sectional and truckable barge units such as the bridge pontoon, and for tugboat construction.

NYNJR is part of the national transportation rail system and moves rail freight by rail barge across New York Harbor between Brooklyn, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey. NYNJR is a privately held, New York limited liability company headquartered in West Seneca, New York.