The Gateway Program Development Corp. has released a series of fact sheets to emphasize the design and planning of major projects to counter what its members consider misinformed and impractical alternative ideas regarding the program’s major projects and costs.
The corporation says the construction cost estimates for the Portal North Bridge and Hudson Tunnel projects have remained consistent. Any fluctuation in estimates is a result of inflation, which adds as much as 3.5 percent for every year of delay.
Gateway is responsible for planning the estimated $20 billion infrastructure project.
The corporation says that replacing the fully-designed and permitted 2.3 mile-long Portal North Bridge project with a 3- or 4-track bridge is not feasible and would not add additional capacity.
“GDC welcomes constructive input for how best to deliver these projects as quickly and cost effectively as possible, but we have to set the record straight when there are ill-considered proposals that would send us back to square one,” Stephen Sigmund, GPDC’s Chief Public Outreach Officer, said in a statement.