NJ Transit is advancing the Lackawanna Cut project.
NJ Transit’s Board of Directors has advanced plans to restore rail service in Sussex County along the Lackawanna Cutoff with the approval of a contract to rehabilitate the Roseville Tunnel.
The rehabilitation of the Roseville Tunnel is a crucial element in restoring passenger rail service from Port Morris to a proposed new station in Andover.
“It has long been NJ Transit’s promise to the people of Sussex County to restore service along the Lackawanna Cut,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit President. Board. “The Roseville Tunnel Rehabilitation Contract demonstrates this administration’s commitment to turning words into action and providing accessible transit options and services to customers across the state.
“The Roseville Tunnel rehabilitation contract demonstrates NJ Transit’s commitment
commitment to Sussex County residents in restoring rail service along the Lackawanna Cut,” said Kevin Corbett, President and CEO of NJ Transit. “As we strive to maximize equitable access to public transit throughout New Jersey, I am thrilled that we are advancing this important project in the northwest part of our state, where public transit options are more limited.
The contract with Schiavone Construction Co. LLC of Secaucus, NJ includes the final design, construction and commissioning of the Roseville Tunnel Rehabilitation Project. The approximately $32.5 million contract is part of NJ Transit’s larger Lackawanna cutoff restoration project.
The Lackawanna Cut Restoration Project focuses on the planned restoration of passenger rail service to the eastern end of the Lackawanna Cut, between Port Morris and Andover, by constructing a new rail station at Andover and replacing approximately seven miles of track. As part of the project, the Roseville Tunnel, which is a rock tunnel located near Roseville Road in Byram Township, will be rehabilitated.
Work on the contract awarded to Schiavone Construction Co. LLC includes rock slope stabilization, construction of 8,000 feet of track bed, drainage, lighting and communication improvements for the tunnel, and replacement two culverts (the Hudson Farm culvert and the Junction Creek culvert), and other related works.
The Lackawanna Cut restoration project from Port Morris to Andover is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.