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Port Elizabeth Intermodal Transfer Facility

New Jersey

As New York and New Jersey’s most valuable container ship facility, the Port Newark Elizabeth Marine Terminal is a major component of the PANYNJ.

​The Port Authority needed to boost the efficiency of the Elizabeth Marine Terminal (known as Port Elizabeth) by adding a new Intermodal Transfer Facility. This purpose of this new facility was to take cargo from incoming trains and transfer it to ships, and vice versa.

Conti closely managed this complex design-build construction. Conti’s construction of the Intermodal Transfer Facility included four miles of railroad track and 110,000 cubic yards of asphalt pavement for the entire site to provide “free range” movement of Reach Stackers and Straddle Carriers used to perform transfer between transport mediums. The team also removed 4,000 feet of existing rail and reclaimed 138,000 square yards of existing asphalt pavement for re-use, saving time and money. Additionally, Conti self-performed all grading, earthwork, placement of ballast, utility installation or relocation and track installation work.

Conti rerouted or removed a complex network of utilities, including 4,500 feet of water main, power/communications duct banks, and 12 100-foot-tall High Mast Light Towers founded on steel pipe piles and concrete foundations.

Working with our designers, Conti developed a creative approach to project planning. We systematically devised separate design packages to coincide with the three phases of work so that construction activities could begin on-site prior to completion of final design to expedite the project schedule.

Conti worked through complex utility re-routings and challenging site logistics to construct PANYNJ’s new facility all with minimal disruptions to rail traffic.


Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Scope of Work:
  • Project management, design, and construction
  • Removal of existing surface features
  • Grading, earthwork, and paving
  • Installation and relocation of utilities
  • Installation of rail system and track
  • Work in a congested environment

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