LOS ANGELES — A joint venture led by AECOM Technology Corporation was awarded an $18 million contract by the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors for the Portal Bridge Capacity Enhancement project. The authorization covers construction management consultant services for early action elements of a planned 7.5-year assignment, valued at approximately $94 million overall.

The AECOM-STV joint venture will provide construction management services for the estimated $1.7 billion project that will replace the two-track, 99-year-old Portal Bridge swing span over the Hackensack River on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. Two new two-track and three-track fixed bridges will replace the existing structure, on the busiest section of passenger rail mainline in North America.

John M. Dionisio, AECOM’s president and chief executive officer said, “This important

infrastructure project allows more capacity and service reliability for the growing number of rail travelers between New Jersey and New York City.”

Early construction is expected to begin during late spring 2010. The replacement bridges are slated for completion in 2017.