South Jersey Light Rail

Camden, NJ

In a landmark project for the state of New Jersey, and the nation as a whole, New Jersey Transit called for the construction of the 34-mile long Southern New Jersey Light Rail Transit System (SNJLRTS).

The SNJLRTS operates state-of-the-art light rail vehicles over an existing Conrail right-of-way between Trenton and Camden, NJ, parallel to the Delaware River, and serves as one of the state’s most important and widely used modes of transportation. The huge project would require complex track relocation, building demolition, and associated environmental aspects.

Conti was the constructor on Bechtel’s Design Build Operate Maintain team for New Jersey Transit, coordinating with multiple subs and adjacent contractors to bring this portion of the $700 million project to successful completion. Due to the complex nature of this large program, Conti tackled a number of challenging scopes including a 34-miles rail corridor, a yard shop, 20 station stops, 17 bridges, and 50 grade crossings that traversed the middle of small towns, historic districts, and sensitive wetlands areas. The team tailored its QA/QC plan specifically for the SNJLRTS project to meet NJT standards. This was especially important during the track relocation phase of the project, as Conti was required to demolish buildings directly adjacent to historical structures.  Conti was responsible for utility construction, earthwork, track bed preparation, retaining walls, paving, demolition of buildings, site work and concrete work, environmental remediation and traffic control.

The team completed the project on time and within budget, and helped deliver one of America’s foremost transportation systems.

Conti’s work resulted in the first track diesel light rail system in the United States.

Project details

Client New Jersey Transit (Bechtel)
Value $74M
Status Project Completed
Key features
  • Driving of piles
  • Grading and preparation of sub ballast
  • Installation of track
  • Control of traffic
  • Construction of earth retaining walls
  • Demolition of buildings
  • Loading, transportation, and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous soil (300,000 tons)

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