The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) has announced a new way to ensure a competitive bidding pool and advance early work on the Hudson Tunnel Project. The new strategy divides the civil works project into four packages. The work encompasses the excavation and construction of a new tunnel under the Palisades in New Jersey and the Hudson River, connecting to Penn Station in Manhattan.\n\nThis first portion of the project consists of two tubes, each 2.4 miles (3.86 kilometers) long.\n\n\u201cOur job is to get the Hudson Tunnel Project built. Advancing critically important parts of the project and developing contracting strategies with private industry that will ensure a competitive, qualified group of bidders are key steps to staying ahead of the game, keeping the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project moving forward, and delivering this project for the region and the nation,\u201d said Balpreet Grewal-Virk, GDC co-chair and New Jersey commissioner.\n\nThe four new packages for the work include:\n\nPackage 1A\u2014the portion of the tunnel through the Palisades to the construction shaft in Hoboken, New Jersey.\n\nPackage 1B\u2014the section of the tunnel going through the bulkhead of the West Side of Manhattan, under Hudson River Park and connecting to the new construction shaft between West 30th and 29th Streets.\n\nPackage 1C\u2014which includes the tunneling under the Hudson River from the new construction shaft in Hoboken to the new construction shaft in Manhattan.\n\nAll three packages will be delivered via Design-Build.\n\nAn additional fourth contract package, Contract Package EA1, is an early work project and expected to commence prior to the project\u2019s full construction. This Hudson River Ground Stabilization package will help de-risk the full project by fortifying and stabilizing the river bottom on the New York side of the Hudson River. The work is designed to create an improved condition in which to bore the new tunnel through the eastern portion of the Hudson River section of the project. The work will also comply with all environmental regulations to ensure the protection of the river--it will only be done during specified times to protect fish spawning and wildlife.\n\nYou can find out more about the project and see videos and renderings of the effort here.\n\nPhoto courtesy of GDC.