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$1 billion worth of construction
is under way in state


The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has awarded 71 construction contracts worth $325 million since January. By the end of the year, the Department expects to award an additional $235 million, a 42 percent increase from last year.

The NJDOT is reviewing ways to expedite the advance of new projects from initial study stages to actual construction.

Even with a current capital budget of $2.5 billion, the state faces an additional $2.5 billion deficit to fix its aging bridges over the next five years. New Jersey's mass transit system, especially in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks, requires hundreds of millions of dollars in new equipment and infrastructure. Highways are already congested and the state's population continues to grow.

The NJDOT is learning to do more with less and find new ways to fix a transportation system in need of repair. The state's innovative effort to fund the repairs to the aging Driscoll Bridge that carries the Garden State Parkway over the Raritan River underscores this approach. The bridge carries more than a quarter of a million cars daily and is the source of chronic congestion. The financing plan involves utilizing funds from the Parkway, as well as the New Jersey Turnpike. As a result, a contract has been awarded and construction is expected to start in the spring.

Innovation and planning will play a crucial role as the NJDOT advances other congestion-relief initiatives, including the reconstruction of the junction of I-295, I-76 and Routes 42 and 55 in Camden and Gloucester counties. As the Department plans its budget, it will continue a "Fix-it-First" approach with a renewed emphasis on coordination between all transportation authorities.
 
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  Last Updated:  January 20, 2005