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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: June 9, 2004

NJDOT completes new River Street rail trestle
in Hackensack


(Hackensack) - NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere joined Mayor John Zisa and Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney today in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the River Street Rail Trestle reconstruction project in Hackensack. This $5 million project will vastly improve safety and reduce congestion through Hackensack.

The trestle, owned by the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, had vertical and horizontal clearance restrictions over River Road that caused traffic congestion and diverted truck traffic onto Main Street's commercial corridor for over three decades.

"This project is a perfect example of how a public-private partnership can work on all levels of government," said Lettiere. "State, county and local governments working along with the NJSW Railway solved a decades old problem."

The total cost of the project was $5 million, with $2.1million contributed by NJDOT through the Rail Freight Assistance program. The work included a complete bridge rehabilitation and an additional traffic lane on River Road. This investment provides property tax relief to Hackensack by relieving the city of the burden of financing the entire scope of the work.

"With the solution in hand, the Main Street commercial district will see much better traffic flow and customer access that will transform into financial rewards for the city of Hackensack," said Mayor Zisa.

The NYSW operates over 400 miles of track in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and serves over 85 customers that transport a wide range of commodities such as feed ingredients, building materials, chemicals plastics, food products, paper products, motor vehicles and metals.

"I would like to thank the NJDOT, NYS&W Railroad and the City of Hackensack for coming to a consensus and working together.   Bergen County residents will reap the rewards," said Executive McNerney.


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