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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: August 12, 2004


NJDOT rehabilitates Routes 40 & 55 in Franklin, Pittsgrove, Upper Pittsgrove Townships

(Ewing) New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere announced the rehabilitation of portions of Routes 40 & 55 in Franklin, Pittsgrove, and Upper Pittsgrove Townships.   This $450,000 project involves the milling and paving of ramps to Routes 40 & 55 in Franklin and also paving of several stretches of Route 40 and the installation of new curbing on Route 40 in Pittsgrove and Upper Pittsgrove.

“This project is a prime example of Governor McGreevey's ‘Fix-It-First' initiative which prioritizes the repair and rehabilitation of existing roads and bridges,” said Commissioner Lettiere.   This investment marks a significant improvement in the safety and quality of life for Salem and Gloucester County residents.”

This project, awarded to Arawak Paving Co., Inc. of Hammonton includes t he repaving of the ramp from Route 55 Northbound to Route 40 Eastbound, and the ramp from Route 40 Westbound to Route 55 Northbound.   New curbing has been constructed on the ramps from Route 40 Westbound to Route 55 Northbound. In order to keep traffic open, Route 40 mainline paving was completed from milepost 20.3 - 22.8 in Pittsgrove using alternating lane closures.   No closures or detours were necessary during this project.   NJDOT made these repairs in response to requests from local residents.

“NJDOT's top priority is ensuring a safe and quick trip for motorists,” stated Lettiere.   “We will continue to be responsive to the requests of residents to make their ride safer, less congested, and more enjoyable.”

Governor McGreevey recently signed the FY05 budget into law, finalizing the $2.58 billion capital program for NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT.   The FY05 capital program is a fiscally responsible, robust investment in New Jersey's transportation network. The capital program fulfills Governor McGreevey's commitment to improving safety, easing congestion by using smart growth and fix-it-first strategies, and providing needed property tax relief to New Jersey's counties and municipalities.   The FY 2005 capital program allows NJDOT to repair and rehabilitate over 15,000 lane miles of state highway, 32,000 miles of county and municipal roadways, 5,000 state and local bridges. This robust program will also put record amounts of work on the street. In FY 2005 alone NJDOT will award more than $740 million worth of engineering and construction contracts.

To help the NJDOT spot repairs, the public can call toll free: 1-800-POTHOLE (1-800-768-4653), or log onto the NJDOT's website at www.njcommuter.com. The online reporting system and pothole hotline make it easy for motorists to report potholes on state highways.


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  Last Updated:  August 12, 2004