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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc LaVorgna

RELEASE: March 8, 2005

NJDOT Commissioner Lettiere unveils new "Hyperbuild" initiative that will shave years off road construction projects and save hundreds of millions of dollars

(Newark) New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere today announced an innovative new initiative that is already gaining attention nationwide called "Hyperbuild."   Lettiere's Hyperbuild program will shave years off of road construction projects and save hundreds of millions of dollars in construction, design, and road user costs.   Lettiere unveiled the first 15 projects that will be completed under the Hyperbuild program-saving a total of over 48 years in project completion time and $628 million in costs.


"This program is about having a basic respect for motorist's time.   We need to have a sense of urgency when building a project that affects people's everyday lives," said Lettiere.   "Motorists sit in more than enough traffic already in New Jersey.   So we are finding ways to complete projects faster, therefore staying out of people's way."


The impetus for the Hyperbuild initiative came this past summer when the Route 70 Bridge in Southampton Township, Burlington County was destroyed during the July flooding.   The emergency necessitated that the Department rebuild the bridge immediately and it was completed rebuilt in only four months.


"The question became, why do we need a natural disaster to complete a project that quickly?" recalled Lettiere.   "This is very much about a culture change, an internal transformation in the department that centers around getting things done faster."


The Hyperbuild project strategy will condense any one or all phases of a road project's development, which are the scoping, design, and construction phase.   Unfortunately, every DOT project cannot be built using this accelerated technique .   Projects that are selected to be part of the Hyperbuild program typically have environmental or Right-of-Way concerns that can be resolved quickly and the department has the opportunity to use new construction or design concepts to move the project to completion faster.  


"Wherever we have an opportunity to employ this technique, we are going to try it," added Lettiere.


The method in which each project will be streamlined will vary from project to project. Language will be written into each Hyperbuild construction contract that will ensure the contractor completing the work will keep to the accelerated completion dates.


Lettiere has selected 15 projects throughout the state to be included as initial Hyperbuild projects, but more projects will be chosen for inclusion in time.   The list of the initial 15 projects is attached.


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