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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc LaVorgna or Brendan Gill

RELEASE: April 5, 2005

NJDOT starts $144 million road resurfacing program

Targets roads with most potholes for largest
resurfacing program in department history


(Trenton) - With the arrival of spring finally upon us, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has initiated an aggressive, $144 million road re-surfacing program across the state to combat potholes and poor driving surfaces, according to Commissioner Jack Lettiere. The program targets state highways that have been most susceptible to potholes. The department will have allocated $70 million toward road resurfacing projects by the end of this spring alone; an additional $74 million will be awarded before the end of the construction season.


“Potholes and poor road surfaces cause aggravation, increase driving hazards and impose the high costs of vehicle repair on us all.   Resurfacing these roads and highways will allow for safer, smoother, and less stressful travel, further improving the quality of life for every one,” said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey.


“This was a very difficult winter and we are seeing evidence of it by the number of potholes on our roadways.   We have repaired over 120,000 this year and there is still much work to be done,” noted Lettiere.   “Pothole repairs are only band-aids on the problem; in order truly get relief from potholes and poor driving surfaces roadways need to be resurfaced. This is our most extensive effort to date.”


The program will focus attention and resources on the task of optimizing roadway quality and safety in New Jersey, by milling and replacing 2-6 inches of pavement surface asphalt in areas where road conditions are presently sub-standard and prone to potholes.   The concentrated effort to repair deficient roads will commence in April and continue through the fall of this year.


Ongoing needs assessments of road surface quality are conducted by NJDOT's state of the art Pavement Management System, which generates and prioritizes the list of roads to be resurfaced.


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