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(Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority are advancing more than $1.1 billion in construction contracts for 2019, delivering smoother trips for New Jersey’s motorists and a robust investment for the Garden State’s economy.

NJDOT will issue over $500 million in construction contracts between now and March 2019 and the NJTA will issue more than $600 million, adding over $400 million in new projects currently under design.  

NJDOT is accelerating its first quarter construction program, increasing contract total value by $50 million. NJTA has identified more than $400 million in additional construction work in 2019.  

“New Jersey’s future depends on its transportation infrastructure.  Advancing these projects sends a message to New Jerseyans that we are increasing value for their tax dollars.  It also tells the business community that New Jersey is open for business and will make the infrastructure investment necessary to attract the best of the private sector,” Governor Murphy said today.   

The construction includes both projects that are already in the project pipeline and new work.

“Our customers deserve a better ride in their daily commute and that is what these projects will help deliver. It is important that the driving public continue to see improvement in the roads they use – and pay for – every day,” said State Transportation Commissioner and NJTA Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “By accelerating these contract awards, work will be in place early in the spring to take advantage of the full construction season. 

NJDOT Highlights

Route 80 from Fox Hill Road to Route 46 and from County Route 57 to I-95 – major repaving project (Bergen and Morris Counties).

Route 35 from Holmdel Road to Route 9 – major pavement project (Middlesex and Monmouth Counties).

Route 55 from Leaming Mill Road to Ellis Mill Road – major repaving project (Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester Counties). 

NJTA Highlights
Bridge decks at milepost 141 and 142 on the Garden State Parkway (Union County) will be reconstructed, extending the useful life of the roadway
Turnpike bridges at mileposts 30.75 (Camden County) and 33.94 (Burlington County) will be lengthened to prepare for the future widening of the southern portion of the New Jersey Turnpike. 

Both the Parkway and the Turnpike will get 25 new variable message signs providing motorists with more real-time reports about accidents, inclement weather and other situations, so they can make travel choices.