As part of its 10 Year Capital Investment Program, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) recently announced more than 50 construction projects totaling $2,080,000,000 are to be put out to bid in 2010.
Of a total of $7 billion to be spent during the decade-long plan, widening and bridge improvement projects dominate at $2,900,000,000 and $1,775,000,000, respectively, followed by improvements to interchanges ($960,000,000), roadways ($790,000,000), and Turnpike facilities ($575,000,000).
In 2010 the Turnpike Authority will be awarding contracts as follows:
• Widening Projects: $1,500,000,00
• Bridge Improvements: $355,000,000
•Interchange Improvements: $120,000,000
• Roadway Improvements: $65,000,000
• Facility Improvements: $40,000,000
The Turnpike is being widened between Interchanges 6 to 9, as is the Garden State Parkway from Milepost 48 to Milepost 63. The two toll roads are among the busiest in the country and have long been severely and routinely overcrowded.
The Turnpike’s 35-mi. long $2.7 billion widening project is the largest of its type to be carried out by the Authority to date. When completed the increased capacity is expected to keep traffic moving smoothly until at least 2040.
The project calls for the Turnpike to be widened between Mansfield Township, Burlington County and East Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, to six lanes in each direction, and with a completion date of 2014, it is estimated as many as 18,000 jobs will be created during the life of the job.
The Garden State Parkway is to be widened to three lanes in each direction between Milepost 30 in Somers Point, Cape May County, and Milepost 80 in Toms River, Ocean County.
Bridge improvement contracts to be let this year include deck reconstruction ($140,000,000) and repairs ($40,000,000), substructure repair ($5,000,000), and painting ($5,000,000), with $60,000,000 allocated for bridge security measures.
Although for significant amounts, interchange improvement projects represent a smaller portion of overall 2010 bids, given they involve only Parkway Interchanges 9, 10 and 11 ($110,000,000) and 141, 145, and 150 ($10,000,000). Contracts to be awarded this year for improvements to highways cover resurfacing pavement ($20,000,000) and drainage repairs ($5,000,000), as well as improvements to safety measures ($10,000,000) and signage ($30,000,000).
Structures slated to be improved under 2010 contracts include toll utility and maintenance buildings, including the Holmdel motor vehicle maintenance facility ($10,000,000, $23,000,000 and $2,000,000, respectively). In addition, $5,000,000 has been set aside for miscellaneous improvements.
This year’s bids feature a number of notable contracts, such as bridge deck reconstruction ($100 to $150 million) in April and the Interchange 8 toll plaza on the Turnpike ($15 to $25 million) the following month. August bids include microwave tower rehabilitation ($0 to $5 million), and September’s features bridge security work ($5 million to $10 million). October bidding will include bridge rehabilitation ($20 million to $30 million) and December projects to be bid include grade separation for Interchanges 9, 10 and 11 on the Turnpike ($100 million to $125 million) and two contracts for installation of variable message signs ($15 million to $20 million apiece).
The first batch of contracts was awarded in Jan. 26, 2010.
For the Interchanges 6 to 9 widening program, D’Annunzio & Sons Inc., of Clark, N.J, will carry out grading, drainage, paving, structures and lighting from Mileposts 74.3 to 82.3, in the Townships of Monroe, South Brunswick, East Brunswick and the Borough of Milltown, in Middlesex County. With the addition of signage, IEW Construction Group, based in Trenton, N.J., will be working on similar projects in the Mansfield Township, Burlington County.
D’Annunzio & Sons Inc. also will be carrying out bridge repairs and resurfacing from Mileposts 0 to 122 on the Turnpike as well as on the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension and the Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension. Bridge repairs and resurfacing between Mileposts 126 to 172 will be done by Joseph M. Sanzari Inc., of Hackensack, N.J.
Central Jersey Landscaping Inc., headquartered in Chesterfield, N.J., is to carry out reforestation work, planting more than 6,000 trees on approximately 18 acres in Bordenton Township, Burlington County, and Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinville, N.J., will be repainting structural steel on the Basilone Memorial Raritan River bridge.
At press time, contracts awarded on Feb. 23, 2010, are still subject to the New Jersey governor’s veto, since the 10-day veto period had not yet expired.
The contracts in question are:
• Highway Safety Systems Inc., Hammonton, N.J., for sign panel replacement between mileposts 0 and 48.7;
• G & P Parlamas Inc., Neptune, N.J., for construction of the Holmdel Motor Vehicle Facility;
• Stavola Contracting Company Inc., Tinton Falls, N.J., for central pavement restoration and miscellaneous improvements between mileposts 75 and 143;
• M. L. Ruberton Construction Company Inc., Folsom, N.J., for guide rail improvements between Mileposts 0 and 30; and
• PKF-Mark III Inc., Newtown, Pa., for installation of variable message signs at new and current locations on the Turnpike and Parkway.