Skip to comments.New NJ Turnpike Widening Upsets Enviros as AECOM Wins $48M Study Contract
Posted on 04/29/2021 10:31:06 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A $48-million contract awarded March 23 to AECOM to study impacts of widening 34 miles of the most rural southern part of the 117.2-mile New Jersey Turnpike has upset state environmental activists who say the project conflicts with the state's push to combat climate change; officials say construction remains at least five years off.
The contract is the latest step in the overall $1.1-billion turnpike expansion plan outlined last year that focuses on addin a third lane in each direction to the section stretch between exits 1 and 4 through Camden County. But it also renewed criticism from advocates who say the project will boost greenhouse-gas emissions at a time when the state is investing heavily in cleaner energy and other strategies to reduce them.
AECOM, which did not respond to a request for comment, was chosen to do preliminary work on the widening, among 14 projects under the $24-billion capital program..
Transportation officials say public hearings have yet to be scheduled. Tom Feeney, a spokesman for the NJ Turnpike Authority, says it’s too early to tell whether adding a new lane in each direction would increase emissions, with impacts needing to be studied.
Also on the drawing board is a plan to double lanes from two to four in both directions on a three-mile turnpike section crossing Newark Bay closer to New York City, which would involve replacement or widening of three bridges and construction of a fourth bridge, estimated to cost $3.3 billion.
The new turnpike project would follow a $2.3-billion expansion completed several years ago along the 35-mile interchange 6 to 9 corridor.
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I’ll study it for half that!.......................
Did I read that correctly? $48 million for 34 miles of an additional lane (or 2? One in each direction?) and will take 5 years?
Looks Like a Great idea, I see no problems, the people need it,...
Send my Check for $24 million Please, 1/2 OFF!!
$48 Million JUST TO STUDY the idea!
LOL. I knew bureaucracy was bad. I didn’t know it was that bad!
I don’t see the need since cars will be pretty much verboten in the next 5 years.
So much for Biden’s $227.314 TRILLION so-called *infrastructure investments* ... the Greenie Marxists wouldn’t even let you cut the lawn in your own front yard, much less allow an expansion of a major highway
That's 10 miles per hour ... you're lucky at moving that fast !!!
Try being stuck on the Cross Bronx Expressway, 6 miles long, for over an hour and a half ... that's less than 4 miles per hour, and there isn't any obstruction either, just *normal traffic* .... yep, and slo-Joe is gonna fix all this, right ???
I’ve traveled the NJTP many times once being a resident. The area being widened is no more than a two lane country road at present which is ridiculous for what is a major interstate artery in the Nations most densely populated State.
For all of its leftist politics, New Jersey ain't run by stupid people. They've fast-tracked many of their highway projects by using bonds backed by toll revenues to finance them. This allows them to get the projects done without Federal money, so they can circumvent the Federal environmental review process.
Since everyone will be driving ELECTRIC CARS once these projects are finished, why are they objecting to them?
(and if you don’t know the answer, you need to learn a bit more about who this country’s enemies are and just what they REALLY want)
Yep, just the “study” To paraphrase an old joke about Jersey public works, “twenty million for you, twenty million for me and eight million for the dorks doing the study!”
Because it's a road like the New Jersey Turnpike running through developments built right up to the roadway edge, they can't build temporary lanes alongside the active lanes but instead have to do all the work on the active roadway. It's like renovating your house while living in it every day.
All that above is just for the roadway and connecting roadways. Add in nearby rail lines and crossing rail lines and it's a whole other level of pain.
Never thought I would say it, but, I miss the halcyon days when you could drive through much of that s_hole state in a thick red fog of stinking smoke with the headlights on and your eyes burning...
NYC flushed its toilet and dumped its trash directly onto about 20-miles of the open NJ marshlands for burning or burial... Even Jimmy Hoffa is still out there somewhere...
Who would have thought that things could have gotten far worse for NJ in the coming decades...
You have to remember that NJ spends per mile for road construction then anyone. Lot’s of people at the trough.
In the time it takes to do the “study” the Chinese will build entire highway systems.
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